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News bulletin 20 Julyon 20 July
Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 602, Wednesday 20 July 2022
Weekly news round-up of nursing and health information in New Zealand and internationally
New Zealand news
Money for placing enrolled nurses and nurse practitioners in mental health is on the line.
A nursing educator would like to see cultural skills recognised in nurses’ pay packets.
Josephine Davis from the University of Auckland says efforts to lift the number of Māori nurses is must overcome obstacles to training, such as that prospective nurses may have to leave whānau to study elsewhere, give up paid work that is essential for their families or even deal with the problems of learning how to look at tertiary level after leaving school early.
On Tuesday, Stuff published an article headlined “Plea by unvaccinated nurses to return to work”, which included quotes from Nurses for Freedom NZ ...
Unvaccinated nurses in New Zealand are being encouraged to get the ... not going to pass on COVID any more than a vaccinated nurse," she said.
A health recruiter's first overseas drive since the borders opened has maxxed out, with hopes it will bring in 100 desperately needed workers.
The “great white shark” of Covid-19 is circling, picking off nurses during the busiest winter yet at Blenheim’s Wairau Hospital.
A nurse at an acute ward at Hutt Hospital believes patients are dying and medical registrations are in jeopardy due to dangerously low staffing levels.
Christchurch nurse Elle Clark says that nurses are “overworked and burnt out” in New Zealand's public health system, and that better pay, ...
Nurses are angry with the Minister of Health and say he has not acknowledged the health crunch in Aotearoa.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling for an urgent conference to address the health care crisis.
Health Minister Andrew Little has labelled the country’s largest nurses’ union as being ‘unprincipled’ and the impediment to a pay deal.
Nurses Organisation (NZNO) chief executive Paul Goulter said the union was disappointed. “We were saddened by the fact he thinks it's more important ...
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation responds after Health Minister Andrew Little accused it of "talking with a forked tongue".
Hospital bosses issue warning as government moves to end technical qualifications for healthcare students. NHS nurses on a hospital ward.
The ICN says the rising number of nurses taking strike action is due to governments' ... Jul 12, 2022 | Blog, News, Nurse Staffing Shortage.
Apart from that, upskilling is imminent in the era of telehealth, when nurses should be able to monitor and analyse the body parameters of a distant patient and raise an alarm by quickly informing doctor in case of emergency.
MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - The Philippines has lifted a decade-old ban on offering nursing programmes in more schools, as it looks to boost supply to meet the demand for nurses.
The cosmetic nursing industry says burnt-out registered nurses are leaving ...
A survey commissioned by the Alliance for Connected Care and conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of CVS Health found that “82% of patients support allowing nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training, including through telehealth.” Additionally, the study found that “nearly 80% of health care providers — including a sample of physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses and therapists — agree NPs should be practicing to the full extent of their training.”
Medscape Medical News surveyed (reg. req.) more than 10,000 nurses to gauge job satisfaction among nurses for its Nurse Career Satisfaction Report ...
Nurses preparing for shift change in the emergency department at ... Christine Chung is a general assignment reporter covering breaking news.
Nurses are being left with no choice but to provide care to patients in corridors and in the back of ambulances as NHS hospitals run out of space.
A current nurse shared a picture with News 4 of her lip stitched up after being punched by a patient. “Why are we not being able to find people to ...
Created by Sanofi Pasteur and the American Nurses Association, the campaign to drive more flu vaccinations comes with the added star power of ...
The Australian state’s government will try to entice highly skilled nurse practitioners, general practitioners and private hospital staff into Victoria’s emergency departments to triage the sick and injured people arriving by ambulance in record numbers.
Mr Hendry, the southern representative on the New Zealand Aged Care ... any health and safety risk to residents, such as inadequate nursing cover.
Health Minister Andrew Little has "his head in the sand" over the rest home nursing crisis, says the last deputy chairman of the now defunct West Coast District Health Board.
Deputy Commissioner, Rose Wall has found Golden Pond Private Hospital and a registered nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for poor care provided to a woman in their care, following a serious fall.
At home bowel testing kits have helped detect early-stage bowel cancer in 20 South Cantabrians since they were launched in November 2020.
Doctors say if new Covid-19 measures fail to work, they could be faced with making drastic decisions about which urgent patients to treat.
People aged 50 and over, healthcare, aged care and disability workers over 30, and immunocompromised people can get it six months after their first.
Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network welcomes the Government’s announcement to widen the criteria under which the COVID-19 antiviral medication, Paxlovid, can be prescribed but has concerns around safety and support available in rural communities.
“This [Gazette] change also enables Designated Prescriber-Registered Nurses to be able to prescribe these medicines for COVID-19” Nurse prescrib ...
Three antiviral medicines used for treating Covid-19 early in an infection will be rolled out to about 400,000 more people, should they catch the virus.
An immunologist is warning "we're in for a rough ride" as new Covid-19 variants and waning immunity make it more likely people will be infected or reinfected with the virus.
The way New Zealand records Covid-19 deaths is changing, officials have announced.
Instead of reporting all people who died within 28 days of a Covid-19 infection, those who died because of the virus, or for whom Covid-19 was a contributing factor in their death, will be reported formally.
Te Pūkenga has been forced to back down on nursing curriculum changes after criticism that the nursing community was disrespected and not listened to, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Penny Simmonds says.
Emergency department wait times are now the longest in at least a decade as more than one in five people experience a treatment delay of at least six hours, the National Party claims.
Wairarapa's emergency department hit an all-time staffing low on Sunday, with only two nurses rostered on the overnight shift.
Overnight shifts are struggling with severe staff shortages. New Zealand Nurses Organisation delegate Lucy McLaren spoke to Corin Dann.
Newshub understands it's far worse in the provinces, because nurses are ... centralised but Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand said how day rates ...
Health staff at Wairarapa Hospital say pressure on the system is no longer just a crisis but a catastrophe.
End of life care
More than 140 New Zealanders have been assisted to die since the legislation came into effect.
Te Whatu Ora Health NZ
New Zealand's healthcare reforms have got rid of the 20 district health ... Its mix of exhausted doctors, underpaid nurses, siloed managers, ...
An elderly woman huddled in a woollen blanket in the "freezing" wet and cold under a leaky tent at North Shore Hospital is the "human cost" of healthcare failure, a nurse's union says
About 800 Canterbury health care staff are off sick or on “other leave”, as the region records the highest number of Covid-19 cases nationally – with numbers expected to increase.
As the public health sector comes under pressure, the private health sector is increasingly stepping in to pick up the slack. Some say that increases inequity.
One in three people need financial assistance in order to receive healthcare in New Zealand, results from a survey show.
Health Minister Andrew Little admits waiting times at the Emergency Department are getting longer but says health entities are doing all they can to make improvements.
OPINION: Health Minister responds to criticism as winter ills and Covid pressure services.
Health Minister Andrew Little talks to Stuff health reporter Rachel Thomas about pressures on the health system, nurses' pay and how he intends to fix ...
Health Minister Andrew Little talks to Stuff health reporter Rachel Thomas about pressures on the health system, nurses' pay and how he intends to fix workforce shortages.
A University of Otago researcher says Māori and Pasifika patients are being failed by a heart abnormality diagnosis that is not fit for purpose.
A key initiative aimed at boosting Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and preparing for future disease outbreaks has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of co-directors to the newly formed Infectious Disease Research Platform (IDRP). Read more
The Covid pandemic has created a new type of health worker – and Health Minister Andrew Little is keen to bring them into the system.
Māori health providers have taken on hundreds of kaimahi to assist with testing and vaccination campaigns.
One in four New Zealanders who die by suicide do so with excess blood alcohol – with the figures even worse for Māori and Pasifika, new analysis of coronial data has found. Read more
Specialist staff have been recruited from the UK to help run a new mental health and intellectual disability unit in Porirua, as Health Minister Andrew Little acknowledged difficulties in filling health sector vacancies.
"In New Zealand, there isn't a learning disability nurse training pipeline. So, typically, the people who work in our services come from a mental health background and then we provide the additional training they need to work in this specialist area. So, a lot of our staffing does need to come from overseas from the UK," Oxnam said.
Midwifery and maternity
A veteran midwife says while Covid-19 had exacerbated issues, midwives have been facing the same problems for the past 20 plus years.
The shortage of midwives in Taranaki is the worst in the country.
The latest figures available show at the end of March the then Taranaki DHB had more vacancies for midwives than it had midwives. The figures are from the National Party health spokesman Dr Shane Reti.
Midwives are looking to leave the profession or the country as a Ministry of Health pay problem has seen some go months without invoices paid.
Primary health care
The global GP crisis is hitting home, with just one Wairarapa clinic taking on new patients.
Of the seven primary care providers in the region listed on Tu Ora Compass Health, only one was accepting new enrolments.
Palmerston North’s large integrated family health centre Kauri Healthcare is so stretched by staff sickness at the beginning of the winter flu and Covid-19 season it is putting off any non-urgent appointments.
Sexuality and sexual health
Health NZ says the local sexual health service had 12 cases of the STI in the past quarter, compared to three in the same period last year.
Info about post-stroke care is "very heteronormative" and rainbow patients' experiences haven't been examined, researcher says.
Leading healthcare provider, ProCare, has today celebrated the milestone of 1,000 telehealth consultations delivered for high-needs groups through the Ministry of Health’s Digital Enablement Programme, UnifyHealth.
Reports and Journals online
The report, Probable Futures and Radical Possibilities: An exploration of the future roles of health workers globally, describes probable futures – areas where there is a great deal of consensus about the future – and identifies radical possibilities which are far more uncertain but could have an enormous impact on global health.
Welcome to Issue 196 of GP Research Review.
In this issue, a study published in JAMA provides further evidence that vaccine effectiveness for two doses of BNT162b2 against symptomatic infection decreases rapidly in adolescents, but increases after a booster dose.
Other highlights in this review include:
Early food exposure to prevent food allergy in infants
- Remote monitoring and behavioural economics in managing heart failure
- Supplements for prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer
Hosted by the Canadian Nurses Association, the 2023 Congress will be held in person, 1-5 July 2023, at the Palais de Congrès with the theme “Nurses together: a force for global health”.
Call for Abstracts
Call for Abstracts
Start getting your abstracts submissions ready! Abstracts can be submitted from 1 September to 31 October 2022 for an oral or e-poster presentation so there is less than two months to start putting them together! The on-line submission system will be open from.
The eight sub-themes for the 2023 Congress are:
- Nursing leadership: shaping the future of healthcare
- The critical role of nurses in emergency and disaster management
- Driving the professional practice of nursing through regulation and education
- Improving the quality and safety of healthcare delivery
- Advancing nursing practice: pushing the boundaries
- Growing and sustaining the nursing workforce
- Promoting and enabling healthier communities
- Addressing global health priorities and strengthening health systems
Find the full Call for Abstracts with all the details you need to start working on your abstract.
Articles of interest
Jordan, P., Iwu-Jaja, C., Mokoka, E., Kearns, I., Oamen, B., de Lange, S., Schutte, L., & Naidoo, V. (2022).
Nursing Open, 00, 1– 8. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.1273
This paper describes the development of the training programme for South African professional nurses on how to manage critically ill COVID-19 patients in intensive care units and repurposed general wards.
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