News bulletin 8 February

on 8 February

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.

No. 628 Wednesday 8 February 2023

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

New Zealand news

From 'useful wife' to NP professor: Massey nursing leader is never far from child-health front line

Karen Hoare has made history in nursing and academia more than 30 years after setting off for The Gambia somewhat as an accessory to her doctor husband. Fiona Cassie reports


Nurses Organisation lead details racism, discrimination in Waitangi panel discussion

The kaiwhakahaere for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation has described the racist system Māori nurses face in Aotearoa.

Kerri Nuku was part of a hauora panel discussion at Te Tii Marae, delivering a powerful kōrero about her time in the profession, fighting against discrimination for future nursing generations.


Anti-mandate activist ordered to remove social media posts about nurse

Anti-mandate activist Bradley Flutey has been ordered to remove posts he made about a nurse on social media and has been forbidden from posting about her again.


International news


Ontario hospital nurses start contract talks, plan 'escalating actions' | CBC News

'Safe to say that we are looking for far more,' says Ontario Nurses' Association interim president


Quebec's efforts to hire nurses from abroad falling short - CTV News Montreal

After failing to recruit hundreds of orderlies internationally, François Legault's government is now dangling the same solution to the nursing shortage.


Embrace simulation in nurse training say universities

Nurse training should embrace simulation and virtual methods of learning to draw on the latest in cutting-edge technology, to help tackle the NHS workforce crisis, universities have suggested.


Opposition slams gov't plans to restrict nurses to work abroad - Solomon Star News

LEADER of Opposition, Matthew Wale, has slammed plans by the Government to restrict local nurses from seeking job opportunities overseas.

The Opposition Office is aware that nurses are planning a mass departure to work at Aged Care Centres in Australia with offers also in Vanuatu.


Children and young people

Half of children in Oranga Tamariki care don't have a GP

About half of children in state care do not have a GP, according to the Independent Children’s Monitor’s annual review of Oranga Tamariki.



$764m paid out as future of Covid-19 leave scheme hangs in the balance

There is still no decision on the fate of the Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme, with Government officials say discussions are ongoing.


How racism was identified in initial media reporting of Covid in Aotearoa

Ki te whaiao, ki te ao Mārama report:

National surveys in February and March 2021 showed that racist incidents increased during the pandemic, particularly for Māori, Pacific and Asian respondents. The same surveys also found strong support to stop or reduce immigration, with a particular focus on immigrants and tourists from China, the United States, and international students


Cultural safety

Slow uptake on new laws requiring health groups to be culturally appropriate

Most health authorities are not embracing new laws requiring culturally appropriate interactions with Māori, a study finds.


Te Whatu Ora Health NZ

New Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall outlines her priorities

Incoming Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall says the future of the new Dunedin Hospital project will be a major focus for her.

Verrall was yesterday named as the new Minister of Health by Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, and she is well versed in health-care issues in Otago and Southland.


Taranaki hospitals getting 34 graduate nurses and 16 new doctors |

Te Whatu Ora in Taranaki has hired 34 graduate nurses in one of the highest intakes of graduates in recent years.


Nurses used torches for light after Christchurch Hospital hit by power blackout | Newshub

Christchurch Hospital was plunged into darkness for an hour on Friday night after an unexplained power outage. Generators at the hospital failed ...


Health experts call for a national survey to measure unmet need for elective surgery

A group of Canterbury surgeons say New Zealand is behind other developed countries in measuring unmet secondary elective healthcare needs and is calling for a national survey.


Frontline healthcare workers battle Middlemore ED’s chronic staffing shortages 

A frontline healthcare worker says Middlemore Hospital’s emergency department is haemorrhaging staff who are leaving the industry and heading across the Tasman for better pay and conditions.


HDC and disciplinary cases

Explicit texts exposed nurse's alleged sexual relationship with disabled mental health patient

A disgraced senior nurse’s alleged sexual relationship with a severely disabled mental health patient was exposed when explicit messages he’d sent her were seen on her phone.



Prescription charges can be an 'insurmountable barrier'

Removing the $5 prescription charge for people in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation reduces the number of hospital admissions and the length of stays, a new study shows.


Public health

Australian measles case prompts caution for Kiwis who may have been on same flight

case of measles in Australia has prompted health officials to warn Kiwi passengers who may have been exposed on the same flight.


Reports and journals

Infection Prevention & Control Research Review

Issue 19

Welcome to Issue 19 of Infection Prevention and Control Research Review. 

Antibiotic resistance is the topic of two articles included in this issue, one of which reports changes in rates of antimicrobial resistance during the COVID-19 pandemic while the other describes the monitoring of wastewater for the presence of antimicrobial resistance genes.

Other highlights of this review include:

  • Smart technology to monitor face mask use
  • ESBL in long-term care facilities
  • IPC practice innovation


Articles of interest

Scoping and redesign of the nursing and midwifery clinical facilitator learning support model in northern Queensland

‘Australia is fast approaching a dire nurse shortage’.1 Workforce strategists report a significant reason employees leave organisations is lack of training and development opportunities.2

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


Holding on and letting go: Views about filial piety among adult children living in New Zealand. 

Montayre, J., Saravanakumar, P., Zhao, I., Holroyd, E., Adams, J., & Neville, S. (2022). 

Journal of Clinical Nursing, 31, 2797– 2804.

Aims and Objectives

The study aimed to explore the perspectives of adult children about late-life living and care arrangements for their ageing immigrant parents living in New Zealand.


Older immigrants’ well-being is closely associated with filial relations and is often reliant on families as a main source of social, financial and emotional support. Research among migrant Asian adults has reported mixed findings regarding intergenerational perspectives of filial practices.


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 7 February

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