News bulletin 3 February

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Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.

No. 529, Wednesday 3 February 2021

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


'Kind to the core' nurse calls time on 49-year career in care

She was a student looking forward to a career as a music teacher, until the transfer of her mentor shattered her music dream, and left her with Plan B.

For Rosemarie Nicholls, Plan B was training as a nurse. This February, the much-loved nurse, known to most as Rosie, will retire after a 49-year nursing career.


Central Otago nurse brings up 50 years of caring for others

The feel-good factor of seeing people leaving hospital in better shape than when they arrived will never leave an ex-Southlander with 50 years in nursing.

It’s an occupation Jill Hansen has always wanted to do.


Rose Pere: Born to push against the current

Dr Rangimārie Te Turuki Arikirangi Rose Pere: educator, conservationist; b July 25, 1937; d December 13, 2020

When Rose Pere was born in the remote Eastern Bay of Plenty settlement of Ruatāhuna, her mother was told that she would be a boy.




Nurse Practitioner Susan Orsega Appointed as Acting US Surgeon General

The Biden Administration appointed Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, as acting U.S. Surgeon General. The National League for Nursing (NLN) congratulated Adm. Orsega on her appointment and applauded President Biden for recognizing Adm. Orsega as one of the first nurses to serve in the surgeon general role


Dr. Fauci Says It's Nurses, Not Him, Who Are Inspiring The Next Generation

In November 2020, there were over 700,000 google searches on “how to become a nurse” and other related keywords. Now, more than ever, individuals want to become nurses. High school and college students are watching the pandemic unfold on TV and nurses are at the forefront of the fight. Most feel a need to help others, some are drawn to the fast-paced intensity of units such as the ICU and ER, and others see the job advertisements offering insanely high wages for crisis contracts. 


Chief Midwifery and Nursing Officer, Professor Alison McMillan's statement about Nurses' Key Role ...

Read the statement of Chief Midwifery and Nursing Officer, Professor Alison McMillan's statement about Nurses' Key Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout.


Northern Ireland announces Covid-19 bonus for nurses and students

Making the announcement last night, Northern Irish health minister Robin Swann (pictured top) revealed that some student nurses would also be offered ...


1 in 3 Ontario registered practical nurses considering quitting due to pandemic, poll suggests

'I have held hands with those dying alone,' respondent says in survey by nurses' group


New BC study shows nurses' physiological impacts of stress

New B.C. study shows nurses' physiological impacts of stress.



Cancer in NZ: Survival rates up, but inequities persist

More New Zealanders are surviving cancer than ever before, but survival rates languish behind other high-income countries – particularly among Māori. 


Cancer society seeks new ways to reach out to Māori patients

"Māori are 20 per cent more likely to get cancer than non-Māori, and nearly twice as likely as non-Māori to die from cancer." 



Sugar treatment cuts risks for newborn babies in NZ-Australia trial

Rubbing sugar gel inside the mouths of newborn babies at risk of hypoglycaemia reduced their odds of developing the disorder, a four-year trial conducted in maternity hospitals across New Zealand and Australia has found.




Covid long haulers fighting to be heard

As the world grapples with its worst health crisis in a century, a secondary pandemic is starting to take hold, one which could be with us for months if not years after Covid-19 has been eradicated.


Covid-19: Ministry of Health reveals increased stock of PPE, more ventilators available

The Ministry of Health says it has more than nine months worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) in stock at current usage rates, or over a month's worth at "high pandemic" use rates.


Will vaccine rollout help or hurt wider immunisation efforts?

An expert says the coming coronavirus vaccine roll-out could be a "double-edged sword" for New Zealand's wider immunisation rates, with the potential to help or hinder them.


Covid-19: Strong argument for mandatory vaccination for some workers - law expert

Questions are being asked about whether it should be mandatory for employees, including healthcare workers, to get the Covid-19 vaccine.


Covid-19: Govt wants to vaccinate 70 per cent of NZ, but questions remain

Health authorities are aiming for 70 per cent of the population to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but it is unclear over what time period this will occur.


Coronavirus: Vaccine hesitancy will fade as more information comes to light - experts

The nearly one million New Zealanders who are hesitant about vaccinations should have their fears eased as more information about Covid-19 vaccinations comes to light, experts say. Read more


Health officials 'concerned' about new EU controls on Covid-19 vaccine exports

Health officials are worried new European Union controls on Covid-19 vaccine exports could mean there are not as many doses available in New Zealand.


Call for more input into how vaccine rollout is handled in rural communities

The group representing Rural Health say there will need to be a greater level of thought about how the Covid-19 vaccine will be rolled out into rural communities.


International results to factor in Pfizer vaccine decision

Covid-19 jabs given to millions of people around the world will factor into the decision this week about whether Pfizer's vaccine can be used here.


Most government information on COVID-19 is too hard for the average Australian to understand

Almost half of Australian adults struggle with reading. Similar levels of struggling readers are reported in the United Kingdom and United States. 



Task force to ease hospital pressures

A task force will be responsible for making serious headway to ease workload pressure at the Southern District Health Board and make the flow of patients through hospitals more efficient.


Increased threat of armed violence on Counties Manukau DHB's agenda

With a number of armed incidents in south Auckland making headlines, the Counties Manukau DHB is reviewing its emergency lockdown plans to deal with such events.



Fast food outlets and liquor stores linked to poor mental health

People reporting recent mental distress or a diagnosis are more likely to live near fast food and alcohol stores and have less access to parks, rivers or waterways, a study has found. 


Student Job Search partners with mental health platform, Clearhead

Confronting youth suicide with free, culturally competent care: Student Job Search partners with online mental health platform, Clearhead





Burns from a surgical fire among hundreds of incidents in NZ hospitals last year

Surgeons operating in the wrong place, delays in recognising flesh-eating bacteria and a fire during surgery leaving a person with burns were among adverse events in New Zealand hospitals last year.



‘Work to be done’: Maori PHO enrolment low in South

Almost a quarter of all southern Maori may not be enrolled in the local primary health organisation.


214 doctors representing 28 ethnicities start specialist GP training

Across New Zealand this week, 214 doctors will begin their training to become specialist general practitioners. The new cohort of GP registrars are a diverse bunch of New Zealanders that represent 28 ethnicities including MÄori, Pacific Islanders, Asian, Middle Eastern, and PÄkehÄ.


Doc's prescription: take a walk to see me in the morning

A Saturday stroll with the doc could be just what the doctor ordered.

I The initiative from the Te Awamutu Medical Centre utilises its group of qualified nurses and doctors to encourage more people to get active.



Pandemic response creates perfect storm for self-harm, domestic violence - Otago study

Lockdowns and social distancing may be key to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but they are having other, deadly, effects too, a University of Otago study highlights. 



What If a Colleague Refuses the COVID Vaccine?

All over social media, people are sharing photos and selfies of themselves getting the COVID-19 vaccine. They are really excited about the light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is a vaccine that is going to get us to herd immunity.


Nurses Teaching Nurses, Part Two: Faculty, Preceptors, and Mentors… Support Is An Amazing Thing

This is the second part of a special two-part article on the importance of nurse preceptorship and mentoring.



Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990 - Proposals for regulations


The Ministry of Health is seeking views on a number of regulatory proposals that will provide the operational detail to help achieve the intent of the new provisions of the Act. That intent is to:

better support smokers to switch to regulated products that are less harmful than smoking

protect children, young people and non-smokers from the risks associated with vaping and smokeless tobacco products.

The Act has a number of regulation-making powers but, at this stage, we do not propose to make all of the regulations that are possible under the Act. We will monitor and review the regulations regularly to ensure the intent of the Act is being achieved adequately.

The regulations must be workable for those they impact. Your feedback on the regulatory proposals is important because it will help shape the final regulations.

Read more



He Pūrongo Mate Pukupuku o Aotearoa 2020

The State of Cancer in New Zealand 2020

This report provides a detailed snapshot of New Zealand’s progress in relation to cancer. It is the first stage in the ongoing critical analysis by Te Aho o Te Kahu of our cancer care system.  



How does nursing research differ internationally? A bibliometric analysis of six countries. 

Thelwall, M, Mas‐Bleda, A. 

Int J Nurs Pract. 2020; 26:e12851.


International nursing research comparisons can give a new perspective on a nation's output by identifying strengths and weaknesses.


This article compares strengths in nursing research between six mainly English‐speaking nations (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States).


Nurse practitioner work patterns: A cross‐sectional study. 

Lowe, G, Tori, K, Jennings, N, Schiftan, D, Driscoll, A. 

Nurs Open. 2020; 00: 1– 9.

The aim was to determine how nurse practitioner (NP) roles are translated into clinical practice across Victoria, Australia. This paper reports details about NP work patterns and scopes of practice across multiple clinical settings and geographic locations.


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

Nurses’ perspectives of recognising and responding to unsafe practice by their peers: a national crosssectional survey.

Blair, W., Kable, A., Palazzi, K., Courtney‐Pratt, H., Doran, E. and Oldmeadow, C. (2021),

 J Clin Nurs. Accepted Author Manuscript.


This study aimed to identify behaviours and cues that nurses recognise as indications of unsafe practice, perceived factors that contribute to unsafe practice and actions nurses take in response.


National cross‐sectional survey of a random sample of Registered Nurses (n = 231) in New Zealand, in 2017‐2018. The STROBE Checklist was used to report this study.


Nurses reported a high rate of episodes of unsafe practices and recognised a range of behaviours and cues that alerted them to the potential for unsafe practice. Several organizational issues were perceived to contribute to unsafe practice occurring. The reporting of episodes of unsafe practice and perceived organisational support was low for nurses compared to managers.


Failure to recognise and respond to unsafe practice may indicate a tolerance for substandard practice by individual nurses, or by the organisation. Nurses who recognise unsafe practice must be supported by the organisation.


Introducing advanced level practice and the scope of developing new roles

Barry Hill and Aby Mitchell

  British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 30, No. 1: 28-31.

Barry Hill and Aby Mitchell introduce a new series on advanced level practice. They describe the frameworks that outline advanced practitioner roles and explain how the roles affect patients, services and organisations


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 2 February 2021

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