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No. 84 – 14 December 2011 

From NZ media this week 

DHB Leadership Role Sought by Southern PHC Nurses
Concerns that Primary Health Care nurses lack representation on the Southern District Health Board have prompted a working party to begin drafting a series of proposals for the future direction of the profession in the southern region. These will be presented to the Southern DHB early next year, and will include a recommendation that the Board establish a Director of Nursing in Primary Health. 

A picket of nurses and caregivers surrounded their employer's Auckland head office today demanding better wages. 

Nurse sacked for slapping patient
A psychiatric nurse sacked for slapping a patient has failed in a bid to use French soccer player Zinedine Zidane's 'moment of madness defence' to justify his actions. 

GP scheme 'needs tweak'
A GP training programme is oozing money and providing no incentive for doctors to stay in the region, a MidCentral District Health Board report has found. 

$83m for 18 more hospital beds
More than $80 million is being poured into an upgrade of Rotorua Hospital but only 18 new beds are being added. 

Waikato DHB faces new cyber breach
Hundreds of job applications have been stolen from the Waikato DHB by a computer hacker. 

The development of a specialist nurse framework for New Zealand
Dr. Kathy Holloway has received confirmation of her doctorate on the development of specialist nurse frameworks.  She began this in 2006 with the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia 

Tribunal suspends sex call nurse
A former Auckland nurse has been suspended for 18 months for professional misconduct, which included making a sexually suggestive phone call to a mentally unwell patien  

International media 

Canadian nurses shocked at American announcement
Ottawa, Friday, December 9, 2011 – The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is shocked at the announcement by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) that NCSBN will bring the NCLEX-RN® exam to Canada for the purpose of licensing new nurses. This means that by as early as 2015, the current Canadian exam will no longer exist and new nurses could be writing an exam with no Canadian content. 

p To 4,000 Nurses To Strike, Says Nursing Union, California
On December 22, up to 4,000 nurses who work for the Stutter Corporation are going on strike, protesting against sweeping cuts in healthcare coverage and patient care protections, according to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. 

Nurses return to work
FIJI continues to experience a shortage of nurses, says the Director Nursing Services Silina Waqa-Ledua. 

Vic nurses to hold series of rallies
Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) members are to stage a series of rallies across Victoria this week as part of their industrial dispute with the state government. 

Nurses worldwide unhappy in their job
Nurses working in hospitals around the world are dissatisfied with their jobs, with many reporting symptoms of burnout, a new study has shown. 

To keep nurses, improve their work environments
Nurses working in hospitals around the world are reporting they are burned out and dissatisfied with their jobs, reported researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research in a study of 100,000 nurses in nine countries 

Government to push out large-scale telehealth programme
The government has announced plans to bring telehealth technology to three million people within five years, a move with potentially significant impact on community nurses. 

Mental health nursing 'lacking' in improvement plan implementation
There is little evidence that national recommendations on improving mental health nursing in England have been widely implemented over the past five years, according to Nottingham University researchers. 

More Young People Are Becoming Nurses; Trend May Help Ease Future Nursing Shortage in U.S.(Dec. 5, 2011) - The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study.

Growth in nursing force eases hospital pressures
The number of nurses in the United States is growing and could eventually meet the huge demand for the profession in the coming decades, reports the Los Angeles Times. 

New California nursing graduates find it hard to get hired
Barbara Elwell wanted a midlife career switch from medical billing to nursing. Since graduating in May, the Marin County resident has applied as far away as Georgia and interviewed as far away as Texas. 

Nursing Shortage May Be Easing
The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study. 

Act changes broaden scope of nurse practitioners
Restrictions on nurse practitioners helping provide more timely care for patients(KIRKFIELD) When Jocelyn O’Leary became a nurse practitioner 13 years ago, she was one of 400 graduates and much of her scope of practice was conducted via consultations with a family physician. 

Public health news 
Exposed hospital staff get TBNelson Hospital staff have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB) after caring for a Nelson man who was found to have the disease following his death last month. 

Higher Minimum Legal Drinking Ages Linked To Lower Rates Of Suicides And Homicides Later In Life
Prior to the 1984 passage of a uniform drinking-age limit of 21 years in the U.S., many states permitted the legal purchase of alcohol at age 18. These lower drinking ages have been associated with several adverse outcomes such as higher rates of suicide and homicide among youth. A new study of individuals who were legally permitted to drink before the age of 21 has found they remain at elevated risk for suicide and homicide as adults, particularly women born after 1960. 

New group's bid to reduce suicide
South Canterbury organisations are working together in a bid to reduce the district's "concerning" suicide rate.The South Canterbury District Health Board has formed a group to reduce suicidal behaviour and to promote better health and wellbeing.  

Work and management 
How to build on the talents of your staff
Many students and new nurses have great potential but are held back by a lack of confidence, says Caroline Cassels  

Online resources 

Issue 34 – December 2011
The Minister of Transport Hon Steven Joyce and Safekids New Zealand recently launched new tools for parents and injury prevention workers – the 'Kids that Click!' DVD and the 'MySafekids' website.The 'MySafekids' website includes information on the 'Driveway run over injury prevention' campaign and the 'Kids that click!' campaign. The 'Kids that click' campaign gives parents information to choose and install child restraints at each stage – from babies and toddlers, to preschool and school age children. 
View the 'Kids that click' campaign.
View the 'Driveway run over injury prevention' campaign. 
Summarised from Safekids Coalition Update 4 December 2011. 

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 at Tuesday 14 December 2011 If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email 
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