News bulletin 17 August

on 17 August

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.

No. 606 Wednesday 17 August 2022

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

New Zealand news

Nurse practitioner trainee numbers clarified by Te Whatu Ora - New Zealand Doctor

The number of nurse practitioner trainees getting fully funded support in their final year will step up from 50 to 72 next year.

A study journey across four continents, a pandemic, and a war zone |

Massey University nursing student Martina Paletova can easily say her life has been bursting with unique experiences and significant career positions.


Eyes on the prize | Otago Daily Times Online News

Initially GPs were trained up to deliver the injections in Christchurch, but with demand constantly rising, the GP model wasn’t sustainable. Taking the lead from the UK and Auckland, we started training our nurses instead.


International news

Better opportunities, ease of getting residency among reasons foreign nurses leave S'pore ...

Another nurse who decided to move to New Zealand in order to live with his ... 37, who left his nursing job in Singapore to work in New Zealand.


NHS nurses told to ready for strike action after 'years of underpayment and staff shortages'

It comes after NHS workers were handed yet another below-inflation pay award this year, meaning the average Band 5 nurse is now around £10,000 per ...


Understaffed wards, nurses in tears, and using foodbanks: The NHS staff struggling to survive

Jackie Davies, who started working in the NHS in 1985, is now at the forefront of a campaign to give nurses a substantial pay rise in the wake of potential strike action


Survey Detailing Nurse Leaders’ Attitudes Toward and Experiences with Medical Marijuana Published

A survey examining nurse leaders’ attitudes toward and experiences with medical marijuana by state policy environment recently published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation found that “nurse leaders were supportive of legalization and viewed nurses and nursing organizations as central to patients’ acceptance of, access to, and use of medical marijuana.” Additionally, “they acknowledged that they lacked education and were unaware of existing guidelines on the topic.”


Getting more men into nursing means a rethink of gender roles, pay and recognition. But we ...

Demand for health care is soaring as the population ages, medical treatments become more widely available and more people live with chronic and complex illnesses.


 Specialist doctors and nurses to be imported - IOL

Organisations representing medical professionals were fuming over the government’s move to import specialist doctors and nurses to work in the public health sector.


Nurse practitioners the cure for spiralling healthcare costs, peak body says - The Guardian

Nursing bodies say increasing the role of nurses – not the Medicare rebate ... In New Zealand nurse practitioners, like general practitioners, ...


UK must stop poaching nurses from poorer countries, warns ICN leader - RCNi

International Council of Nurses chief Howard Catton says failings in nurse education have led to nurses being hired from red-list countries and ...



‘Possibly forever’: New Covid-19 czar settles in for the long fight

In his first interview since taking the reins of the Covid-19 response, Dr Andrew Old speaks to Newsroom about social licence, living with the virus and his hopes for the new Public Health Agency.


Health NZ Te Whatu Ora

Southland Hospital improvements delayed over cost increase

Previously approved plans for a new operating theatre and bigger emergency department at Southland Hospital have been put on ice because of design changes.


HDC and professional disciplinary cases

'Unprecedented' jump in complaints to health and disability watch dog |

New Zealand Nurses Organisation president and kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said staffing shortages left exhausted nurses anxious about making mistakes and ...


Nurse unable to 'avoid falling in love' faces penalty for relationship with inmate |

A registered nurse who struck up a relationship with a former inmate she provided mental health support services to is facing disciplinary action.


Health workforce and recruitment

Migrant doctors worry about prospects as officials look overseas to fill workforce gaps - RNZ

Migrant doctors already in the country are worried they will be overlooked as Health New Zealand tries to attract more international doctors.


Maori health

Māori nurses call for dedicated health workforce to be prioritised | RNZ News

Māori nurses are calling for more Māori health workers amid growing staff shortages and burnout.


Iwi and Māori health providers form partnership

A new partnership through telehealth between iwi and Māori health providers aims to deliver more equitable outcomes for whānau in Te Arawa, Heretaunga and Ngāpuhi.


Mental health

Hillmorton nurses feel 'partly responsible' for death, hope inspection brings real change

Nurses at Christchurch’s Hillmorton mental health hospital say the facility had been grossly under-resourced long before the alleged murder of Laisa Waka by a patient.


Public health

Measles vaccination campaign over two years and $26 million hit 7 per cent of target

A $26 million catch-up measles campaign targeted at 300,000 at-risk young adults has hit just 7 per cent of its target.


'We are vulnerable': Doctors call for children and adults to be vaccinated against measles

Doctors fear a fresh spate of deadly measles infections due to low vaccination coverage for toddlers, and a catch-up campaign that has only reached a fraction of the teens and young adults needed to plug the immunity gap.



Health NZ Urged To Adopt New Telehealth Model To Alleviate Workforce Crisis - Scoop NZ

... GPs, nurses and health workers, delivering timely care to patients no matter where they live. The brainchild of the New Zealand Telehealth ...


Reports and Journals online

GP Research Review

Issue 198

Studies with relevance to COVID-19 still dominate a large amount of the medical literature, and the number of articles reported in this issue of Research Review reflects this.

Other highlights in this review include:

 Cardiovascular outcomes with sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors

  • Bariatric surgery and cancer risk and mortality in obese adults
  • Antioxidant properties of organic and non-organic tea brews


Articles of interest

 ‘Look, wait, I’ll translate’: refugee women’s experiences with interpreters in healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Cassim Shemana, Kidd Jacquie, Ali Madiha, Abdul Hamid Nur, Jamil Dina, Keenan Rawiri, Begum Fariya, Lawrenson Ross (2022)

Australian Journal of Primary Health 28, 296-302.

This study aimed to explore refugee women's experiences of interpreters in healthcare in Aotearoa, New Zealand (NZ). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine women who arrived in NZ as refugees. Analysis involved a ‘text in context’ approach. An iterative and interpretive process was employed by engaging with participant accounts and field notes. The various meanings behind participants' experiences were unpacked in relation to the literature and the broader socio-cultural contexts in which these experiences occurred. Findings highlighted issues with professional and informal interpreters. These issues included cost, discrepancies in dialect, translation outside appointments, and privacy. Findings indicate ethical and practical implications of using interpreters in healthcare for refugee women. A step to achieving equitable healthcare for refugee women in New Zealand entails putting in place accessible and robust communicative infrastructure.


The article below is not freely available but may be accessed through databases and libraries to which readers have access. 


Older Persons Complex Care Nurse Practitioner model to reduce hospital readmissions: A pilot study,

Grainne Lowe, Jayne Dohrmann, Juliette Chapman, Lee Stamford, Andrea Driscoll,

Collegian,  2022,  In print

ISSN 1322-7696,


Abstract: Background

People aged over 65 years are associated with increased numbers of co-morbidities, higher health care needs, an increased risk of fragmented care and are four times more likely to be hospitalised than those under 65 years. Nurse Practitioners (NP) working with older populations improved screening, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and provision of equal or better care for chronically ill patients.


To evaluate the effectiveness of the NP within the Older Persons Complex Care service to reduce hospital readmission rates in older complex patients.



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 16 August

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