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News bulletin 3 Marchon 3 March
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 533, Wednesday 3 March 2021
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Covid-19: How New Zealand's 'largest ever vaccination campaign' will be rolled out ... However, it appears New Zealand vaccinators don't even need them. ... “Right from the start our nurses have been able to get six doses – in most ...
Returnees are going without regular health checks because of chronic nurse shortages in managed isolation and quarantine, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation says.
Māori nurses “on the frontlines” are paid 25 per cent less than those working for district health boards, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation says.
The Southland Hospital emergency department sees 86 per cent more patients than Dunedin, despite the latter serving a population 46 per cent smaller.
Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a registered nurse and a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures in the care of a rest home resident with cardiac symptoms.
Counties Manukau Health and the National Hauora Coalition (NHC) are warning the public about false information being spread on about swab tests in south Auckland schools.
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will let thousands of its healthcare workers, mostly nurses, take up jobs in Britain and Germany if the two countries agree to donate much-needed coronavirus vaccines, a senior official said on Tuesday.
An article published in the American Journal of Nursing discusses the communication challenges that result from the personal protective equipment (PPE) clinicians are required to wear when caring for patients with potential or confirmed exposure to highly infectious pathogens, such as the Ebola virus or SARS-CoV-2. The six nurses that authored the article describe how they and their colleagues at the National Institutes of Health’s Special Clinical Studies Unit, “developed, field-tested, refined and ultimately implemented policies and procedures that enabled clinicians to communicate effectively with other staff, patients, and external partners, such as governmental agencies, other specialized units, and nonprofit organizations.”
AGED CARE AND ELDERLY
Australia will increase spending on care for the elderly by A$452 million ($350.5 million) after an inquiry concluded that one in three people is receiving substandard care.
More young people living with cancer are surviving, but survivorship is lagging compared to Australia, a report by the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Network has found.
COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
New Zealand Nurses Organisation organiser Sharleen Rapoto said there were “floods” of children who nurses were having to care for on top of their ... Read more
Some South Auckland GPs were turned away when they tried to get vaccinated for Covid this weekend after spare doses became available.
Because of the very short period for administration of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine once it has been defrosted, District Health Boards are operating standby lists for frontline health workers who can be called in to receive the vaccines before they expire.
Public Health nurse and Covid-19 educator Linda St George was last week first ... "I'm really looking forward to the day when most of New Zealand is ...
More than 50,000 frontline health workers will be included in the next group to be vaccinated later this month.
Te Whānau a Waipareira has scored a victory, following the news that Whānau Ora workers will be vaccinated for Covid-19.
The government is being urged to hurry up with its vaccination awareness campaign, to avoid being drowned out by the anti-vax movement.
Too old, too stale, not very Māori - and way too long.
The Government’s Covid-19 messaging has been slammed as irrelevant to young people despite the latest Auckland cluster being based around a high school.
New Zealand's Pasifika community has been living and working on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic, since the coronavirus arrived a year ago.
Pasifika people have ended up needing hospital treatment for Covid-19 more than any other ethnic group in New Zealand, while half of those who've ended up in intensive care have bee Māori, newly released data has shown.
As COVID-19 sweeps the world, related viruses quietly circulate among wild animals. A new study shows how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-1, which caused the 2003 SARS outbreak, are related to each other. The work helps scientists better understand the evolution of these viruses, how they acquired the ability to infect humans and which other viruses may be poised for human spillover.
This policy brief highlights areas where policy-makers can take action to meet the challenge of post-Covid conditions based on what is currently known. It addresses the need for multidisciplinary, multispecialty approaches to assessment and management; development of new care pathways and contextually appropriate guidelines for health professionals; and the creation of appropriate services, including rehabilitation and online support tools. Read more
Canterbury’s health board will continue to be overseen by Crown monitor Lester Levy after he agreed to a second term in the role.
Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) is rolling out personal safety alarms to its community-based teams to provide an additional safety net for health professionals often working alone.
A review of the Government's drug buyer Pharmac will focus on the timeliness and transparency of its decisions.
Through a combination of good policy, good policy changes and good luck, New Zealand has so far avoided the opioid crisis that has engulfed North America, a new study has found.
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
Online courses provide easy access to cardiovascular learning for New Zealand nurses, and communities, to reinforce heart health knowledge.
Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi is considering a revamp of New Zealand's largest residence programme.
Newshub has spoken to registered nurses who haven't been able to see their babies and children for over a year. It's forcing them to leave the country ...
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
This research paper examines whether value of a life estimates used in economic evaluation differs between government departments in a selection of developed countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the Netherlands and the UK. It finds that generally estimates used in transport and the environment exceeded those used in health, which suggests that health may be undervalued by departments of health compared with departments of transport or environment.
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 23 February 2021
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