News bulletin 18 January 2012

on 18 January

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 88 –  18 January 2012


From NZ media this week

Migrant girls 'at risk' of mutilation
An international study says "a growing number" of young women living in immigrant communities in NZ are at risk of genital mutilation.

Return emergency hospital visits increase
Nearly 600 people visited Christchurch Hospital's emergency department (ED) six or more times last year.

System will track repeat visits to emergency dept
Patients regularly turning up at hospital emergency departments could be a thing of the past in the Waikato once a sophisticated computer system – capable of tracking repeat visitors – is installed.

Rich or poor? Poverty trap set at birth, study reveals
New Zealand researchers have put hard numbers to the adage that success breeds success - and failure breeds failure. A long-term study of 1265 children born in Christchurch in 1977 has found that those whose families were…

International media

ICU Nurses Favor Personal Touch in Telemedicine (USA)
Intensive care unit nurses at one healthcare system said that personally knowing the physician providing overnight telemedicine coverage was important, although actual exposure to telemedicine among the respondents was quite low, according to a survey out of the University of Pennsylvania.

AORN issues recommendations on medication safety
After months of research and evaluation, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has released a new recommendation about medication safety practices

Study: Patients happy with nurse-delivered SBIRT
Hospital patients have high acceptability of and comfort with nurse-delivered alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment, according to a study

Nurses 'frustrated' by lack of joined up data (UK)
Nurses and other clinicians need to change their mindset when it comes to the use of information, according to independent government advisors.

Pharmacists overruling nurse prescribers 'poses safety risk' (UK)
Nurse prescribers could have their decisions overruled by pharmacists, posing a potential safety risk to patients, under latest proposals.

'When Nurses Hurt Nurses' (US)
Book examines bullying at work
Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, CRNP, examines work force behavior in her latest book, "When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying."

New nursing program said more 'real life'
HOUSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Students get more real-world training in the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's redesigned, four-semester nursing program, officials say.

 Nurse job market tightens (US)
The number of registered nurses has increased by 300,000 since the start of the economic downturn, according to a Vanderbilt University researcher. Maintaining that momentum is important, says Peter Buerhaus of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies. Nursing can be the start of many career paths, he says, from primary care practitioner to corporate executive.

Will hourly rounds help nurses to concentrate more on caring? (UK)
Like the curate’s egg, the Prime Minister’s announcement on improving the quality of nursing care on acute wards is good in parts. Given The King’s Fund’s and Health Foundation’s work on nursing rounds with our Hospital Pathways Programme, we welcome his support for hourly nursing rounds on inpatient wards and for the ‘visible figure of nursing authority’ on all wards.

NHS reforms must give nurses time to care
David Cameron has finally identified the problem in our hospitals, but cuts to the NHS are no solution
I've worked as a nurse for the last 18 years, in a number of settings. I am proud to be a nurse, and to work for the NHS. But recent reports from the Patients' Association and the Care Quality Commission highlighted some appalling examples of lack of care by nurses, in particular in relation to the care of the elderly.

Nurses to make hourly rounds under Cameron plans
Prime minister wants hospital nurses to concentrate on 'patients not paperwork' to drive up standards

Battle Continues to Extend Prescribing Rights to NZ Registered Nurses
In her article, published in Collegian, (18(4), 157-163, 2011), Jill Wilkinson explores the journey to prescribing rights for nurse practitioners (NPs) in New Zealand, and she looks at how this privilege could be extended to include registered nurses. According to Ms. Wilkinson, many registered nurses possess both the education and the clinical experience necessary to become nurse practitioners, but they have not applied for registration. For this reason, she proposes, new categories of nurses with prescribing rights should be created, which will allow nurses with the appropriate education to be designated prescribers in their named area of specialisation.

 Virginia physicians call for definition of surgery
In response to the rapid changes in the delivery of health care, the Medical Society of Virginia, a physicians' advocacy group, is supporting changes at the legislative level.

Healthcare assistants 'doing nurses' tasks'  
Patients are being put at risk by healthcare assistants who have been asked to take on tasks for which they have not been properly trained, nurses have warned.

Rethinking clinical rotations (US)
KSU, CHOA challenge the status quo with
a new model for training nursing students
Clinical rotations, in which nursing students practice their skills in health care settings with real patients, is an indispensable part of their education. No one disputes that, but nurses at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the WellStar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University are challenging the status quo of how that training is delivered.

Nurse health and wellbeing should be 'core principle' for NHS trusts (UK)
Trusts should be held to account for improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce, the NHS Future Forum has recommended

Overseas nurse numbers rise by 40% (UK)
The number of nurses coming to work in the UK from overseas rose by 40% last year, new figures show.


Articles of interest

Measuring ‘magnetism’ in Australian nursing environments
The aim of this research project was to use the NWI-R:A tool to measure the organisational features that impact on ‘magnetism’ in Australian health facilities.

Wounding Words: Swearing and Verbal Aggression in an Inpatient Setting
PURPOSE: The aim of the research was to investigate swearing and verbal aggression in Australian inpatient settings, including incidence, gender, patient motivation, and nursing interventions.

New publications

The Nurse's Role in Medication Safety, Second Edition.
Cima L, Clarke S, eds. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission; 2012. ISBN: 9781599406183.
Exploring nurses' role in care delivery and medication safety, this publication provides strategies for nurses to improve safety.

Reports online

Hospital Incident Reporting Systems Do Not Capture Most Patient Harm (USA)
Hospital incident reporting systems captured only an estimated 14 percent of the patient harm events experienced by Medicare beneficiaries. Hospitals investigated those reported events that they considered most likely to lead to quality and safety improvements and made few policy or practice changes as a result of reported events. Hospital administrators classified the remaining events (86 percent) as either events that staff did not perceive as reportable (61 percent) or as events that staff commonly report but did not report in this case (25 percent).

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 17 January 2011


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