News bulletin 29 August 2012

on 29 August

 Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 118,  Wednesday 29 August 2012

From NZ media this week 

Extra nurses to give 'personalised' service
Southland and Otago will get three cancer co-ordination nurses within the year as part of a nationwide scheme to provide a more personalised service to cancer patients. 

Dedicated nurses for Auckland cancer patients
“We are investing $16 million over four years so every district health board (DHB) will have at least one full time cancer coordination nurse,” says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Funding given for cancer nurse
Wanganui cancer patients will have a dedicated cancer co-ordination nurse to support them throughout their treatment.

Hand hygiene e-learning module launched in Tairawhiti
A new way of delivering the hand hygiene message has been launched in Tairawhiti with help from Bay of Plenty DHB this month, and Tairawhiti District Health's infection control nurse is excited about its potential.

Chapel holds special place for nurses
The next challenge for a damaged historic 85-year-old hospital chapel is for it to be strengthened to meet new safety standards. SALLY BLUNDELL reports.

Health Ministers and Union in full agreement over tobacco company lobbying
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation congratulates Health Ministers Tony Ryall and Tariana Turia on their firm stand on tobacco control in the face of British American Tobacco's (BAT) campaign to advertise and lobby against plain packaging of cigarettes which it claims is "an assault on intellectual property". 

Euthanasia already happening in hospitals - PM
Prime Minister John Key says euthanasia already happens in our hospitals - and if he was terminally ill, he would consider it. 

Palliative Care appalled by Key's euthanasia statement
Prime Minister John Key's statement that euthanasia already happens in the country's hospitals has appalled the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Care. 

The New Zealand Medical Workforce in 2011 - workforce survey results
The Medical Council of New Zealand today released The New Zealand Medical Workforce in 2011 survey results. 

Govt launches plan for vulnerable children
Schools will be asked to identify younger siblings who should be in early childhood education as part of a drive to identify vulnerable children. 

Lessons can be learnt from Every Child Counts - Unicef
Unicef say lessons can be learnt from the Netherlands study commissioned by Every Child Counts. 

Key rejects report as working poor struggle
When Tatupu and Venu Lam Sam's alarm goes off at 3.45am each weekday morning they dutifully haul themselves out of bed.They work up to 65 hours a week in split shifts, cleaning offices in central Wellington, and yet when a family member gets sick, affording the doctor's fee is a struggle. 

Give parents 'child payment' - poverty report
All parents should receive a 'child payment' for the first five years of a child's life, a new report says. 

Hikes in the cost of food next year
Food prices are set to rise next year as the effects of a severe drought in the United States drives up grain prices and other feed stocks, according to the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.

Overworked junior hospital staff jeopardise patient care
Patients' care is being compromised because junior hospital staff are being left with too much to do while senior staff are off duty, Waikato District Health Board research results have shown. 

Scheme attracts health workers
The Government's bonding scheme has seen another six health workers start, or indicate they will be taking up jobs, with the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) this year 

Less beds to revolutionise hosptials
An increasing number of patients are seeking treatment at Auckland hospital doors, but beds are running out and the Government purse has snapped firmly shut. 

Push for NZ to do mortality audit
Australian medical researchers say NZ should adopt a surgical mortality audit that is believed to have saved lives. 

Cannabis use damage differs with age: study
People who start using marijuana before the age of 18 and keep using it for years can cause lasting harm to their intelligence, attention and memory, new research has found. 

Drug testing of beneficiaries set to come into force from July
Drug testing of beneficiaries will come into force next year, with penalties for those who fail tests - including having to reimburse the cost of the test and having welfare payments stopped. 

International media 
Wristband vibrates to remind hospital staff to wash hands
Hyginex is a new hospital handwashing system that aims to ensure medical staff are keeping up with their hygiene regimens. 

Lifeline for unemployed nurses
Thousands of out-of-work nurses have been thrown a lifeline following the drafting of memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would see Zimbabwe export more than 2 000 nurses to other countries where their services are on demand. 

Shortage of nursing teachers looms for state Average age of W.Va. nursing professors is 55
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - For years, hospital administrators have braced for a shortage of nurses created by droves of retiring baby boomers 

Nation Needs to Address Nursing Educator Shortage, Yesterday
Last year, the first cohort of 79 million baby boomers entered the U.S. Medicare system, bringing with them chronic health problems and high health care expectations. Older Americans require far more health care services than their younger counterparts, making the current shortage of nurses critical 

Wichita’s nursing shortage over – for now
The decades-long nursing shortage in Wichita appears over – at least temporarily.
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Public health 

Third of Kiwis admit their drinking has harmed them
One in three New Zealanders have been harmed by their own alcohol drinking, a survey shows. 

Social media and websites of interest 

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September, 2012
September 10th, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Suicide Prevention Day: ten years of research, ten years of prevention, ten years of education and dissemination of information. The efforts of this decade are founded on research evidence that we can prevent suicide. Indeed, the most important aim of this initiative, organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), is raising awareness among the scientific community and the general population that suicide is preventable. Hence we must reduce the stigma and silence that still surrounds it.The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year is "Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope". Public health awareness and education campaigns have often focused on the role of risk factors in the development of suicidal behaviour. In order to increase effectiveness in preventing suicide we propose to direct our efforts not only towards reducing risk factors but also toward strengthening protective factors, with the aim of preventing vulnerability to suicide and strengthening people's resilience.

NEWSLETTER: Hand Hygiene NZ August newsletter
This issue highlights the achievements and challenges of the HHNZ programme, looks at the development of quality and safety markers for hand hygiene, examines the similarities and synergy between the Commission's three infection prevention and control programmes, and profiles this quarter's HHNZ award winners.

Articles of interest 

The cost of child health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand: A preliminary scoping study
Mills, C., Reid, P., & Vaithianathan, R. (2012). BMC Public Health, 12, 384.
This study aimed to develop a preliminary estimate of the economic cost of health inequities between Māori and non-Māori children in New Zealand.

Reports and publications online 

Nursing staff using personal mobile phones for work purposes (PDF 257.6 KB)
This RCN guidance addresses the issues in health and social care introduced by mobile phone use. 73 per cent of nurses and midwives now carry a mobile phone while a work and 80 per cent of those use their own mobile phone for work purposes. The guidance focuses on the RCN’s position on nursing staff using their own mobile phone for work-related purposes, drawing attention to issues such as: employer’s policy; security and confidentiality of patient information; staff safety; and cost 


The International Telecare & Telehealth Conference 2012
Telecare and Telehealth - Transforming Services, Enhancing Lives
12 - 14 NovemberHilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

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 28 August 2012
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