News bulletin 25 July 2012

on 25 July

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No. 113,  25 Jul 2012

From NZ media this week 

Attitudes of aged care staff to gay residents researched
University of Auckland researchers, with colleagues from Massey University and representatives from health and social care organisations, have conducted research examining the views and experiences of staff caring for older lesbians and gay men in residential aged care facilities. 

Breast-feeding baby's death forces hospital changes: Inquest
The death of a 2-day-old girl unit has prompted hospital staff to change their care of mothers breast-feeding in bed, a coroner's inquest has heard. 

Royal NZ College of GPs launches its Māori Strategy
Today’s launch at Parliament of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Māori Strategy is a significant milestone in its engagement with Māori, says College President Dr Harry Pert.

Canterbury DHB mental health service slammed
A man was told by a mental health professional to take his "naughty" daughter home months before she fell to her death from a Sumner cliff. 

Alcohol follow-ups cut repeat Wellington Hospital visits
A project to improve the effectiveness of Wellington Hospital's emergency department has succeeded so spectacularly that other health boards are adopting it. 

More poverty among kids since quakes
Earthquake-hit Christchurch children are suffering from more poverty-related illnesses, a welfare charity says. 

Whanganui trials faith-based therapies
Christian prayer and traditional Maori healing are to be offered at Whanganui Hospital as part of a natural therapy service - but a sceptic says they could do more harm than good. 

International media 

Shortage of Local Nurses in SA: Trying to Attract Foreign Nurses
Due to shortage of nurses, the SA Nursing Council and Africa Health Placements have joined hands together to magnetize a number of foreign nurses to the country. It seems that efforts would be taken to call them from countries like Australia, the US, UK and Canada. 

Colorado court: Nurses can provide anesthesia
— DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that advanced-practice nurses can administer anesthesia without a doctor's supervision, a ruling the prompted a warning by doctors that patients could suffer serious medical complications and receive inadequate care. -
here's the ruling (.pdf) 

Several million healthcare workers needed by 2020 (US)
Regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act, the United States will need 5.6 million new healthcare workers by 2020, according to a study. 

How learning disability liaison nurses are transforming patient care
Amid concerns that similar roles will be lost in the NHS reforms, we celebrate the work and impact of the specialist nurses 

Public health 
Micronutrients may help treat stress
People who suffered psychological distress following the Christchurch earthquakes benefited from taking micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), a University of Canterbury study has revealed. 

Severe flu epidemic hits country
New Zealand is facing an influenza epidemic that experts say is as big as swine flu and has already left about 12 people fighting for their lives. 

Auckland after-hours clinics struggle to cope with flu patients
Some of Auckland's after-hours medical clinics have suffered a double-hit of staff sickness and a flood of patients, as the winter flu season intensifies.  

Articles of interest 
Aligning systems with the Magnet® Model to create a culture of safety
Nursing Management: July 2012 - Volume 43 - Issue 7 - p 52–55
One of the nurse executive's most significant challenges is to create a culture of safety in a complex, patient-care organization while balancing that culture with efforts to contain the skyrocketing costs of healthcare. The utilization of the Magnet® Model, developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2007, is one approach to provide a framework for creating system alignment and better positioning organizations for success 

Mentoring: It’s Not Just for Nurse ‘Newbies’ Anymore
July 12, 2012 - Who says that mentorships are only useful for new, fresh-out-of-school nurses?  Health care facilities, schools of nursing and professional associations are trying new approaches to reach out and support nurses throughout their careers, resulting in benefits for all parties involved  

From the Ministry of Health 

New Zealand Health Emergency Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT) Operational Manual
This manual describes the mission, function, recruitment processes and operating procedures for a medical assistance team to provide health support for a geographic area where health services have been overwhelmed by a disaster, either in New Zealand or the south-west Pacific. 

New publications 

When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Overcoming the Cycle of Nurse Bullying
By Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP
Bullying among nurses is a vexing and serious problem within the profession – a problem that has the potential to destroy a nurse’s morale, interfere with the ability to trust colleagues and erode quality of care. When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Nurse Bullying confronts this problem by examining the causes and providing ways to diffuse a confrontational situation.
Written by Surviving Ophelia author Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP, When Nurses Hurt Nurses is at the forefront of addressing the issue of bullying within the nursing profession.
Dellasega delves into the history of nurse bullying, provides theories about its causes and offers sample dialogues to diffuse violent situations as well as ways to create a positive work environment. 

Mastering Precepting: A Nurse´s Handbook for Success
By Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN
Nurse Preceptors live at the intersections of education/practice and of the present/future. They are the essential link between what nurses are taught and what they do, and between what nurses know and what they need to know.Mastering Precepting: A Nurse´ s Handbook for Success, Beth Tamplet Ulrich and contributors share their experiences, advice, theory, and research findings to better describe the role of precepting and the importance of it. This book is not only a primer for the new preceptor but a resource to consult as needed over a lifetime of precepting.
Experience and good clinical skills do not necessarily result in good precepting. Throughout its 13 chapters, Mastering Precepting looks at the role of preceptor: learning strategies, communication, coaching, technology, behaviors and motivation, and self-care. It focuses on improving the skills of those who serve as preceptors, not only for new graduates but for nurses transitioning from any nursing role into another. A good preceptor can set the foundation for a thriving career while a poor one can have devastating outcomes, not only for the nurse, but for the patient as well. Kathy Sanford in the books foreword says, “Its underlying premise is that we can improve our precepting abilities and, in doing so, can contribute to the enrichment of other nurses careers. ” 

The Nurse's Social Media Advantage: How Making Connections and Sharing Ideas Can Enhance Your Nursing Practice
By Robert Fraser, BScN, RN
Social media has reached into every profession - and nursing is no exception. Almost daily, new research and publishing methods emerge. This fast-paced, ever-changing way of disseminating information will continue to evolve, whether nurses participate or not. With the vital role that nursing plays in the health care community, nurses cannot afford to fall behind. Social media provides exciting possibilities for networking, creating content, finding and sharing information and collaborating to create a global nursing network.These changes can be challenging, but STTI’s new book The Nurse’s Social Media Advantage: How Making Connections and Sharing Ideas Can Enhance Your Nursing Practice will provide you with the tools you need for success. The third book in the Nurse’s Advantage series explains how social media impacts patients and the health care community and why nurses need to be at the forefront of this new technology.
Author and social media expert Rob Fraser, BScN, RN, presents information in an easy-to understand Q&A format and discusses everything social media: from sharing your knowledge to assessing your legal risks and everything in between 

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 24 Jul 2012 
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