News bulletin 18 July 2012

on 18 July

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 112,  18 Jul 2012

From NZ media this week 

Researcher calls for suicide 'gatekeepers'
A leading researcher on suicide in New Zealand says she believes one of the most effective prevention strategies is for entities like schools and businesses to ensure staff members are taught to recognise warning signs. 

Health providers join forces for common good
Two primary health entities have joined forces to offer primary healthcare and Whānau ora services to over 300,000 Maori, Pacific and other families with high healthcare and social needs. 

Inquiry Into Children’s Health
Health Select Committee holds an inquiry into preventing child abuse and improving health outcomes for children - and hears evidence from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Psychiatrist Denise Guy & the Every Child Counts Coalition. 

Aaron's 'invisible disability'
'I wish I had an ordinary brain," 14-year-old Aaron Smith tells his adopted mother. Though he looks like an average teenager who enjoys swimming, soccer and playing PlayStation, Aaron has foetal alcohol syndrome and functions at the level of an 8-year-old 

Doctor calls for alcohol reforms
A New Plymouth paediatrician is calling for radical government reforms to overcome New Zealand's deadly drinking culture. 

Plea to MPs over foetal alcohol syndrome
The children's commissioner says an "explosion" in the number of children with signs of foetal alcohol syndrome terrifies him. 

Waikato Hospital reports increase in child abuse cases
A growing number of mistreated and abused children are being admitted to Waikato Hospital, and hospital staff are treating a worrying number of head injuries. 

Children must be the priority say nurses
As one of the 72 organisations to contribute their submission to Unicef to collate, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) strongly supports the themes outlined in the ‘What will it take’ paper. It is essential that the government take note of the key messages in the document as they develop their White Paper for children.

Nurse reinstated after slapping patient's face
A Christchurch mental health nurse who slapped a patient's cheek after she spat in his face has been reinstated. 

Outsourcing result of commission staff cuts
It is "just silly" the now-defunct Mental Health Commission spent $346,800 on a single outside contractor during 2011-12 to develop a mental health plan, Labour MP and mental health spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway says. 

Drop-in child health clinics expanded
The Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation (WRPHO) has expanded its free immunisation clinics and B4 School Checks to try and capture Whanganui pre-school children who are missing out. 

International media 

Chief nurse to draw up national strategy for nursing (free registration required.  If previously registered just need to log in )
A national blueprint for the future of nursing in England is to be developed over coming months, Nursing Times has learnt. 

Nurses need new skills for a new NHS, says leadership chief
Nurses need to be empowered with new skills to help them move into new settings, according to the head of the NHS’ new Leadership Academy. 

For nurses, Smartphones at work are the norm
Smartphones aren't just popular with docs, they're becoming a staple for nurses on the job, too. And the apps they're using are
 moving far beyond references and data-management tools, according to an article in the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics.

The Real Promise of Mobile Health Apps
Mobile devices have the potential to become powerful medical toolsA
s a volunteer in a trial of mobile health technology, I can attest that it's incredibly cool to pick up your iPhone, fire up an application to monitor your heart rate and rhythm, and then beam your ECG reading to a cardiologist halfway around the globe. As a physician-scientist, I also know that cool technology is not necessarily synonymous with good science or sound health practices and that therein lies a challenge. 

Nurse's aides protest job losses: Westchester Medical Center layoffs made way for private company
WHITE PLAINS — Nurse’s aides laid off from Westchester Medical Center this week rallied Thursday outside the County Office Building to protest the job losses. 

Keeping nurses considered key to fixing shortage (Aus)
The head of nursing at the University of Southern Queensland says increasing the number of graduates is only one way to address a shortage in the sector. 

State facing nurse shortage: union (Aus)
The Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) says the state will soon be short of nurses and midwives unless the State Government runs a major recruiting drive. 

Telemonitoring helps diabetics to manage their own care (US)
Last summer, the Western New York Beacon Community began a telemonitoring project among high-risk diabetic patients to prevent emergency room visits and hospital readmissions. The community, which includes Buffalo and eight nearby counties, has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country with approximately 150,000 diabetic patients. 

Time to Focus on Rural Nurse Staffing (US)
When nurses are in abundant supply, nurse leaders and hospitals tend feel a sense of relief. But nurse leaders are urged not take their staffing levels for granted, and perhaps nowhere is this more important than in rural areas, where healthcare provider recruitment is an even greater challenge. 

Public health 

Last chance for free flu immunisation
Kiwis eligible for free flu immunisation have less than 21 days left to be vaccinated before the Government-subsidised campaign ends this year on July 31. 

Big rise in superbug infections
More New Zealanders than ever before are contracting the antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA.  

Computer hints and tips 

Online survey tools
Whether you're interested in market research, political opinions or customer satisfaction, free online survey tools can be a great way to collect data. These tools allow you to quickly and effectively set up an online survey that collects information on subject matter that is important to you, your organization or your business. Read more: 

Five Cool Things You Can Do With Skype
Skype is one of the most popular free services on the Web. With a rich set VOIP calling features it is unequalled by the various copycat programs that offer free internet phone calls. But in addition to making voice calls and chatting online, Skype has a bunch of really cool features you might not be aware of. Read on to learn more about some fun and useful things you can do with Skype...

Work and management 

New Zealand ShakeOut for the health and disability sector
New Zealand ShakeOut is a nationwide exercise taking place at 9.26 am on 26th September 2012. The target is to have one million people participate by practicing Drop, Cover and Hold – the right action to take in an earthquake.  

Website of interest 

ResearchGate was built for scientists, by scientists, with the idea that science can do more
when it's driven by collaboration.
ResearchGate began when two researchers discovered first-hand that working with a friend or colleague based on the other side of the world was no easy task. The rapid evolution of technology has opened the door to change; by providing you with the right tools, we strive to facilitate scientific collaboration on a global scale.There’s a Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice section that may interest some people  

Articles of interest

Alberta study shows Aboriginal and low-income children had more mental health-related visits to ER
An Alberta-based study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) found that First Nations and lower-income children had more repeat visits to hospital emergency departments (ED) for mental health-related crises than other childrenEmergency health care use and follow-up amongsociodemographic groups of children who visit emergencydepartments for mental health crisesAmanda S. Newton PhD, Rhonda J. Rosychuk PhD, Kathryn Dong MSc MD, Janet 

Patient navigators becoming the norm in Canada
Confused, disoriented and lost. Directions are readily available to navigate city roads but what about the road to cancer recovery? Where’s the map to direct patients through the twists, turns and unmarked pathways of the health care system? 

Obesity: Managing an emerging health crisis
Nursing Management
July 2012 
Volume 43 Number 7
Pages 26 - 33
Affecting both children and adults, obesity is a priority healthcare issue.1 The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that the obesity crisis will eventually surpass the more traditional public health concerns of inadequate nutrition and infectious diseases as a substantial contributing factor to poor health.2 Poor dietary intake and lack of physical activity are two of the major contributing factors that have led to this health crisis in the United States and internationally.1,3 In the United States alone, the obesity trend has increased over the last 20 years, with all states having an obesity prevalence of at least 20%.4 In addition, approximately 73% of men and 65% of women are obese or overweight, constituting about one-third of American adults, with rates increasing yearly.5h

New publications 

Illuminating Florence: Finding Nightingale's Legacy in Your PracticeBy Alex Attewell, MBA, BA, AMA
Nearly 100 years ago Florence Nightingales voice, vision, and values came to life. Born May 12, 1820 she was named after the city of her birth, Villa La Columbia in Florence, Italy. Through Florences journey she became a leader in nursing. She achieved a leading position in a world dominated by men, driving and leading her male co-workers. Florence became a pioneer during the Crimean War tending to wounded soldiers. She earned the nick name The Lady with the Lamp, because she continually made her rounds at night checking on the wounded soldiers. Florence died on August 13, 1910, leaving her voice, vision and values to live on in todays nursing community around the world.Illuminating Florence will help present-day nurses learn that Nightingale was not only just like them, but that they too can make a profound impact on the nursing profession. This book will make Nightingale accessible, relevant, humanize her a bit, and allow current nurses to find their inner Florence. 

Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes
By Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN and Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS
To learn from the events in our lives we must reflect on the situation, understand it and learn from it. In this new book Gwen Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch focus on reflection in the learning process. The book explores how reflection provides a process for asking critical questions that can lead to improvements in quality and safety. It expands on current pedagogies with a learner centered focus. Exercises included in the book are adaptable to most work settings and will help guide both interactive group work as well as individual reflection that may be shared with a coach or mentor. 

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 17 Jul 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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