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News bulletin 21 Julyon 21 July
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 552, Wednesday 21 July 2021
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
Nurse practitioners — highly skilled nurses operating in specialist areas — are able to prescribe some medications, but at present are not able to prescribe unapproved medications that Medsafe or Pharmac designate as suitable replacements for unavailable drugs.
Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a registered nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failure in her care of a baby being vaccinated.
South Canterbury nursing staff who work on their own in the community are trialling a lone worker app for their safety.
The outbreak among babies and young children of RSV [Respiratory Syncytial Virus] is putting an already stretched healthcare system under even more pressure, with Wairarapa healthcare workers describing the system as ‘broken’.
Burnt-out nurses are being told to seek help from one another because of high demand for external counselling services.
Palmerston North Hospital nurses are suffering psychological distress from dealing with unsafe workloads in the emergency department.
Health Minister Andrew Little is refusing to take up a nurse’s challenge to spend 10 hours or more in Middlemore Hospital’s emergency department to see the pressure frontline health workers are under.
The main union negotiating a deal with District Health Boards (DHBs) is the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and they're asking for a 17 per ...
The Nurses Organisation has agreed to consider the government's pay offer and lifted a two-day strike notice.
A commemorative coin and certificate have been issued by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ...
Plan offers up to $23,000 per nurse to cover costs associated with recertification.
The Manitoba government has announced plans to speed up the process of getting internationally educated nurses into the workforce.
A nurse-led home blood transfusion service was associated with low rates of both individual and system adverse events, a new study undertaken by the University of South Australia, the Royal District Nursing Service and SA Health has found.
Madison - As the United States faces a widespread shortage of nurses, UW Health has started an ambulatory nurse residency program aimed to help new nurses begin their first professional nursing job and avoid burn out.
New Zealanders with metastatic neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) - a rare form of cancer - will no longer have to travel to Australia for life-saving treatment.
Lung cancer patients in the Southern District Health Board region have the worst outcomes in New Zealand, at a 7 per cent lower survival rate than the ...
The Southern District Health Board, concerned about negative headlines regarding its management of cancer treatment, asked staff to review if cases were being counted correctly.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Whānau Āwhina Plunket is the largest provider of Well Child Tamariki Ora health services nationally, covering about 85 percent of the population. Read more
A Māori health expert has taken aim at Plunket branding it as racist and saying it has no place in a government overhaul of the newborn to five-year-old health screening and advisory programme Well Child (Tamariki Ora).
Plunket chief executive Amanda Malu says Plunket is actively working on becoming an anti-racist organisation after being accused of failing to deliver equitable services for Māori and Pacifika babies.
COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
A group of dissident doctors have joined the ranks of those seeking to undermine confidence in New Zealand's vaccine campaign by spreading misinformation. What are they saying and do they pose a real threat to our Covid-19 response? CATE BROUGHTON reports.
Larger people with high body fat percentages need longer needles so their Covid-19 vaccinations make it deep into their muscle.
A rural GP says the inconsistent vaccine rollout could put rural communities at increased risk with less available resources to help them during an outbreak.
They may be classified as Group 2 and 3 under the country’s Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, but some aged care residents – including retirement villages and care facilities – are yet to receive their jabs.
A video series dispels misinformation and increases vaccine confidence.
Editor’s note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the July 2021 issue of American Nurse Journal.
All non-urgent surgery for children at Christchurch Hospital has been halted as climbing numbers of patients with respiratory illnesses stretch resources.
Elective surgeries have been put off and senior nurses put back on the floor as the Waikato District Health Board grapples with the surge in the respiratory illness, RSV.
Unmet mental health support for pregnant New Zealand women
The first-ever study to look at anti-depressant use and symptoms of depression in pregnant New Zealand women has identified unmet need for antenatal mental health support.
Two leading Māori mental health practitioners want to see major changes to compulsory treatments when the government replaces the Mental Health Act.
A new community-led strategy for suicide prevention says many people are living in an extreme state of stress, the mental health services sector "feels overwhelmed" and health practitioners are not coping with growing need.
A government pilot aimed at moving 100 mental health inpatients into stable housing has housed just three people in 18 months.
Some Wellington children and teenagers with severe mental health needs are facing more than six month wait times.
MIDWIFERY / MATERNITY
Nurses are asking for a 17 per cent pay increase, but a midwifery representative ... Like much of New Zealand's health sector, midwives are severely ...
New midwives will be mentored across the country’s district health boards in a move hoped to stabilise the workforce under crisis, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verral says.
A new support package for midwives has already been taken to task by the New Zealand College of Midwives, being called “a little too little, a little too late.”
The first-ever investigation into abuse in care of Pacific people in this country opens today.
New Zealand is facing a measles epidemic in the making as the coronavirus pandemic derails the nation’s catch-up campaign and childhood immunisation rates steadily decline, a top vaccinologist says.
... at greater risk of developing cancer, while public health nurses were now too busy with Covid-19 vaccinations. Alongside detection, the vaccinations ...
Conflict of interest statement: Dr Natalie Anderson is a Senior Lecturer, Emergency Department staff nurse and College of Emergency Nurses New ..
Parents, caregivers and whÄnau seeking information about children with respiratory illnesses can find advice on the Paediatric Society’s KidsHealth website https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-infection
The number of babies requiring hospitalisation with respiratory virus RSV is twice the expected rate, while an expert warns the peak is possibly yet to come.
Immigration New Zealand figures show among them are 901 registered nurses and 235 doctors - like Fransham. They're healthcare workers New ...
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Leitch S, Dovey S, Cunningham W, et al
BMJ Open 2021;11:e048316. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048316
Objectives To determine the epidemiology of healthcare harm observable in general practice records.
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