News bulletin 20 June 2012

on 20 June

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No. 108,  20 Jun 2012

From NZ media this week 

Smoother job placement for graduate nurses
The 1200 trainee nurses graduating this year will benefit from a simplified application process for new graduate nursing positions at district health boards (DHBs) from August this year, says Health Minister Tony Ryall.   

$150,000 Grant Given To Mary Potter Hospice to Train Specialist Nurses
A very large grant of $150,000 has been given to Mary Potter Hospice by the Sutherland Self Help Trust Board to fund a new clinical scholarship for the Hospice. 

Nurses condemns “flawed” evaluation of physician assistant trialRolling out the physician assistant role based on the “sweeping conclusions” of a flawed evaluation of a flawed trial was not wise or safe, says a damning critique by nurses’ organisation NZNO. 

Early July date for NZQA reportA review into two bridging nurse degrees at the heart of Indian nurse protests over New Zealand registration standards is likely to be released in early July. 

Aged care workers settle dispute
A nine-month pay dispute at the Oceania rest home group has been settled. 

Few facilities for new mothers with mental health problems
The College of Midwives says care facilities for new mothers with mental health problems are woefully inadequate. 

Call for action over maternal suicides
Findings that suicide is the leading cause of death for expecting or new mums have prompted calls for a specialist unit in the North Island. 

New blueprint for mental health unveiled
The Mental Health Commission is recommending that more people should be able to access mental health and addiction services in the future, and that those who need help should receive it immediately 

Rural towns could be in for cyber doc
Healthcare in Taumarunui is on the verge of a radical shape-up where patients could be diagnosed by a doctor two hours away… 

TV show to attract health recruits
Waikato DHB is looking to use the power of television to inject a little "whizz bang" into its public profile. 

Taranaki is leading a medication safety revolution which is being watched with interest by the rest of the medical world. 

International media 

Nurses should be banned from top NMC job, says super regulator (UK)
Practising nurses and midwives should be banned in future from the top job at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, according to the body responsible for overseeing the troubled regulator. 

Exclusive: mental health trusts criticise quality of new nurses (Registration required)
Mental health trusts in London have slammed the quality of newly qualified nurses coming out of courses in the capital, Nursing Times has learnt. 

ANA Urges Recognition and Funding for Nurses' Care Coordination (USA)
The federal government, health care insurers, and other health care financing systems should acknowledge the central role of registered nurses (RNs) in providing effective care coordination services, which should be fully funded to continue improving health care quality and patient outcomes and reducing costs through more efficient use of resources, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recommends. 

Labour criticises job seekers performing unpaid hospital work  (UK)
A government-backed scheme to allow unpaid job seekers to perform duties for a hospital trust could be seen as “staffing on the cheap”, a Labour MP has claimed.  

Work and management
 9 Ways to Destroy Your Team Relationships
June 13, 2012 -
“No nurse works effectively in a vacuum.”
“It takes a village.”
“All for one, and one for all.”
All of these axioms are true when it comes to nursing and teamwork. 

How models help staff to plan care
Nurses at all levels can benefit from using nursing models, says David Barrett.  

Health and wellbeing

The real cost of healthy food 
The price of fruit and vegetables may be increasing, but nutritionists say it's still cheaper overall to eat healthily. 

Articles of interest

Is our focus right? Workforce development for primary health care nursing
Eileen McKinlay, Jill Clendon, Sue O’Reilly
INTROdUCTION: Effective workforce development is a key investment in producing quality health care. service delivery stakeholders often assume that workforce development is best achieved through short clinical topic training or extended postgraduate courses; however, the views and preferences of primary health care (PHC) nurses have not routinely been sought. This study explores the workforce development needs of experienced PHC nurses in a provincial area of New Zealand. 

Teamwork—general practitioners and practice nurses working together in New Zealand
Mary Finlayson, Antony Raymont
INTROdUCTION: Teamwork in primary health care has been encouraged in New Zealand and in the international literature. It may improve work satisfaction for staff, and satisfaction and outcomes for patients. Teamwork may be classified as being multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary and is likely to be influenced by the nature of the work and the organisational context. AIM: To describe and analyse teamwork between general practitioners and practice nurses in New Zealand.

Online publications and reports 

White Paper:  CEP America
Developing & Strengthening Nurse-Physician Relationships 

From the Ministry of Health 

Tupu Ola Moui: Pacific Health Chart Book 2012
Tupu Ola Moui presents key indicators for Pacific health including socioeconomic determinants, risk and protective factors, health status, the health system and health service utilisation. It identifies areas where Pacific children and adults experience poorer health outcomes but also areas where improvements are being made. Tupu Ola Moui updates the first Pacific health chart book published in 2004. 

Continuing education and professional development 
The 1st International Incident Disclosure Conference.
Centre for Health Communication. October 4–5, 2012. University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
This conference will discuss incident disclosure as a strategy to support communication and safety in health care. Featured plenary speakers include Dr. Thomas Gallagher and Dr. David Studdert.  

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 19 Jun 2012 If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email 

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