News bulletin 16 December

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No. 525, Wednesday 16 December 2020

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


COVID-19 hijacks nurses' big year but also demonstrates their importance

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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Two jobs lost in nursing changes at Ashburton Hospital

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 ...



What seven ICU nurses want you to know about the battle against covid-19

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.


Nurses question safety of California's 2-day ICU training program

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


ICU nurses weigh in on pandemic toll: 4 things to know

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. 


'We don't have enough nurses to keep all our patients safe,' says RCN leader

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 ...


International Council of Nurses (ICN) Comments on World Health Organization (WHO) Report on Health Care Workforce During COVID-19

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.


GPs, nurses, pharmacists and retired people could be used to give Covid-19 vaccine

It is expected the report by the High Level Vaccine Taskforce will recommend all healthcare workers, including GPs, nurses and pharmacists be ... 



Prime Minister confident at launch of new Whānau-centred young parents scheme, saying 'they've shown they work'

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”. 


Children's Commissioner: Child poverty progress 'wrecked' by Covid-19

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.


250,000 estimated to have been abused in state and faith based care

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: What needs to happen before the trans-Tasman bubble can inflate?

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.




Generalist approach for ED approved

A controversial change in how Dunedin Hospital will treat emergency patients has been approved by the Southern District Health Board.


Babies harmed in medical care at Capital and Coast DHB, while unexpected deaths double

Serious adverse events at the Capital & Coast District Health Board nearly doubled to 61 in the year ended June.




Dr Rose Pere, spiritual leader and academic, dies age 83

Tributes have been flowing for the late Dr Rose Pere as te ao Māori mourns a revered spiritual leader.


Samoan academic makes history at NZ's Otago University

A Samoan academic has become the first Pacific woman to be appointed in a professorial role at New Zealand's Otago University. 


Auditor-General warns of potential $53m loss for polytechnics

The Auditor-General has warned that the national polytechnic could lose $53 million this year and double that amount next year.


Te Pūkenga polytechnic's expected $29m deficit nearly half of previous forecast

The national polytechnic Te Pukenga is expecting to end its first year of existence with a deficit of $29



New Studies Put Health Equity At Centre Of COVID-19 Pandemic Response

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.




Overstretched, underfunded and inequitable: incoming Health Minister Andrew Little warned system is under immense strain

The country’s health system is overstretched, underfunded and inequitable with District Health Boards ending the financial year $874 million in the red.



Telehealth’s time brought forward

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




Police and health professionals will soon share more patient information regarding firearms licences

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 being secluded despite goal of ending practice by 2020

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









More than 600 failures in public hospitals for year ending June

The number of incidents where patients were unintentionally harmed in public hospitals has risen by more than 10 percent in a year.


Annual Summary Of Adverse Events Data From 2019/20 Released

The annual summary of adverse events data from 2019/20 has been released by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.  Read more




'We are all struggling': The 'crisis' in general practices leading to longer wait times, and difficulty finding a GP

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.


Auckland medical centre ends 24/7 service over safety issues, staff burnout

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.



Let's get physical: Kiwis' exercise habits on dangerous decline

Successive governments have failed to prioritise physical activity, and New Zealanders' health and wellbeing continues to decline, a leading public health academic says.







The workplace challenges faced by older nurses and midwives

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.





The courage to be kind: reflecting on the role of kindness in the healthcare response to COVID-19

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.




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.
To analyse graduating nursing students’ self‐assessed competence level in Europe at graduation, at the beginning of nursing career.



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 15 December  2020

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