News bulletin 19 September

on 19 September

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No. 121, Wednesday 19 September 2012 

From NZ media this week 

Bupa first aged care provider to achieve Nursing Council approval

Bupa Care Services (Bupa) is the first aged care provider in New Zealand to have a council approved Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP). 

Sonia Gamblen confirmed as Director of Nursing at Tairawhiti District Health
Tairawhiti District Health chief executive Jim Green said today he was delighted to formally announce Sonia Gamblen as the DHB's Director of Nursing.

Free health clinic busy

An iwi health organisation says nurses are seeing up to 20 patients per session at a free health clinic at a school in Whangarei. 

Quakes Can't Shake Nurses' Resolve

The earthquakes that hit New Zealand's south island during 2011 reduced many of Christchurch's vital healthcare services to rubble, or their offices were declared no-go zones. 

Fast food gets grilling at diabetes seminar
Sedentary lifestyles were a contributing factor, but what people ate played a big part, Gabrielle Jenkin, of Otago University's public health department, told the Diabetes Nurse Specialist Symposium in Wellington yesterday 

Diabetes nurse specialist symposium
Health Minister Tony Ryall says "It is a pleasure for me to join you today here in Wellington for your 20th national diabetes nurse specialist symposium". 

Security boosted for hospital staff

A new law will protect emergency workersWaikato Hospital staff continue to face aggressive and abusive patients and visitors despite boosting security. 

Law shields frontline staff
Attacks on emergency personnel now aggravating factor when judges sentence offendersPeople who lash out at emergency service staff will be treated more harshly by judges, after a law change being welcomed by police, firefighters and ambulance officers. 

Elder abuse a 'hidden crime'
A police officer with more than 45 years in law enforcement says elder abuse is a hidden crime.Senior Constable Sonya Sloan of Kapiti police is retiring at the end of the month after stints as a traffic officer, with the Transport Ministry and 10 years in the police.

Death-rate figures reveal best, worst of our hospitals

Information Act used to obtain data showing hundreds of lives could be saved each year. 

Patients needing home help 'sacrificed' in cuts

Sick patients needing home help are feeling the effects of cost-cutting, says a Paraparaumu woman whose hours were cut despite her condition worsening. 

Health management jobs cut in revamp

The Southern District Health Board yesterday confirmed it had reduced management roles and plans another round of restructuring for February. 

Reduced management presence concerns nurses
In a "disappointing" decision by Southern District Health Board, nurses in senior management will be reduced from nine to five, New Zealand Nurses Organisation organiser Lorraine Lobb says. 

No checks raises learning risk
Children are missing out on vital health checks because they are no longer screened at early childhood centres, say educators and social workers. 

Women’s suffrage day shines light on an important women’s health issue

‘Getting Health off the Scales: moving women’s health beyond weight obsessed culture’ is the theme of this year’s Women’s Health Action Women’s Suffrage Breakfast. The breakfast is held annually to commemorate New Zealand being the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote on the 19th of September 1893. Suffrage Day is a day to remember and celebrate those who fought all around the world for women to secure the right to vote, and to continue the work of New Zealand’s suffragettes in building the equitable society they always imagined.  

International media 

Nurses struggle to implement evidence-based practice

A new national survey of more than 1,000 RNs suggests that resistance from nursing leaders and other barriers prevent nurses from implementing evidence-based practices that improve patient outcomes. 

Aging Baby Boomers Face Losing Care as Filipinos Go Home

Stephanie Chan spent four years at Manila Doctors College qualifying to work as a nurse overseas. She never left the country. Instead, she switched careers and now earns almost as much monitoring people’s finances. 

Nurse practitioners want more freedom in health care
CHARLESTON — Eleven years ago Tuesday, the worst foreign attack ever on American soil altered many lives forever, and one such changed life was that of Toni DiChiacchio. …… “I went to nursing school and the rest is history.” 

Lawmakers hear nursing, physician debate over scope of practice

CHARLESTON -As major changes to the country's health care system approach, nearly everybody in the health care field is trying to brace for the impact. 

Beacon trial reduced readmissions of heart patients to 3% using home video conferences
A nurse version of Max Headroom was the key to reducing hospital readmissions to 3 percent among some of the sickest patients in Indianapolis. 

ACOs offer new avenues for RNs (USA)
With healthcare costs spiraling higher, the federal government aims to create more efficient care delivery while improving quality through Accountable Care Organizations. 

Nurses Union Challenges Englewood Hospital's Staffing Strategy (USA)
Union officials say while Englewood downsizes, other hospitals in the state are hiring 

Nursing Schools Explore Their Creative Side
September 13, 2012 - To meet the needs of a growing population with increasingly complex health care needs, the nursing workforce of the future will need to be prepared…for almost anything. They must be able to communicate effectively, work well with others, stay abreast of the latest technology and be familiar with the most up-to-date clinical information. 

Public health 

Healthy Hearts Study – Screening for Rheumatic Heart Disease in Year 7 & 8 children in Porirua
The health of children is a major priority for this DHB, and by working with our colleagues at Starship Hospital, we’re making sure children in the Porirua area have the best opportunities for good health with initiatives like the Healthy Hearts Study. The Healthy Hearts Study is run by a team of medical professionals from Capital and Coast District Health Board and Starship Hospital, working together to help children who have developed rheumatic heart disease. 

Alcohol Drug Helpline Launches New Youth Service

The Alcohol Drug Helpline has launched a new youth service offering young people a safe and easily accessible way to talk about their alcohol and other drug use. 

Welfare reforms target kids' education, health

Parents face having their benefits slashed in half if they don't send their children to school or early childhood education centres and enrol them with a doctor.

Work and management 

Listen to your nurses! Improving work environments

Nursing Management:September 2012 - Volume 43 - Issue 9 - p 50–53A Magnet®-recognized, 400-bed academic medical center in Colorado identified a need to improve the practice environment and areas influencing nurse job satisfaction based on annual RN satisfaction survey results from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI® 

The recipe for success? Invest in your team

Nursing Management:September 2012 - Volume 43 - Issue 9 - p 46–48
Containing costs while promoting quality care can be complex. Rise to the challenge! 

Article of interest 

Can Good Nursing Care Be Scripted
Scripting what nurses say to patients has become a hotly debated issue. It seems to have both pros and cons: on one side, it is seen as a way to improve safety and patient satisfaction scores, while on the other, it has brought about a rallying cry for nurses hoping to maintain their ability to sincerely connect with patients. 

New publications 

2012 Nurses Guide to Infusion Coding and Documentation
A direct, timesaving pathway to the correct CPT codes
Nurses who provide infusion services work under tremendous pressure. Besides their clinical responsibilities, they are expected to identify or enter procedure codes for the billing of services. This is no easy task given the complex and often confusing official guidelines for code assignments and coding hierarchies. By customer request, MedLearn Publishing has created a quick-reference handbook tailored to the needs of nurses that addresses coding for outpatient infusion services in the hospital setting.

Covers coding and documentation specific to outpatient hydration, drug therapy and chemotherapy services (infusions, injections and pushes) provided in the hospital setting
Presents CPT codes, along with definitions, in clear, concise language, organized for quick navigation
At-a-glance charts summarize codes and their descriptions, as well as listing the APC rate for each code
Explains coding hierarchies, as outlined by the AMA, for the primary service, secondary/sequential services and other services or additional hours of service
Documentation essentials to drive accurate charging and coding, while supporting medical necessity 

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 18 September 2012 
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