News bulletin 11 November

on 11 November

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 520, Wednesday 11 November 2020

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


Celebrating a te reo Māori title for New Zealand’s nurse practitioners

A Māori language title has been gifted to Aotearoa New Zealand’s nurse practitioners by Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Maori—Māori Language Commission.  The te reo Māori title is mātanga tapuhi.


Nurse Practitioner recipient of 2020 Peter Snow Memorial Award

South Canterbury MÄtanga Tapuhi (Nurse Practitioner) Tania Kemp (NgÄ MÄhanga A Tairi, affiliation with NgÄti Mutunga O Wharekauri) has been announced as the 2020 recipient of the Peter Snow Memorial Award.


Leading Māori nurse confronted with 'force of hate' online

The Māori head of the New Zealand Nursing Organisation says she's been the victim of incessant, targeted online abuse - including death threats - for ...


Veteran nurse who complained of racism: 'It exists, it's rampant'

Cherene Neilson-Hornblow has been a mental health nurse for 26 years, and immediately reported the nurse's online behaviour to the Nursing Council ...


Nurses union call for rethink of managed isolation after second community Covid-19 case

The New Zealand Nurses union is “extremely concerned” about nurses working in managed isolation facilities, saying there should be a rethink of the ...


Unsafe MIQ Staffing And Conditions Putting Us All At Risk

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says two health workers infected with COVID-19 in Christchurch are a symptom of systemic, structural ...


Covid-infected nurse 'did everything right', report finds

Auckland's DHBs have acknowledged hotels are not ideal healthcare venues in a report into how a nurse caught Covid at the city's quarantine facility.


COVID Pushes National Awards Entry Deadline Out Till New Year

New Zealand’s only national primary healthcare awards have taken a COVID hit and organisers have made the decision to extend the entry deadline.


Nurses strike over lack of pay parity

Primary care nurses, many of whom had never dreamed of going on strike in their lives, walked off the job in GP clinics and medical practices around the region yesterday as part of a nationwide strike.


Striking Primary Health Care Workers Just Want Due Respect

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Primary Health Care Nurses ... We are building on our offering with our new In-depth Engaged ...



Nurse-led initiative cuts unnecessary urine cultures at Johns Hopkins Hospital: 4 things to know

An antibiotic stewardship intervention program led by nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore led to a reduction of inappropriate urinary cultures for adult patients, according to a pilot study published in the November issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.


BCEN's 2020 Distinguished CEN Award winner Jude Lark discusses how certified nurses have innovated during the pandemic and how hospital and nurse leaders can help them succeed.


Analysis: The role of nurses in meeting the challenge of 'long Covid'

At the same time, it is becoming clear that many nurses themselves are among the “significant minority” of people who are experiencing ongoing ...


New intake of nurses begin work supporting men with prostate cancer across Australia

An extra source of support has been made available for Australian men with prostate cancer as they navigate their diagnosis and treatment choices. Read more


Team-based models of care – it’s time to make it work for patients

‘Providing high quality, co-ordinated care for people with complex chronic diseases is an ongoing challenge' says Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). 'While the need for team-based models of care has been promoted for decades, our health system is still facing challenges in operationalising them’. 


Study of 200 countries highlight Kiwi kids among the unhealthiest in the world

A huge study comparing 65 million school-aged children across 200 countries and territories has highlighted New Zealand children among the unhealthiest in the world.


'Exceptional and inspiring' youth hub in central Christchurch gets the green light 

A $20 million youth hub in central Christchurch has been given the go-ahead – but only just.

The hub, planned for Salisbury St and Gracefield Ave, has been granted a resource consent, despite vehement opposition from neighbours. Read more


Growing Up in New Zealand: what life is like for 8-year-old Kiwi kids

Eight-year-olds in New Zealand are mostly living busy, happy lives, but poverty, obesity and hardship still plague childhood for many.



Report shows Covid-19's long-term impact on Auckland public health

Covid-19 has put a huge dent in the fight against smoking, obesity and alcohol harm in Auckland, a new report says.

Covid-19: NZ needs a ‘traffic light’ system to stop coronavirus creeping in at the border

Following the sixth Covid-19 incursion in three months, New Zealand needs to shift from a one-size-fits-all strategy to a risk-based approach to border management.


Covid-19: Lockdown took emotional toll on Kiwis, survey finds

Lockdown took a toll on New Zealanders’ mental health, with almost one-third experiencing moderate to severe psychological distress and one in 10 reporting some form of family harm during alert level 4, a survey has found.


Covid quarantine system: 'We need an additional step'

New Zealand's 'one-size-fits-all' quarantine system for arriving travellers needs to be changed, says an epidemiologist.


Covid-19, politics and burnout bringing international doctors to NZ

As Covid-19 cases have risen overseas so has the desire of doctors to come to New Zealand's shores. 


PHOs ‘essential’ in face of Covid-19

Covid-19 has provided a compelling argument why primary health organisations must survive any revamping of the health system, WellSouth chairman Doug Hill says.


As Covid-19 cases spike, Europe runs low on ICU beds and hospital staff

Nursing students, interns, paramedics, all have been drafted, according to Health Minister Olivier Veran. "If the mobilisation is well and truly there, it is not ...


NHS England suspends one-to-one nursing for critically ill Covid patients

Exclusive: ICU nurses will be allowed to treat two people at same time as hospital admissions soar



New report on cultural safety and health equity for Māori | The Medical Council of New Zealand, in partnership with Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA)
The Medical Council of New Zealand, in partnership with Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA), has released an independent research report outlining findings on the current state of cultural safety and health equity delivered by doctors in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Māori with type 2 diabetes prescribed less medication, Waikato study finds

Māori people with diabetes aren't getting as much of a common medication as New Zealand Europeans, a Waikato study shows.


HIV tests to be dispensed through vending machines, in first for NZ

In a first for New Zealand, at home self-administered HIV testing kits will be available for free through 'smart’ vending machines.



Infection Prevention & Control

Research Review

Issue 10

The first two selections in this issue highlight lessons learned from the Havelock North campylobacteriosis outbreak and the more recent Canterbury measles outbreak.


Other highlights of this review include: 

Automated hand hygiene monitoring

Adherence with infection-prevention precautions

MSSA epidemiology in a neonatal ICU

We hope you will enjoy the papers selected for this issue and your patients and colleagues will benefit from them. We always appreciate receiving your feedback and suggestions.



Transforming clinical data into wisdom : Artificial intelligence implications for nurse leaders

Cato, Kenrick D. PhD, RN, CPHIMS, FAAN; McGrow, Kathleen DNP, MS, RN, PMP; Rossetti, Sarah Collins PhD, RN, FACMI, FAMIA 

Nursing Management (Springhouse): November 2020 - Volume 51 - Issue 11 - p 24-30 doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000719396.83518.d6

The increase in AI availability and use in healthcare makes it imperative that both nurse leaders and nurses have a fundamental understanding of AI when used in conjunction with clinical models, critical-thinking skills, and evidence-based practice.

Reconsidering the nursing role in antimicrobial stewardship: a multisite qualitative interview study

Kirby E, Broom A, Overton K, et al

BMJ Open 2020;10:e042321. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042321

Objectives This study responds to calls for greater focus on nursing roles, and the need for nursing integration within the antimicrobial optimisation agenda. The objective of this study was to explore Australian hospital nurses’ views on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in a hospital setting, in order to better understand the opportunities for and challenges to integration of nursing staff in antimicrobial optimisation within hospital settings.


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 10 November  2020


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