News bulletin 4 January 2012

on 4 January

 Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 86 –  4 January 2012 

From NZ media this week

New Zealanders recognised for Pacific links in New Years Honours list
A number of New Zealanders with close links to the Pacific have been recognised among this years New Years Honours recipients.They include Eseta Fifita Finau and Professor Tony Angelo, who have been made Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 


A passion for helping the community has also earned Invercargill rural nurse Kirsty Murrell-McMillan an honour – she has also been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to nursing. 


When Kirsty Murrell-McMillan found out she had been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit she thought it was a joke. 

World cup and quakes cause drop in suicide rate
Suicides almost ceased during the Rugby World Cup, in a phenomenon linked to that seen in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes, the London bombings and the September 11 attacks. 

Record number of prescriptions dished out
Christchurch's killer quake gave a jolt to the country's nerves, with doctors issuing a record number of sedatives and other pills to calm mental anguish. 

British Honours recipient challenges abortion laws
A Wellingtonian lauded in Britain's New Year honours list has called for a closer look at New Zealand's abortion laws. 

Kids missing hospital dates
Children are missing out on important hospital appointments, according to information from a transport trial. 

Nurse struck off for multiple offences

A Dunedin registered nurse has been struck off following his conviction earlier this year on four counts of causing loss by deception and one of theft during his employment as manager of the Koputai Lodge. 

Nurse found guilty of misconduct with patient
A Christchurch nurse who bought a patient an ice-cream and accessed her clinical file has been found guilty of professional misconduct. 

About 40 nurses a year quit their jobs at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim, the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board says. 

Govt looks to private sector for Christchurch hospitals rebuild
The Government is looking into ways the private sector could help pay the $600 million cost of rebuilding Christchurch's hospitals. 

No place for the private sector in public hospitals
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) urges Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) not to review the research and decline the option offered by Minister of Health Tony Ryall to rebuild Christchurch and Burwood hospitals using public-private partnerships (PPPs). 

Quake-tested graduates shine
“I saw people my age die that day and nothing in my training prepared me for that.” 

edicines Bill prompts prescribing consultation in new year
The introduction of the Medicines Amendment Bill 2011 is prompting a consultation document to be released on extended nurse prescribing in the new year. 

Health workers ready to work with whanau
Graduates of a regional training programme for Maori health workers in Te Tau Ihu are raring to go, ready to share their knowledge with others in the sector.  

International media 

How one woman is trying to change native people’s health care experience
The crisis in Attawapiskat has left many Canadians feeling confused and dismayed about how such poor living conditions could exist in this country. It has also raised questions about broader relationships with aboriginal people across the country and about how to prevent similar problems from recurring. 

New 'productive' tool launched to help practice nurses streamline care
Practice nurses are being urged to take control of improving efficiency in their work environment, under the latest programme in the “productive” series. 

Overseas nurses show interest in Fiji

Overseas nurses are showing interest in working in Fiji. 

Practice nurses have 'vital' role in identifying at risk migrants
The Health Protection Agency has called on practice nurses and other primary care practitioners to identify migrants who may be at risk from infectious disease. 

Vaccine side effects top of nurses' concerns about flu jab
Concerns about side effects and efficacy remain the two most frequent reasons for nurses refusing the flu vaccine, according to researchers. 

Spanish and Portuguese nurses fill the gaps in the NHS
Nurses are quitting crisis-hit Spain and Portugal for the UK, in search of better jobs and training opportunities 

Patients at risk despite changes to EU rules on doctors, say regulators
Fury at European commission's plans that would allow EU doctors to register in UK without tests on English or skills 

Nurses from EU could be subject to extra checks
The European Union is considering a “warning system” for overseas health workers who have been struck off or suspended, and greater language tests.  

Curbs on nurse migration have not had 'anticipated effect'
Tightening UK immigration restrictions for overseas nurses have not led to the planned benefits for their home countries, according to researchers. 

AACN calls for expanding visitation rights in ICU
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has issued an alert touting the importance of expanding the presence and participation in ICU settings of patients' family members and friends. 

Recession Takes Bite Out of Nation's Public Health Nursing Infrastructure
Budget cuts are latest challenge to public health nurses at a time when the sick, the poor, the elderly and the underserved are relying on their services. 

Nurse practitioners don't improve readmissions
Although adding a nurse practitioner (NP) to a care team can improve the discharge process, it doesn't decrease patient readmissions, according to a study published in this month's Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Oz’s first shopping mall NP clinic
Australia’s first private stand-alone, nurse practitioner-led clinic was recently launched in a Brisbane shopping mall. Linda Belardi, editor of Australian Nursing Review, speaks to the lead NP for SmartClinics. 

Surgery complications down with better teamwork
Reuters Health) - Hospitals that introduced a program to boost communication and teamwork among doctors and nurses saw a decrease in surgery-related complications, according to a new study. 

Home visits give nursing students real-life experience, perspective
For the last visit with her patient, nursing student Megan Byrd brought with her a blood pressure cuff, a digital thermometer and a kitten. 

New Approach To Nursing Education Gives Students The Chance To 'Live Like A Nurse'
Since they were pre-teens, Kathrine McKay and Kathryn Lito had aspirations of pursuing a nursing career. So when they applied to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing, they decided to take an accelerated approach to their education with the new Pacesetters program. 

Deal: NJ Nurses Can Skip Aiding Hospital Abortions
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Twelve nurses who sued one of the state’s largest hospitals after claiming they were forced to assist in abortions over their religious and moral objections reached a deal Thursday with their employer in federal court. Cost of rising emergency dementia admissions revealedThere has been a 12% growth over five years in the number of people with dementia admitted to hospital as an emergency, according to a report published this week.$C0GB7gYBnB8VhFxNshWWRlP/op3 

Nursing care standards report unveiled
A report by Birmingham University’s Health Services Management Centre has urged for senior nurses to be given greater leadership responsibility in order to improve acute nursing care standards. 

Vaccine side effects top of nurses' concerns about flu jab 
Concerns about side effects and efficacy remain the two most frequent reasons for nurses refusing the flu vaccine, according to researchers.

Public health news 

Flare-up of whooping cough on rise
A Nelson man still recovering from whooping cough is encouraging people to see their doctor early if they have a bad cough, especially if they have young children in their house. 

Whooping cough cases double
Cases of whooping cough have almost doubled in Auckland since November. 

Elderly drinkers become growing issue
Elderly people drinking to excess is an increasing problem in New Zealand, despite most people perceiving heavy drinking as a youth issue. 

Survey shows Kiwis in denial on booze: lobby
Only 15 per cent of us admit to drinking too much, and beer pips white wine as the favourite Kiwi summer tipple, a poll has found. 

Reporting reminder for doctors

Doctor have been reminded about their legal duty to report suspected notifiable diseases in order to help health services respond to possible disease outbreaks. 

Spending on measles vaccine almost doubles
Spending by the Ministry of Health on measles vaccine has almost doubled this year. 

Articles of interest 

Grade 1 Pressure Ulcers: We Only See What We Know

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: December 2011 - Volume 24 - Issue 12 - p 544The long-held clinical beliefs about grade 1 PrUs have been the source of review, criticism, and discourse for more than a generation. For many of us who have been taught that PrUs follow a certain trajectory, which can be visualized and furthermore be graded, the article by Sibbald et al gives us a powerful reason to think about how we formulate our clinical beliefs. 

EMR development...Always be prepared

Nursing Management
December 2011 
Volume 42 Number 12
Pages 24 - 27
Implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) system offers countless benefits: major healthcare savings, reduced medical errors, improved quality of healthcare, and improved health. 

Benign Neglect Imperils Children After a Disaster

Judy Bezon describes the necessity for more attention to be provided to the needs of children following a disaster. The author discusses ways to address the gaps in preparedness, response, and recovery programs that put children at risk.  

Reports online 
Issue 17: Implementing the IOM Future of Nursing Report: Part II
The Potential of Interprofessional Collaborative Care to Improve Safety and Quality  

Continuing professional development opportunities 
Right to Health Workshops
The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand (HPF), University of Otago WellingtonPublic Health Summer School, and the Centre for Development Studies, University ofAuckland are working together to have Paul Hunt, world expert on the right to health,teach two workshops in New Zealand in February 2012.Professor Paul Hunt, a New Zealander based at Essex University, UK,is one of the world’s leading experts on the right to health. He spent six yearsas the UN Special Rapporteur (expert) on the Right to Health. 

WELLINGTON WORKSHOP:14-15 February 2012,
Wellington Public Health Summer School

 AUCKLAND WORKSHOP:22-23 February 2012
For more details about the Auckland workshop, please contact:Dr Ieti Lima and Dr Alison Blaiklock, Health Promotion Forum – 09 531 5500or Dr Carmel Williams - 021 708 396
Updated information will be posted on HPF website 

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 3 January 2011. 
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