News bulletin 27 June 2012

on 27 June

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 109,  27 Jun 2012

From NZ media this week 

Minister releases online cultural competency training
edia release from associate health minister Tariana Turia

Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia today released New Zealand's first online foundation course on cultural competency designed specifically for health workforce professionals. 

Voluntary Bonding Scheme pay outs begin
Graduate doctors, nurses, midwives, medical physicists and radiation therapists have until Friday 13 July 2012 to register their interest in joining the Government's Voluntary Bonding Scheme. 

Nurse hiring to be streamlined
A new application process limiting the number of health boards trainee nurses can apply to will reduce the number of graduates missing out on jobs, a nursing director says. 

Tighter rules aim to stop new midwives picking up 'bad habits
Rules on the mentoring of newly graduated midwives have been tightened to reduce the risk of picking up bad habits. 

Health groups: 'Stop duty-free cigs'
Health groups are joining forces to call for duty-free tobacco allowances for travellers to be scrapped. 

How well is your PHO performing?
Health Minister Tony Ryall has today released the Primary Health Organisation (PHO) league tables which show how they are performing against the three national preventative health targets.  

International media 

Fly-in boss angers nurses (Aust)
NURSES are up in arms over revelations that a New Zealand-based health professional has been flown in to Tasmania to do a temporary job which unions argue could be done by locals. 

Nurses down memory lane (Fiji)
had the opportunity of running into of four very lovely ladies the other week and not long into the conversations, I found out that I am part of a mini reunion. They were having lunch at Bowling Club and I was asked to join their table. I was introduced to Mrs Rigieta Nadakuitavuki, Mrs Litia Cava, Mrs Mereani Tukana and Mrs Lavenia Padarath. These four ladies were last together during their graduation from the Central Nursing School at Tamavua in 1968. After 34 long years they finally met again. 

NMC to cease offering professional advice (UK)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to discontinue offering professional advice to nurses and midwives via its telephone line and email service at the end of this month.  

Computers and social media

CDC’s guide to writing for social media
CDC’s Guide to Writing for Social Media was developed by the Electronic Media Branch, Division of News and Electronic Media, Office of the Associate Director of Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was designed to provide guidance and to share the lessons learned in more than three years of creating social media messages in CDC health communication campaigns, activities, and emergency response efforts. In this guide, you will find information to help you write more effectively using multiple social media channels, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and mobile phone text messaging. The guide is intended for a beginner audience, although some readers with an intermediate level may find it useful too. 

Public health 

Recall stops NZ tuberculosis
A worldwide recall of the BCG vaccine will leave at-risk New Zealand children unable to be inoculated against tuberculosis while the Ministry of Health looks for a new vaccine supplier. 

New flu sweeps region
Two Taranaki children were put into hospital last week as a new strain of influenza hit the region.The Egmont Village school children were both admitted to hospital, one with suspected meningitis, but both turned out to be viral infections. 

Hospitals fill up with flu sufferers
Auckland hospitals and GPs are starting to see increasing numbers of patients with respiratory infections as winter takes hold and influenza spreads. 

Health and wellbeing

Hand washing: A simple, but effective safety solution
You wouldn't think that we'd have to devote a lot of time, attention and effort to getting people to wash their hands, would you? It's pretty straight forward. Efficient hand washing is probably the least expensive and certainly one of the most effective patient safety interventions to prevent hospital-acquired infections. 

RNs use behavior-change concepts to develop healthy habits
Karen Cotter, RN, MS, had many reasons to lose weight. In 2009, she was at her heaviest weight ever — 100 pounds more than when she graduated nursing school in 1994. She was on medications for hypertension and hyperlipidemia. When the now 42-year-old assistant professor of nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University College of Nursing in Shawnee talked to her students about taking care of themselves, she felt she was not a good role model  

Articles of interest Telemedicine: Virtual Patient Care and Collaboration
June 13, 2012 - As the population ages and the need for health care increases, access to care is often a challenge, based on location, provider availability, chronic conditions and economic factors. One potential solution to a number of these challenges is the umbrella of care called telemedicine. 

Are Hospice and Palliative Nurses Adequately Prepared for End-of-Life Care?
At the frontlines, members of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) are advocating for better outcomes for patients and their families, improving education for caregivers, and developing new knowledge in caring for their patients with life-limiting conditions. The purpose of this research was to assess core competencies deemed most important by HPNA members by assessing the quantity and quality of continuing education, personal effectiveness, and the level of commitment to… 

From the Ministry of Health 

Refugee Health Care: A Handbook for Health Professionals
The 2012 update of the Refugee Health Care: A handbook for health professionals discusses new refugee communities settled in New Zealand, emerging trends in the health of refugee groups and current therapies, and adds new service providers. Written in consultation with health providers, experts in the field and people from refugee backgrounds, the handbook is designed to support health workers in primary, community and secondary health care settings in the delivery of safe, effective and culturally appropriate care for their refugee clients. 

Continuing education and professional development 

This year the Mental Health Foundation is bringing its national forum on flourishing and wellbeing to Christchurch as a commitment to the recovery of New Zealand’s Garden City.Flourish - Well into the Future
Date: Monday 30 July 2012
Time: 9am – 4.30pm for day event & 5pm – 7pm for evening event
Venue: La Vida Centre, Riccarton, Christchurch The day will feature national and international keynotes notably:
Aaron Jarden * Antonio (Tony) Fernando * Eva Neitzert * Monique Faleafa * Niki Harré

There will be five Pecha Kucha presentations at an exclusive evening event.This one-day forum will include innovative storytelling, interactivity, inspiration and creative dialogue on developing our mental capital and strategies for a flourishing society.Come prepared to change the way you think about your business, your community, your home!
Register now!! Big discounts apply for the first 100 registrations, as well as for all Christchurch residents.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 38th International Mental Health Nursing Conference
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses proudly presents its 38th International Mental Health Nursing Conference, to be hosted in Darwin by the dynamic and dedicated Northern Territory Branch, from 3rd-5th October 2012.  This year’s theme, The Fabric of Life, reflects the historical, cultural and social significance of fabrics in the region, for Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous Australians and for people from across the Asia Pacific. Throughout the world and throughout history, fabric has had a defining place in society and cultural identity. It is both literally and figuratively part of every person’s life from the new born baby’s bunny rug to the funeral shroud.

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  26 Jun 2012 
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