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News bulletin 16 Decemberon 16 December
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 525, Wednesday 16 December 2020
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Is COVID-19 a sufficient excuse for the Year of the Nurse being a bit of a damp squib? NO, says New Zealand Nurses Organisation president and ...
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The loss of two full-time nursing jobs at Ashburton Hospital is not a cost saving exercise but a structure change to limit duplication in roles, better ...
They have been at this for almost a year. While politicians argued about masks, superspreader weddings made the news, a presidential election came and went, and at least 281,000 Americans died, nurses reported for work. The Post asked seven ICU nurses what it’s been like to care for the sickest covid patients. This is what they want you to know.
Some San Francisco nurses are speaking out about a two-day intensive care unit training program California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Dec. 7, reports local ABC affiliate KGO.
For many nurses across the country, the nearly yearlong battle against COVID-19 has brought on some of the toughest times of their career and unimaginable strain. Seven intensive care unit nurses from hard hit areas spoke to The Washington Post about the toll it takes to care for the most critical COVID-19 patients.
A year after the prime minister pledged during the 2019 election campaign to add 50,000 nurses to the NHS, the Royal College of Nursing has accused ...
The WHO published a new report on the health care workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, including data on the number of staff who have become infected and have died. Since May, ICN has called for this type of data to be collated and centrally held so that it can aid in the understanding of the virus and potentially save lives, in addition to acting as an official record of health care staff who have died from COVID-19.
It is expected the report by the High Level Vaccine Taskforce will recommend all healthcare workers, including GPs, nurses and pharmacists be ...
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has hailed the launch of the Tiaki Whānau pilot programme to support young parents, saying it’s based on a long history of programmes “and they’ve shown they work”.
MAKING ENDS MEET: As the sting of Covid-19 hits home, reporter Vicki Anderson and visual journalist Chris Skelton, offer a voice to those living and working on the frontlines of poverty.
It has been estimated that up to a quarter of a million children, young people and vulnerable adults were abused in state and faith-based care between 1950 and 2019.
COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
EXPLAINER: The trans-Tasman bubble is closer to inflating than it ever has been in the past year. But there are still a few creases to be ironed out before the first quarantine-free flight arrives from Australia.
A controversial change in how Dunedin Hospital will treat emergency patients has been approved by the Southern District Health Board.
Serious adverse events at the Capital & Coast District Health Board nearly doubled to 61 in the year ended June.
Tributes have been flowing for the late Dr Rose Pere as te ao Māori mourns a revered spiritual leader.
A Samoan academic has become the first Pacific woman to be appointed in a professorial role at New Zealand's Otago University.
The Auditor-General has warned that the national polytechnic could lose $53 million this year and double that amount next year.
The national polytechnic Te Pukenga is expecting to end its first year of existence with a deficit of $29
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has today announced more than $6.3 million in funding for 11 new research studies designed to help ensure equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for all New Zealanders during the recovery from COVID-19 and future infectious disease threats.
The country’s health system is overstretched, underfunded and inequitable with District Health Boards ending the financial year $874 million in the red.
Covid-19 forced GPs to quickly adapt to a situation where face-to-face visits were cancelled overnight. Mike Houlahan explores how lessons from lockdown are changing how doctors see their patients and having a lasting impact on healthcare in the South. Read more
New changes coming into effect on Christmas Eve will see police and health practitioners share more information regarding patients who have access to firearms.
Mental health patients are still being locked in small sparse seclusion rooms despite district health boards being told to end the practice by the end of the year. Read more
The number of incidents where patients were unintentionally harmed in public hospitals has risen by more than 10 percent in a year.
The annual summary of adverse events data from 2019/20 has been released by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. Read more
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
A GP shortage across the country means having the comfort and continuity of care of your local doctor is a thing of the past for many New Zealanders, all while locum costs soar in rural areas. Bridie Witton and Piers Fuller report.
East and south Auckland’s only private 24-hour medical clinic is scrapping its
overnight service after more than 20 years due to fears for staff and patient safety.
Successive governments have failed to prioritise physical activity, and New Zealanders' health and wellbeing continues to decline, a leading public health academic says.
Older nurses and midwives experience a range of workplace challenges including physical difficulties, tiredness and fatigue, being treated differently, and lack of respect and opportunities, a new Australian study has revealed.
REPORTS AND NEW PUBLICATIONS
This report draws on a series of reflective conversations, conducted between April and September 2020 with five medics working in different parts of NHS Scotland. The conversations reflected on what can be achieved when united by a common purpose, and when work is underpinned by relationships and collaboration.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
The level of competence of graduating nursing students in 10 European countries—Comparison between countries.
Kajander‐Unkuri, S, Koskinen, S, Brugnolli, A, et al.
Nurs Open. 2020; 00: 1– 15. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.712
To analyse graduating nursing students’ self‐assessed competence level in Europe at graduation, at the beginning of nursing career.
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