News bulletin 12 September

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No. 120,  Wednesday 12 September 2012

From NZ media this week 

Nurse, Pacific style

Tonga's first male nurse admits he studied nursing for the "wrong reasons", but is now encouraging other Pacific Island students to choose the vocation he eventually fell in love with. 

Leading by example wins nurse award
Heather wanted to be a nurse at the age of 3 and went on to pioneer the role of surgeon's assistant at Wairau 

A new Code of Conduct for New Zealand nurses

A new Code of Conduct recently released by the Nursing Council gives explicit direction to nurses about the professional conduct that is expected of them. It also acts as a resource for the public providing information about what can be expected from a nurse. 

Nurses warned pay fight looms

Nurses should be prepared to fight for higher wages in 2015, says a retired union organiser.Jackie McGrath, one of the New Zealand Nurses' Organisation longest serving organisers, has retired after 25 years. 

Waiariki review findings released

A review into the Waiariki Institute of Technology (Waiariki)'s Bachelor of Nursing pathway for internationally-registered nurses has been completed and resolutions for affected students found. 

Nurse enrolment programme flawed
UCOL’s processes for enrolling overseas-trained nurses into its nursing programme were flawed, the NZ Qualifications Authority has found. 

Waiariki 'must improve its processes'
Bad enrolment processes by Waiariki Institute of Technology are in part to blame for a predicament which has seen international nursing students battling to gain their nursing registrations. 

Indian nurses update (video)
An update on the Indian nurses who came to New Zealand to study and found they couldn't work here 

Ryall's hardline sets hospital chiefs $700m savings target
Health Minister Tony Ryall threatened to use special legal powers to force hospital bosses to do his bidding if they did not support a project to save $700 million. The…

Christchurch hospital revamp biggest ever

The redevelopment of Christchurch's Burwood Hospital will be fast-tracked as part of the largest hospital build in the history of New Zealand's public health service, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. 

Ian McPherson: Smarter use of our healthcare dollar a priority
It is becoming a concern that healthcare seems to be given "leave" every time economic sustainability is discussed. 

SDHB members may do ward time

New Southern District Health Board members have been told they may need to spend time on the wards with staff to learn about the reality of the health sector. 

Call for stronger support for victims of pathology errors
A nationally consistent process for supporting patients seriously affected by pathology errors is one of a number of recommendations made after five women had unnecessary surgery because of mistakes in reporting pathology results. 

International media 

Midwives, nurses can safely perform abortions

Reuters Health) - Abortions are just as safe when performed by trained nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants as when doctors do them, a new review of the evidence suggests. 

Nurses of different ages must 'respect' each other
The mix of ages within the nursing workforce can increase high stress levels and harm patient care in the process, German researchers claim 

Outback medical jobs in good health

A lack of staff in the last decade compelled the Federal Government to double the places in medical schools to about 3000. The result is a short term over-supply of junior doctors. It's the same with junior nurses. Further out the picture isn't so rosy: while the supply of doctors is headed for balance, Australia will be short of 110,000 nurses by 2025. 

Nurse Leader Resistance Perceived as a Barrier to High-Quality, Evidence-Based Patient Care
A new national survey of more than 1,000 registered nurses suggests that serious barriers - including resistance from nursing leaders - prevent nurses from implementing evidence-based practices that improve patient outcomes. 

Pacific health professionals explore the gap in mental health understanding
A study published in March this year found big differences in mental illness rates between Pacific island youth born in New Zealand, and young Pacific migrants. 

NHS pay cuts will lead to exodus of health workers, say nurses
Royal College of Nursing speaks out against local pay bargaining for hospital staff in south-west England  

Public health 

Five diagnosed with meningococcal disease

Five people in Auckland have been diagnosed with potentially fatal meningococcal disease in the past week. 

The Meningitis Foundation NZ
Meningitis can often result in tragic death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage or other neurological disabilities. Sadly, those most affected include infants, adolescents and young adults. 

Arthritis puts pressure on health system
One in four people suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, such as arthritis, which cost the country more than $5.5 billion each year, a new report says. 

'Boost needed' in fight against hepatitis  
Doctors want boosted efforts to combat hepatitis in a bid to counter a jump in the number of liver cancer sufferers. 

Fever fighter gets award

Dedication to helping prevent rheumatic fever in Northland and around the country has earned a Kaeo woman a national health award. 

Dementia care in spotlight

Dementia care is getting special treatment from the South Canterbury District Health Board following predictions the number of cases will double in the next 20 years. 

Suicide code of silence major NZ problem

Allowing suicides to go under the radar continues to be a problem for suicide prevention in New Zealand, says a Taranaki mental health advocate. 

Key in poverty 'la la land'
Organisations working with the poor and opposition parties say Prime Minister John Key is in ''la la land'' if he thinks fruit is enough to get a hungry child through a school day. 

Child poverty costing NZ $10 billion a year - expert

Child poverty costs New Zealand as much as $10 billion a year and three-quarters of that cost is avoidable, a public health conference in Wellington has been told. 

Earthquake stress 'affects life prospects of the elderly'

Two years of earthquakes and insurance wrangles have led to the early deaths of some of Christchurch's elderly, a welfare leader says. 

Safe staffing

 This month, the Perspectives on Safety section explores the topic of nurse staffing and patient safety. We speak with Jack Needleman, PhD, of the UCLA School of Public Health, an expert on how the nursing workforce influences health outcomes. In addition to reading the interview, you can listen to an excerpt online or download a podcast. In the accompanying perspective piece, Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, describes federal initiatives aimed at preparing the nursing workforce needed to match future demand and navigate changes vital to improving health care. 

Source:  Agency for healthcare research and quality 

New MoH publications 

2012 Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003: A discussion document
This publication is about a review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act).The main purpose of the HPCA Act is to protect the health and safety of the public. The review will look at how HPCA Act is functioning within the wider health system and how it (or the broader regulatory environment) could be improved. International trends in health occupational regulation point to a strengthening of consumer protection, standardisation of legislation and the design of institutions, and improving the performance of regulatory authorities and considering these trends will form part of the review.

The scope of this review has been agreed by Cabinet and will ensure the Act retains the ability to safeguard health practitioners’ competence; but in a way that supports the delivery of the workforce required both now and for the future.
The Review will assess how:the Act supports the delivery of the workforce required both now and for the futurethe pastoral care of the health and welfare of health professionals to support the sustainability of the workforce can be improveda robust data collection system to inform sector intelligence and planning can be developedthe Act can work effectively within the wider health environment and whether the purpose of the Act remains fit for purposethe health occupational regulatory settings can be improvedthe Act can provide optimal levels and types of regulation for the next five to ten yearsthe operational functioning of the Act can be improved.The discussion document has  a focus on four principles to guide the review. 

Pathology review panel report released
A national panel of experts have reviewed the five biopsy errors which occurred in the past two years and reported back to the Ministry of Health with a range of recommendations for improvements. 

Report on the Provision and Funding of Specialist Behaviour Support Services
This report provides a stocktake and gap analysis of current disability Behaviour Support Services (BSS), including data from interviews with current service providers and their clients. 

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 11 September 2012 
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