News bulletin 12 January

on 12 January

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.

No. 576, Wednesday 12 January 2022

Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally


New Zealand news

'It was chaos': NZ nurse who resigned from understaffed Blenheim hospital |

I just want to work in conditions where I don't leave every day feeling guilty,” says Agnes Tyson, as many nurses in NZ reach “breaking point”.


Blenheim's nurse shortage prompts merger for HDU at Wairau Hospital |

Nelson Marlborough Health says there will be no reduction in service, but hospital staff are worried about unsafe staffing levels.


Part of Dunedin's Queen Mary Maternity Centre closes due to lack of staff - NZ Herald

... be monitored after birth were transferred to the surgical ward or paediatric ward with their babies, to be looked after by the nurses there.


Covid prompts calls for more nurses - Waatea News: Māori Radio Station

An iwi collective of Māori health providers from Waimarino, Rangitīkei, Whanganui and South Taranaki are in desperate need of more nurses.


Covid-19: Australian recruiters try to poach Kiwi nurses as Omicron drives staffing crisis |

“I would say the fact New Zealand is probably in a better position ... is not making Australia a hugely attractive destination for nurses at the ...



International news

Light at end of tunnel 'a fricking train': regional ICU nurses curse lack of staff during surge in ...

NSW healthcare workforce faces ‘desperation’, Sydney nurse says as staff confront ‘the real face of burnout’


The NT's health system 'will collapse' without action, according to nurses' union, as COVID ... - ABC

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) NT has warned the NT government that the Territory's stretched health system will collapse if COVID-19 cases continue to grow at their current rate — unless further health measures are brought in.


Nursing shortage is 'going to cost lives,' says ICU nurse |

Nursing shortage is 'going to cost lives,' says ICU nurse. 9 hours ago; News; Duration 10:01. Nurses are breaking down, crying and quitting ...


Nurse Shortage Requires More Funds and Training, Leaders Say -

The urgency of the state's nursing gap prompted a joint news ... The politicians said only around 600 nurses graduate from Vermont nursing ...


We know the hell we're in. It will get worse before it gets better | Melbourne ICU nurse | The Guardian

My therapist says it's OK that sometimes I feel dead inside. I'm a critical care nurse. I worked in intensive care for all of 2020 and 2021. I've seen ...


Conditions that are causing burnout among nurses were a problem before the pandemic - NPR

In hospitals, it's standard for nurses to work a 12-hour shift. But research shows that may not be ...


US hospitals letting Covid-19 infected staff stay on the job |

Hospitals around the US are increasingly taking the extraordinary step of allowing nurses and other workers infected with Covid to work if they ...


Children and young people

Plunket's move away from in-home visits 'heartbreaking', say mums

A change in the way child health service Plunket provides assistance has left some Taranaki mums feeling lost and abandoned.



‘Boost like crazy’ before omicron spreads, epidemiologist warns NZ

Rising covid-19 cases at the border are increasing the risk of the omicron variant spreading in Aotearoa but a leading epidemiologist says the country still has time to prepare for an outbreak.


Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Thirty-six Bay of Plenty DHB staff terminated - NZ Herald

Nurses and midwives are among 36 Bay of Plenty District Health Board staff who have lost their jobs due to not getting vaccinated.


Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Twenty-five Lakes DHB staff terminated - NZ Herald

Nurses and midwives are among 25 Lakes District Health Board staff who have chosen not to get vaccinated and lost their jobs for it.


Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Rapid response teams in Whanganui region grapple with shortage ...

A leader of an intensive effort to boost Māori Covid-19 vaccinations says nurses are in short supply and it's time to look at training more Māori.



Waikato DBH bracing for challenging year |

The Waikato District Health board is bracing for a challenging year, but it’s unlikely it will be just Covid-19 causing the problems.


Maternity and midwifery

NZ midwives mull holiday boycott as pay issues leave some struggling

An overdrawn midwife is borrowing petrol money to get to births after an issue with the Ministry of Health payment system that has some swearing off working future Christmas and New Year periods.


Mental health

Mental health call-outs rise in the south |

Rural support networks have expressed concern at a lack of available mental health support for farmers as the rate of police call-outs to mental health events in rural Southland rises.


Articles of interest

What Motivates People to Start a Graduate Entry Nursing Programme: An Interpretive Multi-Centred Case Study. 

Macdiarmid R, McClunie-Trust P, Shannon K, et al.

SAGE Open Nursing. January 2021. doi:10.1177/23779608211011310

While graduate entry nursing programmes are well established in the United Kingdom and the United States of America (USA), they are relatively new to New Zealand and Australia. These programmes have been developed to meet the demands of the health workforce and provide graduates an alternative pathway to becoming a RN. Nursing is viewed as an attractive career option for this growing market of graduate entry students.


This study explored the motivations underpinning students choosing a graduate entry MNSc degree over a traditional undergraduate nursing programme.


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


Indigenous Māori experiences of fundamental care delivery in an acute inpatient setting: A qualitative analysis of feedback survey data.

Pene, B.-J., Aspinall, C., Wilson, D., Parr, J., & Slark, J. (2021). 

 Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00, 1– 13.

This study aimed to explore inpatient healthcare delivery experiences of Māori (New Zealand's Indigenous people) patients and their whānau (extended family network) at a large tertiary hospital in New Zealand to (a) determine why Māori are less satisfied with the relational and psychosocial aspects of fundamental care delivery compared to other ethnic groups; (b) identify what aspects of care delivery are most important to them; and (c) contribute to the refinement of the Fundamentals of Care framework to have a deeper application of Indigenous concepts that support health and well-being.


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 11 January


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