News bulletin 9 May 2012

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Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 102 –  9 May 2012

From NZ media this week 

Become nurses, Peters tells politics class
It may lack cultural value, but new TV show The GC is a talking point for NZ First leader Winston Peters, who says it illustrates the gap between lifestyles in Australia and New Zealand 

Chronic Pain and Fatigue Trust Launches in New Zealand
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers around the world are looking forward to May 12th 2012 for their international awareness day. The exciting news is that a new charitable trust is launching here in New Zealand 

NZ spends much less on healthcare than US

Study finds New Zealand's healthcare spending among the lowest in the world. 

Blitz on foreign patients halves $30m health bill
A crackdown on foreign patients getting taxpayer-funded medical care in New Zealand has virtually halved the $30 million annual bill. 

Wairarapa nurse 'obsessed with rape'

A male nurse accused of inappropriately touching two nursing students was "obsessed by rape" and often made sexually explicit comments, a tribunal has heard. 

Flirting a problem in hospital unit
A culture of flirting and sexual innuendo prevailed in the hospital unit of a male nurse accused of inappropriately touching two nursing students. 

Nurse accused of inappropriate touching
A male nurse accused of inappropriately touching two female nursing students often slapped a colleague's bottom and openly talked of starting a brothel, a disciplinary tribunal has heard. 

Nurse wants more time with first baby

Former Hamilton mother Sam van Oosten faces the prospect of heading back to work after her paid parental leave (PPL) ends in June. 

Health recruitment costs 'not available'

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has declined to reveal how much it spent on recruitment last year as it struggled to attract health professionals to the earthquake-hit city. 

Canterbury's health bosses have asked the Government to guarantee its funding because the health system is "running on a knife edge". 

Nurse calls time after 61 years

District nurse Pat Klouwens has clocked out for the last time in a career spanning 61 years.

Maori get more health money
Waikato is spending more on Maori health than any other DHB in the country, but those working in the sector say funding is still unbalanced. 

Govt 'must make decisions in the best interests of NZers'
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), currently being negotiated in secret, has the potential to limit the government's ability to make decisions that are in the best interests of the health of New Zealanders. 

Health literacy could help prevent illness
Addressing health literacy issues could help to prevent illness and early deaths, improve health system efficiencies, and help to protect patient safety and quality of care, according to a visiting health literacy expert.


Strong relationships between practice nurses and the community have contributed to high immunisation coverage for the Southern District Health Board despite "doubters" and "delayers", a paediatrician says.

Hospital productivity in NZ bucks the trend

Victoria University health researchers say hospital productivity in New Zealand rose by more than three to five percent in the period between 2007 and 2009, challenging perceptions that productivity rates in the sector are declining 

Health: Plan for worst to improve future
Future-proofing your care against the unexpected in life is a message health providers around the country are promoting.  

New guide helps nurses navigate Facebook, Twitter
Nurses and nursing students have been warned to think carefully before allowing employers, other nurses, doctors and allied health professionals access to their personal information on social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. 

Free health checks plan
The Southern Primary Health Organisation has approved a $300,000 initiative supporting free primary healthcare measures for "high needs" patients, chief executive Ian Macara said.   

International media
 Researcher looks at glass half-full in rural study
As part of her doctoral program, Jill Peltzer researched the positive aspects in a rural health care setting. 

Training Helps OR Nurses Manage Disruptive Physician Behavior
Post-communication training, peri-op nurses feel more confident in handling disruptive behavior 

GPs to check nurse NMC registrations (registration required)
The fact that nurses have to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to work in the UK is to be reinforced to GPs. 

RCN hosts commission on nurse education

A UK-wide commission looking at the pre-registration education of nurses will be independently chaired by Lord Willis of Knaresborough, the Royal College of Nursing has announced. The commission, hosted by the RCN, will look at the form and content of education and preparation needed to provide a nursing workforce that is fit for future health and social care services in the UK 

Shift-working nurses should have access to nannies: ANF
The Australian Nursing Federation has supported moves to consider subsidised nannies as a child care option for nurses working shifts. 

Government Admits Urgent Need for National Nursing/Midwifery Strategy
The Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) says that the government now admits the urgent need for a national nursing and midwifery strategy, with the release of Health Workforce Australia’s report titled ‘Health Workforce 2025’. The ‘Health Workforce 2025’ report shows that a sustained nursing workforce depends on retention strategies that work. RCNA says the government now has the proof it needs to finally make a commitment to invest hugely in workforce retention and planning in the sector. 

‘Health Workforce 2025’ Report: Nation Faces Critical Nursing Shortage
A report released by Health Workforce Australia predicts the nation will have a major shortage of 109,490 nurses in 2025. The first major and long-term national projection for the nursing sector, the ‘Health Workforce 2025’ report makes a simulation of workforce supply and demand for doctors, nurses and midwives in the next 13 years. 

Patient Autobiographies Proposed as Nursing Research Material
Perceptions of the quality of health care from a consumer viewpoint can reveal issues generally hidden from a carer’s perspective. Soliciting independent accounts from patients or their families can be difficult, however published literary autobiographies of patients’ and their respective families’ experiences of disease and health care can serve as a source of valuable information. 

Articles of interest 
Care must be viewed as the essence of nursingWithout knowledge of the concept of caring and what it entails, it is difficult to be an effective nursing leader. 

'Social media is here to stay, so practice must adapt accordingly'
Social media is everywhere. You hear people referring to ‘hash tags’ and Facebook pages. Organisations are starting to make more and more use of these communication opportunities. This includes some health organisations. You only need to look at what the Mayo Clinic is doing and you can see the potential. 

Five Ways to Uncover What Your Patients Aren’t Telling You
Do you ever feel like a patient is holding something back? That he or she isn't telling you something that might be important? Your instincts might be correct, as it's fairly common for patients to avoid speaking up about some things that they are feeling or experiencing. 

From the Nursing Council 

Consultation on the qualifications prescribed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses 
The Nursing Council of New Zealand is required by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 to prescribe the qualifications required for registration of internationally qualified registered nurses to protect public safety. The Nursing Council is consulting on the qualifications and registration standards required for internationally qualified registered nurses to register in New Zealand 

Public Health Association Conference
3 - 5 September 2012 
The Public Health Association of New Zealand is excited to invite you to its 2012 conference: Equity from the start – valuing our children, to be held 3-5 September in Wellington. This is New Zealand’s premiere public health event of the year and you don’t want to miss it!A number of high-profile speakers have already been confirmed, including Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health; New Zealand Children’s Commissioner Russel Wills; Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; and Cindy Kiro, Head of the School of Public Health at Massey University.The conference will feature the usual high standard and wide variety of presentations, workshops and panel discussions around equity for children and other important public health themes. A variety of innovative gateway events will also be held on 3 September prior to the opening of the conference. Registrations open 6 May. Mark this in your diary now and find out more at are now inviting abstracts. If you have expertise to share please use our online abstract submission tool at We are also pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities. To find out more contact Prudence Stone at 

Online publications
The role of school nurses in providing emergency contraception services in educational settings (PDF 1.1 MB)
Publication code:
002 772
Publication date: 12 April 2012
Abstract: The role of school nurses has extended to provide emergency contraception and advice on sexual health to school-age students in education settings, following OFSTED’s report on sex and relationship education in schools (2006). This updated RCN position statement aims to clarify the responsibilities of school nurses when they are providing emergency contraception to students in education settings. It also highlights the importance of appropriate training, experience and working together with education providers and looks at the laws around providing emergency contraception to under 16s and the duty of confidentiality. 

New infection prevention guidance
Published: 30 April 2012
The National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) has produced an infection prevention and control guideline update.Published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Update to Infection Prevention and Control in Community and Primary Care Settings Guideline addresses areas in which clinical practice for preventing health care acquired infections (HCAIs) in community settings has changed, where the risk of HCAI is greatest or where the evidence has changed 

Becoming and being a nurse consultant (PDF 2.2 MB)
can further improve their practice, and that of their colleagues, in order to benefit patient care and build on the patient experience. Unlike any other study, it also involved aspiring nurse consultants to see how they could be more fully prepared to take on such critical roles. It also looks at how the role of nurse consultants – still relatively new in today’s health service – can be embedded into the culture of health providers. It explores how organisations can take maximum advantage of the expertise and influence that these nurses have in bringing about change at both a strategic and dayto- day level. The study demonstrates how nurse consultants achieved real change, and answers the all important question: “how did they do it?” 

Competences: for nursing children and young people (PDF 726.8 KB)
Publication code:
004 202
Publication date: 2 April 2012
ISBN: 978-1-906633-96-7
Abstract:The RCN publication Services for children and young people: preparing nurses for future roles (2004) identified core children and young people (CYP) nursing role descriptors and competences. These were used as a starting point and mapped against Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) dimensions to identify potential competences for inclusion in these new nursing competences. This publication presents a detailed explanation of six areas of competence that are specific to the nursing care of children and young people. These provide a useful resource for undertaking a review of educational curricula and for anyone seeking to develop, review or influence career and competence framework development in this area of practice. It also provides the basis for competence frameworks for specialist areas of children’s and young people’s nursing.  

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 at Tuesday 9 May 2012
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