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News bulletin 20 Aprilon 20 April
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 589, Wednesday 20 April 2022
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
New Zealand news
After 45 years working at Hawke's Bay Hospital, including most of her career in the ED, it is no wonder nurse Sharon Payne is known as "the glue ...
An overseas recruitment campaign targeting intensive care nurses has employed just three people since it was launched two months ago.
An overseas recruitment campaign targeting ICU nurses has employed just ... nursing was particularly low right now and New Zealand risked losing ...
As District Health Board nurses celebrate reaching a settlement in pay equity, Māori nurses who choose to work for a Māori health provider are still being paid 25 per cent less.
The Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal has found the nurse also falsified documents to get into specialist training in 2019. She has lost her ...
Instead of voting to ratify its pay equity deal, the Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is asking its members on Wednesday whether it should go to the Employment Relations Authority over a dispute about back pay.
There's been a major setback in the fight for nurses to fix the gender pay gap. The Health Minister Andrew Little says the New Zealand Nurses ...
Nurses pay equity talks may need urgent resuscitation after the Health Minister gave their unions a very public serve.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has U-turned on its agreement with the Government to put a negotiated pay-equity settlement to its members for a vote, Health Minister Andrew Little says.
Health Minister Andrew Little says the nurses' union has backtracked on its decision to put a pay equity deal to its members to vote on, ...
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation will soon ask its members if they want to legally challenge an historic pay equity settlement.
One nurse that had been in the profession for 17 years is considering a job at a cafe instead as she battles both burnout and Long Covid.
The Daily Blog
The revolt over broken promises to back-date Pay Equity for DHB nurses to 31 December 2019 is showing, once again, that union members are powerful when we organise and speak up.
Stanford hospital at Stanford University in California has been consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the US by US News, but nurses say ...
Year-long program connects nurses across the world to improve care
The other locations for this year's program include Costa Rica and New Zealand. Lindberg, who is a nurse navigator in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was ...
According to a new survey by staffing firm Incredible Health, "more than one-third (34%) of nurses say it's very likely that they will leave their roles by the end of 2022 and 44% cited burnout and a high-stress environment as the reason for their desire to leave.”
Staff shortages, treatment backlogs and the pressure of the pandemic have contributed to hospital doctors and nurses taking almost 23000 years off ...
Workplace violence rising; close to 1 in 4 RNs are seeking treatment for a mental health concern
Chief nursing officer: Better experiences for patients & nurses may mean ‘breaking some traditions’
From novices to seasoned experts, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged all nurses in different ways. Facing a time of unprecedented turbulence in their careers, some baby-boomer nurses took the opportunity to retire early.
The U.S. nursing workforce fell by more than 100,000 in 2021, primarily driven by nurses under age 35 leaving hospital-based jobs, according to an analysis published April 13 in Health Affairs.
The head of the national cancer agency is encouraging people to see their GP with any unusual symptoms in the wake of a drop in diagnoses and surgeries that has hit Māori and Pacific peoples hardest.
Southern District Health Board cancer diagnosis services have been hardest hit by Covid-19 disruptions.
Last month, the Southern District Health Board told parliament's Health Select Committee that the major effect Covid-19 had had on its operations was a lag in cancer diagnosis.
Children and young people
Families seeking an autism spectrum or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis for their child, can expect a year-long wait to go through Nelson’s public health system.
When Wendy* scales back her medication it hurts to breathe. Walking too far can be painful; even doing everyday tasks like putting out the washing or vacuuming is off the cards.
The 44-year-old mother-of-three isn’t anti-vax. Despite being diagnosed with pericarditis after receiving two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, she’s trying to figure out how and when she’ll be able to get her booster.
More than $1 million has been spent reconfiguring Nelson Hospital to better treat patients with Covid-19.
To protect vulnerable patients and staff, local hospitals will continue to screen people for COVID-19 and require the use of masks under the orange traffic-light setting.
The Southern District Health Board doesn't actually know how many vacancies it's carrying.
A recruitment report provided to the board's Hospital Advisory Committee in April says there may be as many as 922 vacancies – including 400 registered nurse and midwife vacancies – as of the end of February.
Leading clinicians say they’re preparing to “make do” as they approach winter with huge gaps in staffing, which would likely result in more major surgery cancellations.
Food and nutrition
Aotearoa needs more locally trained doctors and should start training them now. That’s the view of the Dean of the Auckland Medical School and he’s far from alone.
Tobacco, Drugs and alcohol
Getting sick with Covid is helping prompt smokers to kick the habit.
Nelson Marlborough Health's Stop Smoking Service had seen referrals fall by about 50 per cent during the pandemic, but in the past month that was starting to return to normal levels.
In the workplace
With the existing and projected nursing shortage1 across Australia, addressing retention and engagement is now more urgent than ever — but it doesn’t have to be as hard as it is made out to be.
Ministry of Health reports
Aotearoa New Zealand Public Perceptions of the Use of Personal Health Information
This Nursing Safe Staffing Review and Report on the Review of the Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) Programme reviews the implementation, effectiveness and impact of the CCDM Programme.
Reports and Journals online
Other highlights in this review include:
Oral anticoagulant use beyond 90 days for VTE
- Fracture risk during drug holiday from risedronate vs alendronate
- Calorie-restricted nut diet in patients with stable CHD
Highlights in this review include:
Development of an electronic frailty score
- Advance care planning documentation during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Bisphosphonate therapy reduces long-term risk of fractures in osteoporosis
The Journal of Primary Health Care (JPHC) is the peer-reviewed, open access research journal of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
The JPHC provides its New Zealand and international audience of general practitioners, practice nurses, community pharmacists and other primary health care practitioners with independent, peer-reviewed, research-based knowledge to apply in their practices.
Articles of interest
Strategies for overcoming language barriers in healthcare,
Squires, Allison PhD, RN, FAAN
Nursing Management (Springhouse): April 2018 - Volume 49 - Issue 4 - p 20-27 doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000531166.24481.15
Language barriers between nurses and patients can affect patient care. Follow these practice-based strategies to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions.
Yatsu, H, Saeki, A. Nurs Open. 2022; 9: 1575–1588. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.938
This review aimed to elucidate research trends in global nursing in international literature.
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