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No. 531, Wednesday 17 February 2021

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



Tai Tokerau Nurse Marie Noa receives prestigious Akenehi Hei Award

Renowned NgÄti Hine rangatira and nurse Marie Noa has received the Te RÅ«nanga o TÅpÅ«tanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) Akenehi Hei Award for her dedication to the health of whÄnau MÄori in Te Tai Tokerau and around Aotearoa.


Ninety years of nursing training brought to life in new book

Of the New Zealand nurses sent to World War I, 10 were trained at Palmerston North Hospital.

Nine made it home.



Pioneering California University Launches New Virtual Reality Pilot to Train Aspiring Nurses

“This work is about augmenting our traditional methods of nurse education with innovative ways of providing opportunities for practicum and ...


'This is what I want to do': Ontario universities see spike in nursing applications

Several first-year nursing students in Toronto told CTV News that they almost deferred their admission by a year because of the pandemic and the ...


COVID-19 'didn't scare me away': Nursing schools see enrollment bump amid pandemic

“When I saw on the news nurses being so overworked, I thought, 'Gosh, I wish I could be in there helping,'” said Gross. Demand for nurses was strong ...


NSW parliamentary inquiry hears rural doctors' and nurses' workloads are crippling staff, harming ...

"There are ratios in some bigger hospitals but that's not state-mandated. "It would make it a lot safer for both patients and staff."



Record $1 million investment from BCFNZ for new diagnostic breast service

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) has partnered with WaitematÄ District Health Board to build a new diagnostic breast service which will radically improve the way patients in North and West Auckland are assessed and treated. 



Food hardship in NZ children's early years revealed in study

About half the families in a study of 6000 children struggled to afford healthy food during the first year of life of their babies.  


Kiwi kids consume five unhealthy snacks a day - research

On average, 12-year-old children snack on unhealthy food and beverages five times a day, according to new research from the University of Otago. Read more



$1.5 Million Funding For Research Into The Impact Of Chronic Disease On New Zealand Families

The lifelong impact of chronic diseases on New Zealand families is at the centre of a major new research programme.



ACC payouts for nurses who caught Covid at work

Nine nurses have been given ACC payments after catching Covid-19 while working.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Must Hear Nurses On Their Own Terms

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is urging Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to invest time into hearing real stories from frontline MIQ nurses and other health workers.


Coronavirus: No training or support for those making critical decisions, says ex-MIQ worker

Decisions about who can skip the queue for managed isolation, complete it at home or have their fees waived are made by 35 full-time allocations, fees and waivers officers employed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Covid-19: Retirement village operator launches coronavirus saliva tests for staff

New Zealand's largest aged care provider has teamed up with a laboratory in Hamilton to help use saliva tests to detect Covid-19.


'The nurses will do that': Nurse in MIQ hotel reveals tiring conditions for workers

The woman, who does not want to be identified, told the NZ Herald she was a nurse working in a managed isolation and quarantine hotel. "There is ...


Public thank you to Covid testing station workers will be a 'boost', nursing manager says

Glenda Alexander, associate manager at ‎NZ Nurses Organisation, told Breakfast's John Campbell today that his show of gratitude would go a long ...



Covid-19: NZ females more likely not to get vaccinated

A survey quizzing New Zealanders about Covid-19 has found 70 percent are willing to be vaccinated against the virus, with more men than women prepared to be vaccinated.


Covid-19 vaccine not a 'magic bullet', NZ expert warns

The arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in New Zealand next week will not signal the end of the pandemic, says vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris.


Covid 19 coronavirus: 'There will be more lockdowns in 2021' - Professor David Skegg

Otago University epidemiologist Professor David Skegg says it's no surprise Auckland is going back into lockdown.


First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives In NZ

“The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine's arrival allows us to start New Zealand's ... “Our border workforce such as cleaners, the nurses who undertake health ...


Māori-specific Covid-19 vaccine plan to account for increased risk - Hipkins

There will be a specific vaccination rollout plan for Māori focused on giving them confidence in receiving the vaccine, Minister for the Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins says.


Māori doctors address the issue of vaccine hesitancy as the Covid-19 vaccination is set to roll out

Days before the first Covid-19 vaccinations are expected to begin, three Māori health experts have answered questions about the vaccine and why some people feel anxious about immunisation.



SIT's Bachelor of Nursing course on hold under Alert Level 2 restrictions

Over 120 Bachelor of Nursing students have had their course start delayed as the Southern Institute of Technology work through the impact of Alert Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions.



Services for rainbow youth get $4 million boost from govt

Mental health services for young people from the rainbow community will receive a boost of $4 million over four years. 


Bursaries grow our Maori mental health workforce - Ministry of Health

Over 120 Mâori students who have received bursaries for their mental health studies have been welcomed at two-day hui at Massey University in Auckland today.  


Mental health line 1737 defends recording calls without clients' knowledge

A national mental health phone counselling service has come under fire for failing to let callers know conversations are recorded.  


Study shows one in four Kiwis at risk of mental health struggles 

A quarter of New Zealand adults are at risk of struggling with their mental health, a new study shows.



Baby mortality for young Māori, Pacific, Indian mothers needs urgent action - report

A newly released maternity mortality report has found unacceptable levels of maternal deaths for specific ethnic groups.  







Policy Quarterly, published by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and the School of Government Te Kura Kāwanatanga at Victoria University of Wellington.

The February 2021 issue, Focus on Covid-19: Governance in a pandemic, is now online



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


Nurse competencies for transitions of care: Implications for education and practice. 

Betz, CL, Zalon, ML, Caramanica, L, Arslanian‐Engoren, C. 

Nursing Forum. 2020; 1– 7.

Although there are a number of transitions of care initiatives that address specific needs as patients move across healthcare settings, adverse events still occur during handoffs. Transitions of care create periods of vulnerability for populations with complex needs that include communication gaps, medication changes, and poorly coordinated treatment plans, often without involving patients and their families. This paper outlines what nurses need to know to provide for safe transitions of care across the healthcare continuum. The theoretical basis for transitions of care at the macro level, examples of nurse‐led models for transitions of care, and key activities and implications for nursing education and practice are described. A holistic framework for effective transitions of care across healthcare settings can guide nursing educators in the development of specific nursing competencies for transitions of care


Interventions and strategies aimed at Clinical Academic Pathway Development for Nurses in the United Kingdom: A systematised review of the literature.

Henshall, C., Kozlowska, O., Walthall, H., Heinen, A., Smith, R. and Carding, P. (2021),

 Journal of Clinical Nursing. Accepted Author Manuscript.

Aims and objectives

To review interventions and strategies designed to progress UK clinical academic career pathways in nursing and identify barriers and facilitators to aid wider implementation.


For over a decade, the UK political agenda has promoted the entry of nurses into clinical academic roles. Partnerships between the National Health Service and academia are known to increase nursing recruitment, retention and quality of care. However, there remains a lack of nurses working in these partnership roles.


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 16 February 2021

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