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News bulletin 29 Juneon 29 June
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 599, Wednesday 29 June 2022
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
New Zealand news
Patients with common ear infections, sore throats, routine aches and pains and common skin conditions will no longer have to see their doctor for a medical prescription.
Under the new South Island registered nurse prescribing in community health (RNPCH) programme supported by WellSouth, South Island primary care nurses will be trained to prescribe routine medications.
A revolving door means Wellington hospitals are failing to plug holes in midwifery and nursing as planned care remains on hold.
A nurse at Wellington Hospital is revealing what life is like on the ward, amid pressure from the growing number of sick people needing treatment.
A nurse at Wellington Hospital is describing the pressure of work as relentless and desperate. She knows nurses who have already left this year ...
The Government was sent a letter by all district health boards a year ago, warning of “considerable pressures” and outlining “critical workforce issues” being faced by DHBs and exacerbated by the immigration settings at that time.
Kerri Nuku from the New Zealand Nurses Union says nurses are holding their breath as they head into work with Covid-19 and other illnesses continuing to put pressure on the health system.
Burnt out nurses are looking for "greener pastures", their union says, as the most significant change to Aotearoa's health system in decades is now days away.
Hospitals overwhelmed and under-staffed, infectious diseases afflicting the wards, nurses battling for better pay and conditions, student nurses pleading for recognition.
Staff shortages have left health workers in a situation “beyond a crisis”, according to a front line staff member from the Waikato DHB.
OPINION: Healthcare workers in New Zealand already face life-and-death decisions daily. But as multiple winter illnesses add pressure to a system ...
“Pay my nurses?” She sent them back. This GP is in the grip of a perfect storm. Generally dependable and calm, GPs don't tend towards overreaction ...
As New Zealand's health system crumbles due to critical staffing shortages, National has launched a campaign to ensure that migrant nurses and ...
Shortages of nursing and social work staff in Aotearoa can only be met with strong training programmes.
Gender pay gaps have flourished in a culture of continued secrecy around salaries, and a global survey shows more work is needed to shine a light on discrimination in the workplace.
A “concerted effort” to recruit and retain mental health nurses all over the world is required to deal with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic ...
She told the Irish Mirror that Ireland’s health service desperately needs foreign medical staff help but warned that living costs here make it “humanly impossible”.
For international health workers, Australia often offers better pay and conditions – but inequality is worsening amid a global shortfall
A minor injuries unit will remain shut until at least August due to a shortage of nurses, health bosses have said.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation TÅ pÅ«tanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) says the Aged Care sector is in dire straits without mandated ...
"Worldwide it's just very available", says Jennifer Ng, a registered nurse and founder of Drips, a company that administers the treatments in Auckland ...
In this blog, we summarise our recent report that explores the health impacts from severe weather events, such as floods and storms, in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) for the past 70 years. Over this timeframe, there were 498 severe weather events recorded, of which 185 were linked with either injuries or deaths. In total, the deaths of 362 people were reported, and the most common cause of death was boating accidents. The health consequences of severe weather could increase with climate change – but fortunately there are a range of preventive measures available that could lower the harm from these events (eg, by reducing housing on flood plains and low-lying coastal areas).
New Zealand is one of only three countries to see life expectancy increase ... like nursing everywhere you go, there is a shortage of nurses.
Covid-19 Response Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall held a briefing on the Ministry of Health's plans for handling new Covid-19 strains as the health system struggles to cope with winter illnesses.
Health professionals are expecting a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose will be less popular in its uptake.
The second Covid-19 booster shot is an important step to protect vulnerable New Zealanders and the country’s “pressured” health system, a prominent GP says.
Smith, G.D., Bradbury-Jones, C., Gelling, L., Neville, S., Pandian, V., Salamonson, Y. and Hayter, M. (2022), J Clin Nurs. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.16383
The COVID-19 pandemic has exerted a profound impact on the emotional and mental well-being of nurses (Jackson et al., 2020). Globally, highly skilled nursing professionals, often with limited infectious disease experience, have encountered numerous stressors whilst providing vital nursing care to communities during this pandemic. Read more
MidCentral health services are buckling under the weight patients’ needs as its last elected members walk away.
The public should still have confidence in Middlemore Hospital’s emergency department, despite an outstanding investigation into a patient’s death at the hospital, Counties Manukau DHB says.
Health officials in Palmerston North are reviewing workplace safety concerns raised by stressed nurses in the city hospital's emergency ...
District health boards are putting more than $8 million extra into cutting waiting lists for MRI, CT and ultrasound scans.
A petition calling for student nurses to be paid during their placement hours has gained more than 5300 signatures.
The outgoing head of Taranaki's largest community health agency says the new Māori Health Authority could be a game-changer to shift inequities in health.
The looming health reforms represent a time of change and a time of opportunity for the southern primary health organisation WellSouth, chief executive Andrew Swanson-Dobbs tells health reporter Mike Houlahan.
Health New Zealand has made its first permanent appointment today. Dr Nick Chamberlain will be the national director of the new national public health service.
A health workforce recruiting agency is fielding calls from senior US doctors who say they can no longer live in their own country
In a former tractor shed at the back of a Hawke’s Bay marae, women are living by the old adage: it takes a village to raise a child.
Dr Aria Graham (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Tufuiopa Samoa) describes the “beautiful maternal experience” growing up over the road from Waipatu Marae in Hastings, surrounded by her aunties and nannies.
A Waikato Pasifika health provider says Government funding to curb gambling harm will benefit the Pacific community.
On Friday, Health NZ will replace the old health system and those that have borne the brunt of inequities are assured a monumental shift.
Primary health care
Then the 3500 NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members covered by it go onto individual employment agreements whose terms and conditions reflect the ... [subscription need to access]
New Zealand’s chief human rights commissioner says access to primary care has become a human rights issue.
The Health Minister concedes Kiwis don’t have equitable access to GP services and says he’s looking for ways to address this.
Primary care models will have to change under the health reforms, he says.
New Zealand is in the grip of a “twindemic” as a severe flu season combines with ... Nurses leaving as fast as they're replaced in Wellington
Children will be able to get a free flu vaccine from Friday in a move to reduce hospital admissions, and more New Zealanders will now be eligible for a second Covid-19 booster dose.
Comment - Modern medical science has made remarkable progress in the treatment of asthma. Inhalers containing steroids are particularly effective in preventing an asthma attack. But getting people to take these preventive medicines long-term remains a challenge.
Ministry of Health
Long-term conditions pose a major challenge for the New Zealand health system. The prevalence of long-term conditions is high and rising, particularly for Māori and Pacific people who experience the onset of disease at a younger age and face a higher risk of complications and early death. Long-term conditions lead to significant social and economic impacts both for individuals and their whānau and for the health system and society in general.
This report provides a summary of the New Zealand and international evidence base on the health and societal costs of long-term conditions. It updates a 2009 report, incorporating more recent research in this space. The scope of the report was also increased to consider a larger number of long-term conditions and associated risk factors.
Reports and Journals online
New specialist cancer nursing education program becomes available
Emotional welfare must be a focus of nurse education
5 ways to take your health career overseas
How to become a cosmetic nurse
“This paper provides a starting point for measuring cultural safety. It undertakes a review and thematic analysis of available literature to build a system-level conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between cultural safety interventions, experience, and outcomes. The framework emphasizes the interrelationship between the concepts of cultural safety and relationality and how relationality must be considered in the measurement of cultural safety. The paper highlights the attributes of a culturally safe health care experience and identifies the domains and sample health system performance indicators of this proposed conceptual framework. It also proposes concepts to inform discussion among and with Indigenous Peoples and organizations about measuring cultural safety in health care, and thus serves as a launching pad to the development, adaptation and implementation of a framework for measuring cultural safety in the health care system.” Source: National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (Canada)
Articles of interest
Sahay, A., Willis, E., Kerr, D., & Rasmussen, B. (2022). Journal of Nursing Management, 30( 3), 643– 650. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13561
The aim of the study was to gain insight on how nurse leaders manage a culture of safety for graduate nurses.
Current theoretical approaches to safety culture tend towards a checklist approach that focuses on institutional characteristics, failing to examine the quality of interpersonal relationships. These interpersonal interactions are often seen as separate from the institutional realities of resource allocation, nurse–patient ratios, patient acuity or throughput. A theoretical approach is required to illuminate the dialectic between the structure of an organisation and the agency created by nurse leaders to promote patient safety.
Endacott, R., Pearce, S., Rae, P., Richardson, A., Bench, S., & Pattison, N, the SEISMIC Study Team (2022).
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 78, 1075– 1088. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15081
To understand how COVID-19 affected nurse staffing in intensive care units (ICUs) in England, and to identify factors that influenced, and were influenced by, pandemic staffing models.
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