News bulletin 15 February 2012

on 15 February

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update
No. 92 –  15 February 2012

From NZ media this week 

 Dr says he sees effects of poverty on children every day
South Auckland doctor Peter Didsbury sees children suffering from the effects of poverty every day. 

Divided Auckland: Overcrowding a hotbed for infections
Infectious diseases associated with child poverty and overcrowding are approaching a peak not seen since the epidemic of meningococcal disease a decade ago. 

Healthline phone service under review
Health Minister Tony Ryall today celebrated 2.5 million calls to free, 24-hour health advice service Healthline - despite its future being under review.

New approach to care for mental health unit
A method of care that reduces the need for restraint and seclusion for mental health clients is being introduced to Greymouth Hospital’s Manaakitanga Acute Admissions Unit. 

Public views sought on standards of conduct for nurses
The Nursing Council is seeking public feedback on a new draft Code of Conduct it is developing for nurses. 

Hospital Specialist Workforce Crisis behind Whanganui Maternity Services Retrenchment
“The hospital specialist workforce crisis is behind the retrenchment of specialist maternity services in Whanganui,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. 

A first in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Kia ora - E te iwi, a cancer education and support programme for Maori, has been gifted to the Maori health community by the Cancer Society. The programme is the result of the Society working collaboratively with Iwi and Maori health providers to develop a Kaupapa Maori cancer education programme to be delivered for Maori by Maori. 

Suicide support on hand for Rotorua families
New support is available for families in Rotorua who are affected by suicide. 

suicide prevention
JIM MORUNGA was 22 years old when "the lights went out" and he first thought about "taking my life".
As a young man he had an idyllic childhood growing up in a Maori family. He loved playing sport but one day during a game of rugby a serious injury to his eyes changed his life forever. 

Information withheld puts children 'at risk'
Kiwi children are continually being put at risk because of a lack of information-sharing between social agencies, a Hamilton community nurse says. 

Culture key to stopping child abuse
Mandatory reporting is not the magic answer to preventing child abuse, public law lawyer Mai Chen told a child welfare seminar in Dunedin yesterday. 

Calls to stop the spread of fast food outlets
Health authorities are calling on the council to stop the spread of fast food outlets in some of Auckland's poorest suburbs in an effort to fight obesity. 

Hospital heads dismiss DHB merger fears
Auckland hospital bosses have quashed staff speculation that three managers are jumping ship ahead of a merger between two of the city's health boards. 

Teens mimic depression to get prescription drugs
Teenagers feigning depression in order to be prescribed antidepressants, in the false belief the drugs will cause weight loss, improve sexual performance and speed up alcohol intoxication.  

International media  

Highest number of overseas doctors may be in Ireland
IRELAND IS likely to have the highest number of doctors and nurses in the developed world trained overseas, a new study has suggested. 

London hospitals told they could slash nursing bill by £421m
London hospitals have been advised by management consultants they could save £421m over the next three years through a major shake-up of nurse productivity, Nursing Times has learnt. 

Birmingham trust takes nurse training online
A Midlands hospital trust has pioneered a new online training system for nurses which it believes could free up thousands of hours of time for patient care as well as saving money on agency staff. 

GPs failing on new standard for practice nurse training (UK)
A significant number of GP practices are struggling to hit new Care Quality Commission standards incorporating nurse access to training, Nursing Times has learnt. 

RCN: CCGs should not appoint inexperienced nurses to board roles (UK)
Nurses selected to sit on the boards of clinical commissioning groups must have “significant experience” of the whole healthcare system and “proven managerial capability”, according to guidance due to be published by the Royal College of Nursing. 

First infection control guidance for surgery in primary care  (UK)
Practice nurses assisting in minor surgical procedures in primary care settings must be able to prove they are competent in aseptic technique, according to the first ever guidance on the area. 

Terms set for strategic review of nursing regulator (UK)
Initial recommendations from the strategic review into the Nursing and Midwifery Council are expected in April. 

AACN issues practice alert on aspiration prevention
A new practice alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers a checklist for aspiration prevention in critically ill patients, especially those who are tube-fed 

Work and management 

A hospital-wide approach to combating compassion fatigue
There is growing recognition of compassion fatigue as a challenge to healthcare professionals engaged in difficult clinical work. Certainly, exposure to patients who are suffering increases vulnerability to compassion fatigue. Some have even suggested that clinical researchers can be vulnerable to it. 

2 tricks to supercharge employee engagement
The healthcare industry in recent years has taken lessons from other industries. In addition to what car manufacturers can teach medical practices about efficiency and how amusement parks demonstrate customer service, lessons in achieving superior employee engagement may be found in a can of soup.  

From the Ministry of Health 

Healthy Beginnings: Developing perinatal and infant mental health services in New Zealand
This document provides guidance on improving the range, quality and national consistency of perinatal and infant mental health services in New Zealand and their integration with primary care, maternity, child health and other social services. 

Regional Services Planning: How district health boards are working together to deliver better health servicesThis booklet contains examples of how the new regional approach is already giving New Zealanders better health services. 

Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health, December 2011
Also on this page: The New Zealand Health and Disability System: Organisations and Responsibilities, Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health, December 2011 

Articles of interest

The benefits of debriefing as formative feedback in nurse education
This paper explores the nursing literature to identify the educative process and essential features of debriefing. 

The Nurse Education Imperative
Guest Editorial
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
Nearly 18 months after the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," it makes sense to ask: what changes are occurring? how can we make the most difference? and where can the report's recommendations take us toward improving patient care? 

Reports online

 What is the cost of co-morbidity?
Failure to address mental health problems in patients with long-term physical illness could be costing the NHS billions, according to our report with Centre for Mental Health  

For consultation 

Blueprint II consultation starts
The Mental Health Commission has just released its consultation document for Blueprint II, which will update the 1998 'Blueprint for Mental Health Services in New Zealand: How Things Need to Be'. See the Commission's information page for more on the process, how to be involved and the consultation document itself. Submissions are due by 9 March. 

Conferences and professional development 

Developing the Role of the Nurse Practitioner 2nd Annual Conference
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 02:08 PM PSTThe 2nd annual  conference , “Developing the Role  of the Nurse Practitioner”  is  for organisations and managers looking to better understand, utilise and grow the role of the nurse practitioner in their health service.It is being 29–30 March 2012 | Novotel  Melbourne on Collins  

Online resources 

Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources – Digital copy can be downloaded or hardcopy orderedLists disaster preparedness and recovery resources for range of professionals who assist individuals and communities in coping with disaster. Topics include emergency preparedness, training, disaster response, stress prevention and management, and suicide prevention. 

Breaking the Silence in the Workplace - A Guide for Employers Responding to Suicide in the Workplace (Ire)
Registration (free) is required to download a pdf copy of this resource  

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 February 2011 
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