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News bulletin 15 Septemberon 15 September
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 560, Wednesday 15 September 2021
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
After nearly 20 years, Anna Perkins was nervous about returning to nursing.
But last year’s Covid-19 outbreak solidified her desire to retrain, and give back.
EIT's School of Nursing is playing a role at the frontline of the COVID-19 response after becoming one of the first tertiary providers in the ...
The Southern District Health Board, like 14 other DHBs, has failed to meet the deadline to implement safe staffing requirements.
A board member who resigned in protest has been elected as the new leader of the Nurses' Organisation. No caption. Photo: 123RF.
How efficient is New Zealand's emergency rural health service? ***. Carol* has lived and worked in Dunedin her whole life. She started nursing at just ...
Nurses at Auckland City Hospital are having to police visitors who are breaking bubble rules and not wearing their masks around the wards when ...
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is taking health authorities to task for what it calls a "free for all" visitor policy at Auckland ...
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has complained to the Employment Relations Authority about Auckland District Health Board's (ADHB) ...
Auckland District Health Board has revised its “relaxed” visitor policy after a nurses’ union took legal action against it over concerns for staff safety.
US Army Captain Corrine Brown, a critical care nurse, administers an anti-viral medication to a Covid-19 positive patient at Kootenai Health ...
Many registered nurses see vaccination as their ‘moral responsibility’ and want everyone else to get theirs too
A decade of work helped limit the spread of dangerous pathogens in medical settings. Overcrowding from Covid care is allowing infections to rise again.
Nursing, already under pressure, is reaching breaking point due to the pressures of COVID-19 and a disjointed healthcare system, including the acute, primary and aged care sectors. We must act now to protect our nurses and healthcare; the time has come for a national reckoning on nursing in Australia.
Emoji could particularly enhance interaction with young children, people with disabilities, and patients who speak other languages, a physician and others argue in a new commentary. The opportunity exists for medical societies and physician committees to proactively shape emoji that best represent their fields, then work with the standards-setting body for emoji to get them approved and put into practice.
A statue commemorating the 40,000 Windrush and Commonwealth midwives and nurses who have answered the call to work for the NHS has been unveiled ...
AGED CARE AND ELDERLY
Of an estimated 1000 nursing roles to fill across the country, more than 350 positions have been offered to migrant nurses who are stuck ...
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Oranga Tamariki has admitted that it sometimes asks District Health Boards to keep children at hospitals longer than they are clinically required while they try to find them a suitable placement. Read more
Everyone in New Zealand is entitled to the highest attainable standard of health as a human right. This includes access to vaccination.
People as young as 12 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine both here and overseas, with trials underway to ensure its safety for even younger children. Read more
Global warming not only produces hotter summers and extreme weather events but also colder winters, especially in more temperate zones. These changes affect human physiology and have the potential to acutely influence the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke.
Over 200 health journals across the world have come together to simultaneously publish an editorial calling on world leaders to take emergency action to limit global temperature increases, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.
COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
Press Release – New Zealand Medical Association. No doctor should be involved in patient care unless they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Unions representing the country's doctors and nurses are calling for patients entering Auckland hospitals to be tested for Covid-19.
The percentage of Maori and Pasifika who have received a first does of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination has increased significantly over the last few weeks, but there is still more to do to reach vaccination equity according to ProCare, New Zealand’s largest network of primary healthcare professionals.
The government has been heavily criticised for low vaccination rates amongst Māori, considered a vulnerable group to the health impacts of Covid-19. Prior to the current outbreak, Māori health experts and providers warned the government to prioritise Māori but were ignored. Pou Tiaki reporter Maxine Jacobs investigates.
Scientists have shot down calls from New Zealanders overseas who want fewer border restrictions, warning such action right now would risk another Delta outbreak.
The workplace vaccination roll-out is under fire for being too little, too late, and there are calls to improve the service before booster shots are needed.
Businesses keen to advertise that all staff members are fully vaccinated will have to be careful not to breach privacy rules.
OPINION: Air New Zealand became the first mover on company vaccine mandates last week as it proposed a plan to make the Covid-19 jab compulsory for roughly 4000 staff. In taking the decision, the airline starts a difficult conversation for employers across the country.
Covid-19: Auckland district health boards request ICU staff from other ... care for four patients, ICU nurses care for just one patient each.
Physicians at several medical universities and hospitals in Michigan published recommendations in the British Journal of Dermatology for dermatologists caring for Muslim women who wear a hijab, a head-covering that leaves only the face exposed. By educating dermatologists, the study authors aimed to remove cultural barriers that may impede quality healthcare for Muslim women.
The hospital serving south Auckland has been in headlines of late after a string of patients walked through the front doors not knowing they had Covid-19, leading to what has been a “demanding” and “difficult” time, a hospital executive says.
It didn’t just help Anaru Hodges get over a sore back from gardening, it helped get his whole physical body and mind in shape.
That was the effect of rongoā, the traditional healing system of Māori that encompasses herbal remedies, physical therapies and spiritual healing.
MIDWIFERY / MATERNITY
A midwifery outreach service has been set up in Dunedin, where there are a low number of LMCs and Registered Nurses will be recruited to support ...
A new report on New Zealand’s respiratory health shows that huge inequity persists in terms of asthma and other respiratory disease. 'The Impact of Respiratory Disease in New Zealand: 2020 update', commissioned by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation (ARFNZ) and authored by Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard and Jane Zhang, finds: Read more
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Urstad, K.H., Navarro-Illana, E., Oftedal, B. et al.
BMC Nurs 20, 161 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-021-00681-5
Higher education is responsible for providing education that meets international benchmarks relevant to the needs of the international community. Due to the increase of digital tools in higher education, the possibility of sharing learning resources across nations has expanded. In the current project, a Norwegian university invited universities in Spain and the United Kingdom to adapt and translate e-learning resources originally developed for Norwegian nursing students for use within their respective Bachelor in Nursing programmes.
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