News bulletin 21 October

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Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.

No. 517, Wednesday 21 October 2020

Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally


Meet the nurses who put their hearts on the frontline during the pandemic

It seems eerily prophetic that 2020 was chosen by the World Health Organisation last year to be the International Year of the Nurse. Thanks to Covid-19, the vital work that nurses do has come to the fore, as they tend to the sick and vulnerable, often putting themselves at risk to help the rest of us stay safe and well. Donna Fleming meets four nurses who’ve been making a difference during the pandemic. Read more



Australian doctors, nurses and aged care workers tell us how they're dealing with COVID-19

Half an hour into a 12-hour shift, elastic starts to cut into the skin behind Jack's* ears.

The mask straps have to be tight, but he wears glasses too, so it doesn't take long for the pressure to become pain.


International Council of Nurses announces International Nurses Day theme for 2021

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) today announced the theme for International Nurses Day 2021 (#IND2021). Following on from previous years, the overarching theme for IND is Nurses: A Voice to Lead. The sub-theme for 2021 is A Vision for Future Healthcare



Kiwis living longer in poor health; populations more at risk of Covid - study

Latest global disease estimates reveal perfect storm of rising chronic diseases and public health failures fuelling COVID-19 pandemic



Study unpacks the NZ experience of Covid-19 during the first wave - ESR

The international profile of New Zealand’s COVID-19 pandemic response has been raised once more by an ESR-led study > published in the Lancet Public Health.


Coronavirus: Auckland MIQ facility staff do their own COVID-19 health checks amid 'severe' nurse ...

Newshub can reveal staff at all 18 of Auckland's managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) hotels have been warned of a "severe" shortage of nurses.


Coronavirus: Nurses say staff shortages at Auckland's MIQ facilities 'a shambles', leading to burnout

Two nurses working in Auckland's managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) hotels have described staff shortages as "a shambles". Both say it's ...


The Big Read: Three things to know about NZ's big Covid 19 vaccine roll-out

The Big Read: Three things to know about NZ's big Covid 19 vaccine roll-out ... There's a clear reason to prioritise front-line healthcare workers.



Māori health inequality studied from overseas – Expert Reaction

New research shows a significant difference in Type 2 diabetes health outcomes between Māori and Pākehā.

The research team – from China, Australia, Britain, and New Zealand – analysed the health records of more than 45,000 people with diabetes in New Zealand over approximately 25 years.



Kiwis need better education on nutrition fundamentals - research

Despite living in a country where health and wellbeing is among the top 10 concerns for New Zealanders[1], new research released today has revealed that New Zealanders need further education on the fundamentals of eating a balanced and nutritious diet.



Vulnerable students: What if there are no red flags?

Every year about 580 people are lost to suicide in New Zealand, many of them students. A Stuff examination of 270 coroners’ reports of student suicides from 2007 to 2019 found that one in three had no known mental health concerns. How can vulnerable students be helped in time when there are no red flags? Sam Sherwood and Mariné Lourens investigate. 



Medicinal Cannabis Prescriptions By Doctors Up 84% In Six Months - Govt Data

The volume of medicinal cannabis prescribed by doctors in New Zealand is up 84% in the first six months of 2020 according to new Government data.



 The article below is not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access

Managing workplace change: Intergenerational perspectives from Victorian public hospital nurses

Jennifer White, Graham Hepworth, Jose Alvarado … et al

Collegian (Article in Press).   Published:September 29, 2020DOI:


In response to a growing nursing shortage internationally, alongside an ageing population, strategies to retain older nurses in the workforce are warranted. As a result, it is important to understand nurse experiences and develop strategies to retaining older nurses in the workforce.


What are the experiences of change management, career intentions, learning and development, and wellbeing across different generations of Victorian public health nurses?


The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as of October 20 2020


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