News bulletin 1 August 2012

on 1 August

 Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 114,  Wednesday 1 August 2012

From NZ media this week

Solutions Offered For Some Nursing Students

Waiariki Institute of Technology has been urgently working with the Nursing Council, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and Immigration New Zealand to agree solutions for affected students and recent graduates of its Bachelor of Nursing programme of study for registered nurses (“RN programme of study”), who have faced difficulties in gaining registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Indian nurses starve themselves for jobs

A group of Indian nurses say they are willing to die if they are not allowed to live and work in New Zealand.

Rotorua students hunger striking

Four international nursing students who graduated from Waiariki Institute of Technology last year have joined a hunger strike in Wellington in a last-ditch effort to gain their nursing registrations.  

Hunger-striking students reach impasse

After three days on a hunger strike, without food or water, nine nursing students have won a meeting with the Nursing Council of New Zealand to discuss their registrations.  

Mercy mission for Kiwi nurses

Mercy Ships is a charity that operates the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship.  

Tongan nurses in NZ and Australia support breast cancer awareness program

The Tonga Nurses Associations of New Zealand and Australia, in support of a breast cancer awareness campaign in Tonga, made a donation of pink pins and ribbons to the President of the Tonga Breast Cancer Society Hon. Frederica Tuita today.  

Waikato DHB slated over staffing

A major medical workers union says Waikato District Health Board is "crying wolf" over its inability to attract New Zealand staff to work in its hospitals.  

Medical rules force DHB to rely on costly locums
Desperately needed overseas medical staff are opting for lucrative short-term contracts instead of filling permanent roles because of strict regulatory requirements, say senior Waikato health executives.  

Prisons fork out millions for inmates' healthcare
Convicted criminals racked up $26.5 million in taxpayer-funded healthcare while in jail last year.  

'Spiv' spat sets union boss at odds with Ryall

Health Minister Tony Ryall has been told to stop listening to "spivs" and start listening to professionals.   

State of mind

Reusing syringes may be unheard of in New Zealand's medical centres today but it was standard practice when nurse Pat Diment embarked on her career.  

'One-third' of Maori children in poverty

Maori children are being denied their basic human rights, Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres said.  

Babies make up half of abuse cases
Babies yet to see their first birthdays have accounted for half of all hospital-recorded suspected abuse cases involving young children.  

Physicians call for better health outcomes for Māori children

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) was among other health and childcare experts who, earlier today presented oral submissions to the Māori Affairs Select Committee (MASC) on the Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for Māori children.  

Major initiative to beat childhood killerThis Friday sees the launch of the largest initiative to combat the serious childhood illness of rheumatic fever. The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Health and Counties Manukau DHB and is led by the National Hauora Coalition.  

Sore-throat checks in schools get under way

When 10-year-old Paul Toala had to "open wide" for a nurse, his tonsils were found to be red, inflamed and "enormous".  

Health graduates win MP's glowing praise
Participants in a Whaiora community health pilot programme travelled to Parliament yesterday to present its successful results  

Maori health initiative shows early success

Initial results of a pilot health programme that puts Māori in charge of their own futures has found new ways to measure both social and clinical results. The results of the programme’s first 12 months were presented by participants at a function at Parliament yesterday.  

Nursing skills keep new hospice boss patient-focused
Craig Tamblyn also brings a business degree to the job, Elton Smallman reports.  It is the first month on the job for the new CEO of Hospice Waikato and he is settling in nicely to his new role in a new city.  

TDH launches new nurse-led flight service

Tairawhiti District Health has launched a new nurse-led flight service in conjunction with the Midland Regional Transport project.  

New Zealand Formulary launch

The New Zealand Formulary has been established to give health professionals a single place to find information about medicines.  

Suspected stroke 'went unnoticed'

A rest home has been found to have breached its code of care after a 93-year-old woman may have suffered a stroke that went unnoticed in the days leading up to her death.   

International media 

Marshall receives grant to deal with nurse shortage
July 18, 2012 · Marshall University is using a federal grant to address a growing nursing school professor shortage. Marshall is using the money to attract teachers to replace those who are expected to retire in the near future. 

University Launches Study Into Use Of Meditation To Reduce Stress Levels Of Trainee Nurses
University of Stirling researchers have secured funding to investigate the effectiveness of training student nurses in mindfulness to reduce stress levels 

Penn study examines link between nurse burnout, care

For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients.  

Nurses, PAs use health IT more than physicians
Ancillary providers, such as nurses and physician assistants, not only use EHRs and other digital technology significantly in their work, but they do so more than physicians, according to a new 
study by Manhattan Research.  

Alcohol specialist nurses 'pay for themselves many times over' (UK – registration, free, required)Calls for the expansion of alcohol specialist nurse services are growing in the wake of an influential report from MPs.  

Standardised bed chart 'could prevent hundreds of hospital deaths' (UK)
Royal College of Physicians says there are more than 100 types of chart monitoring patients' vital signs, leading to confusion  

Nurses 'crucial' to plan to save 6,000 lives with new bed chart (UK – registration, free, required)
A national system for recording vital signs and identifying deteriorating patients could save up to 6,000 lives a year, leading clinicians have claimed.  

Principles for Patient Engagement Released
July 23, 2012 - “Patient engagement” has become one of the buzz phrases associated with creating a more sustainable health care system, and aiming to guide nurses and other clinicians, the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) has released a list of guiding principles for delivering high-quality, patient-centered care.  

Offenders need integrated, on-going, mental health care, according to a new study examining healthcare received by offenders across the criminal justice system
Offenders with mental health problems need improved and on-going access to health care, according to the first study to systematically examine healthcare received by offenders across the criminal justice system. A new report from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth University and the Centre for Mental Health suggests that prison and community sentences offer the best opportunities to provide this. If improvements to mental health are to contribute to breaking the cycle of repeat offending, unemployment and ill-health, advantage should be taken of the new commissioning opportunities to develop innovative healthcare solutions.
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Public health 

Flu epidemic fears talked down

The head of the country's national influenza centre is downplaying concerns the country could be hit by a swine flu-like epidemic this winter.  

Flu strain sweeping NZ packs a big punch

Lowered immunity levels may be partly to blame for a flu sweeping the country.  

Get the flu jab, pleads widower

After watching his fit and healthy wife die within days of getting a tickle in her throat, Mark McIlroy is urging people to get vaccinated against the flu.  

Doctors swamped by flu jab requests

Wellington doctors have been flooded by requests for the flu vaccination following the death of a fit and healthy mother-of-two from influenza.  

From the Ministry of Health 

Proposal to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in New Zealand

The Government has agreed in principle to introduce a plain packaging regime for tobacco, subject to the outcome of a consultation process.The attached document sets out the Government's proposal and rationale for plain packaging.
Also part of this consultation process is the Regulatory Impact Statement which was prepared to inform the Government’s decision to undertake this consultation.
The consultation document sets out the Government's plain packaging proposal, gathers the views of interested individuals, businesses and organisations, informs New Zealand's trade partners and invites their comment, and seeks additional information relevant to the proposal.The consultation document is in seven parts.  

Cancer: Historical summary 1948–2009

This document contains summarised cancer information, detailing numbers and rates of new cancer registrations and cancer deaths by year and by sex. Only selected sites are shown.The registration data in this document reflects the data published in the Ministry of Health’s Cancer: New registrations and deaths  publication for that particular year, and does not reflect any subsequent updates made to the New Zealand Cancer Registry.Some Ministry publications contain more up-to-date cancer registration information, and therefore registration numbers in these publications will differ from those presented here.Information relating to cancer deaths is unlikely to change over time.The data in this document is sourced from the New Zealand Cancer Registry and the Ministry of Health’s Mortality Collection, as well as the Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths and Mortality and Demographic data publications, and Medical Statistics of New Zealand for data relating to 1948–1960.  

Cancer: New registrations and deaths 2009

This annual statistical publication collates and analyses data on primary malignant tumour cases diagnosed in New Zealand, as reported to the New Zealand Cancer Registry.The NZ Cancer Registry has operated since 1948 and is a population-based tumour register of all primary malignant disease. (Basal and squamous cancers arising in the skin are not required to be reported, except for those of the genitalia.)The major sources of new registrations are copies of laboratory reports, post-discharge reports from publicly funded hospitals, death certificates and autopsy reports, and discharge reports from private hospitals.The data collected includes information on the site, stage and pathology of the cancer, as well as demographic information (eg, ethnicity, age, sex, and domicile). The data is collected under the Cancer Registry Act 1993 and the Cancer Registry Regulations 1994.  

New publications 

A Flourishing Ōtautahi – Rebuilding Christchurch for Mental Health and Wellbeing
A new, forward-thinking publication from the Mental Health Foundation that looks at the opportunities ahead for communities in the greater Christchurch region following the earthquakes of 2010/11.With its focus on on positive mental health and wellbeing, it provides a unique lens through which we may view the future path we take in rebuilding the region.  

The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?
At least 5.6 million to 8 million--nearly one in five--older adults in America have one or more mental health and substance use conditions, which present unique challenges for their care. With the number of adults age 65 and older projected to soar from 40.3 million in 2010 to 72.1 million by 2030, the aging of America holds profound consequences for the nation.For decades, policymakers have been warned that the nation's health care workforce is ill-equipped to care for a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse population. In the specific disciplines of mental health and substance use, there have been similar warnings about serious workforce shortages, insufficient workforce diversity, and lack of basic competence and core knowledge in key areas.Following its 2008 report highlighting the urgency of expanding and strengthening the geriatric health care workforce, the IOM was asked by the Department of Health and Human Services to undertake a complementary study on the geriatric mental health and substance use workforce. The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands? assesses the needs of this population and the workforce that serves it. The breadth and magnitude of inadequate workforce training and personnel shortages have grown to such proportions, says the committee, that no single approach, nor a few isolated changes in disparate federal agencies or programs, can adequately address the issue. Overcoming these challenges will require focused and coordinated action by all.  

Conferences and seminars 

2013 ICN Congress
Equity and access to health care
Melbourne, Australia18-23 May 2013  
Instructions for the submission of abstracts

Australasia obesity conference, 18-20 October, Auckland
The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) will be holding their Annual Scientific Meeting at Auckland’s Rendezvous Hotel from 18-20 October 2012. This year’s Meeting theme is 'For Our Children’s Children.'The ANZOS Annual Scientific Meeting is designed to bring together clinicians, scientists, dieticians, researchers, psychologists, exercise physiologists, public health practitioners, guideline developers, students, educators, policy makers, administrators and patients to work toward an integrated approach to improve the management and prevention of obesity in Australasia.Delegates will have a chance to engage in our comprehensive three-day programme that will include a mix of renowned keynote speakers, informative sessions and workshops, and a gala dinner. Early bird registration for the meeting is available until 31 August. For more information and to register please go to  

As part of the meeting there will be a free public lecture on Thursday evening 18 October, 6 to 7pm.   The title is "For our children’s children: what is (y)our role".  Speakers include Professors  Barbara Rolls, Wayne Cutfield, Jim Mann, and Jacqueline Rowarth and the lecture will be chaired by Dame Jenny Shipley. Reserve your place  for the public lecture .  

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 31 Jul 2012 

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