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News bulletin 5 Januaryon 5 January
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 575, Wednesday 5 January 2022
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
New Zealand news
“New Zealand needs thousands more nurses,” says Enliven spokesperson Alisha Kennedy. “We understand that there are almost 1000 nursing vacancies ...
Shakira Camp has been a registered nurse for seven years. She is the nurse unit manager for five General Medicine wards, including Covid-19 wards, at Auckland City Hospital.
Daniel Mataafa is a regional Pacific nurse case manager at Middlemore Hospital. Mataafa, who is Samoan, was also named as the New Zealand Nurses ...
A study and career preparation course with EIT Tairāwhiti has set a Tokomaru Bay woman on the path she has dreamed about.
The Level Three and Four courses taken by Jaedi Davies this year has given her the skills and confidence to enrol to do a nursing degree next year.
Alan Hawes hopes his photos of health care workers and COVID patients will show the toll of this pandemic — and persuade the unvaccinated to get ...
“You’ve got to be able to listen to the person who’s talking and just validate their story and their journey without an end point to anything, except to say ‘I hear you, I want to give you some kindness and I want to celebrate the journey you’ve had so far’,” says refugee health nurse Kate Spanner.
According to a new study published in the scientific journal BMJ Open, proposed state legislation in Illinois—HB 2604 Safe Staffing Limits Act—would significantly improve nurse staffing in hospitals and likely save thousands of lives. The cost of improving nurse staffing could be offset by cost savings achieved by the impact of better nurse staffing on shorter length of hospital stays.
'Unlike physicians, an exemption for an NP is not guaranteed,' says nurses association head
KAYAH, MYANMAR (AFP) - A handful of Myanmar nurses hiding from the junta have been running makeshift clinics to treat Covid-19 patients and resistance fighters with medicine smuggled past military checkpoints.
“Overseas recruitment is a glimmer of hope right now,” he said. Quick Guide. How to get the latest news from Guardian Australia. Show.
Doctors say change in policy could put patients at higher risk of catching Covid, but it may be only way of fixing staffing crisis
The B.C. Nurses' Union is voicing concerns about the possibility of some COVID-19-positive health-care workers being asked to continue working in ...
Exhausted and overwhelmed nurses are consistently working 12-hour shifts, in an effort to keep NHS services running, a survey has found.
France will pay intensive care nurses an extra 100 euros per month from January as it seeks to improve work conditions for staff exhausted by the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday.
Aged care / Aging population
Residents of a New Plymouth rest home hospital may be forced to find somewhere else to live because of a shortage of nurses.
The Aged Care Association’s chief executive is calling on the Government to take the sector seriously and give more support to rural providers.
Explainer - From early January, New Zealanders who have had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for at least four months can get their booster dose.
A study on how Covid-19 was able to spread inside an Auckland quarantine facility has yielded findings “of global importance” for infection control practices.
When Rotorua was in the running for an additional MIQ facility, what would have been its fourth, a nurse emailed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern directly.
University of Waikato researchers are undertaking a pivotal study into the treatment of patients with Type 2 diabetes as they try to improve health system factors that can lead to better prescribing of medication for MÄori and Pacific patients.
A tikanga Māori approach to targeted health initiatives has helped to drive a drop in the number of tamariki needing hospital treatment in Te Tauihu (the top of the south island).
Maternity and midwifery
A Taranaki midwife who recently resigned due to stress caused by staffing shortages says urgent action needs to be taken.
Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants walked off the job earlier this year. (First published June 2021). The Ministry of Health has ...
Excess weight is contributing to health problems costing the country at least $2 billion a year - or 8 percent of all our health budget - and billions more in economic impacts but the problem is studiously ignored by governments, writes Professor Boyd Swinburn.
Articles of interest
Foronda, C., Prather, S., Snowden, K., Gonzalez, J. M., Gattamorta, K. A., Lee, J., Gonzalez, J. E., & Cardenas, M. (2021).
Nursing Open, 00, 1– 11. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.1123
The aims of the Asthma Academy study were to (1) evaluate the telehealth performance of DNP students, (2) evaluate the perceived learning experience of DNP students and (3) investigate whether an association exists related to student performance and family caregiver outcomes.
The article below is not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access. Alternatively SnIPS can provide it on a cost recoverable basis
A survey of nurses prescribing in diabetes care: Practices, barriers and facilitators in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Snell, H., Budge, C., & Courtenay, M. (2021).
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00, 1– 13. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.16052
Aims and objectives
To compare diabetes-related prescribing practices, barriers and facilitators amongst nurse prescribers in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Nurses have been prescribing in the United Kingdom for many years but nurse prescribing in New Zealand is relatively recent. It is unknown whether similar system factors act to facilitate or limit prescribing.
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 of 4 January 2022
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