News bulletin 24 October

on 24 October

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 126,  Wednesday 24 October 2012  

From NZ media this week 

Elderly care tool brought forward
Aged-care providers say they have not been given enough time or money to train nurses in how to use a new clinical assessment tool for the elderly that has been brought forward by a year.
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Fast track for aged clinical care assessments
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has accelerated the timeframe for the roll-out of a comprehensive clinical assessment tool in aged residential care to improve the quality of life and care of residents. 

DHB braces for shortage of midwives

Wairarapa could face a shortage of midwives early next year, as the DHB works through the options for cover as a result of several departing. 

Health for youth woes described

The Government has been accused of paying lip service to youth mental health issues after a Taranaki youth health centre closed and similar centres in Kapiti and Christchurch also appeared to be under threat. 

Suicide comments cause expert alarm

Mental health experts are alarmed that hundreds of people have backed an online opinion that says suicide should not be regarded as important as child abuse - because suicide victims choose to die. 

Merger fear as health boards pool resources
Wellington's three health boards will move to share services and management in a radical move described by some as a merger in disguise. 

Why many of us are avoiding GPs

Many people are deterred from seeking medical help because of the fees charged by general practitioners, a survey has found. 

DHB contrite after sending private records to Herald

Auckland District Health Board staff have blundered by sending a journalist an envelope filled with personal clinical and other medical information and are now apologising to the two people involved. 

Patient felt duped by virtual checkup

An under-pressure hospital department is using "virtual appointments" to diagnose patients by letter. 

Hospital friends help in a crisis

Doctors and nurses attend the clinical needs of patients who visit Taupo Hospital's emergency department, but who supports patients and their families while they wait for treatment? 

Student nurses get a head start
A trial unit at a community aged care facility is helping student nurses learn to look after elderly patients. 

Shake-up for capital's health boards
The Wellington region's three health boards will undergo major changes to gradually integrate - including sharing senior management and services 

Price hike for cigarettes
The cost of cigarettes will rise to more than $20 a pack over the next four years after Parliament passed the Government's Budget Day promise to the tax on tobacco. 

Prescription medicines in demand for illegal highs
Selling or forging prescriptions is a "major issue" in Canterbury, with morphine and Ritalin being most in demand on the black market, police say. 

Innovative programme speeds up patient recovery
Health Minister Tony Ryall says faster recovery for patients is just one benefit of a new programme being used by public hospitals across the country. 

Caring about Hand Hygiene Earns MidCentral DHB Top Spot in Video Competition
From bugs and busters, to singing, dancing, and cleverly designed Lego videos; competition was stiff between teams vying to win Hand Hygiene New Zealand’s (HHNZ) national hand hygiene video competition. 

International media 

NMC admits PREP 'not fit for purpose' (registration required)
Revalidation for nurses will not be introduced for at least three years, despite the head of the Nursing and Midwifery Council admitting current arrangements are “not fit for purpose”. 

The Reviews are in: Nurses Shine in New Documentary
Nurses came out in full force Oct. 11 for the world premiere of a feature-length documentary that highlights both the intellect and compassion of real nurses, and provides keen insight into their hearts and minds as they share their joyful and bittersweet moments meeting the needs of patients, from tiny babies to the remote-living Navajo elderly. 

Simple interventions can help mental health of ICU patients (registration required)
More than 50% of patients discharged from intensive care go on to suffer adverse psychological problems, according to UK researchers. 

'Whistleblowing' charter launched
A whistleblowing charter has been signed by health unions, employers and regulators, which pledges to support staff who raise concerns. 

St. John's works to prevent readmissions, emphasize quality over quantity 

California Hospitals Expanding Their Palliative Care Offerings To Improve Care, Reduce Costs
In a California Healthline Special Report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed how palliative care services are becoming more prevalent as California hospitals seek to improve patient care and lower costs. 

OFWs ask P-Noy to drop higher gov't fees
A migrant workers' sectoral group based in New Zealand on Monday called on President Benigno Aquino III to withdraw the implementation of Administrative Order no. 31, which effectively hikes all government fees. 

Pressure to heal
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a growing field of medicine now widely used in the treatment of chronic wounds. Linda Belardi reports on the world’s most advanced facility 

Nurses welcome training funding
The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) says federal government funding for new aged care teaching centres will assist in the development of urgently needed aged care workers across the country. 

Nurses take action over inadequate breaks
Nurses are taking Queensland Health to court amid claims they were not compensated for inadequate breaks between shifts. 

New nursing and midwifery research network launched
New South Wales is now home to a new nursing and midwifery research initiative. 

Germany looks to China for nursing support
Germany is facing a nursing shortage: 40,000 specialists are urgently needed now, and that figure is expected to jump to 110,000 in the foreseeable future. To make up the shortfall, Germany is looking to China. 

Nursing Workloads Multiply Likelihood of Death among Black Patients over White Patients
Older black patients are three times more likely than older white patients to suffer poorer outcomes after surgery, including death, when cared for by nurses with higher workloads, reports research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing 

Guidance on communicating with dementia patients (Registration required)
Guidance to help friends, relatives and carers overcome the stigma of communicating with people with dementia has been published by Bupa. 
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Public health 

Fat-fighting tactics include better labels

Gastric bypass surgery for teenagers may increasingly be needed, health experts warn. 

Kiwis losing their war on growing girth

Gastric bypass surgery for teenagers may increasingly be needed as New Zealanders lose the battle of the bulge, health experts warn. 

Depression, stress and anxiety in post-quake Christchurch
Increased alcohol consumption and significantly higher levels of depression, acute stress and anxiety have been linked to residents living in worst affected areas of the quake-hit Christchurch. 

Nurses in History

 Audio file – either listen online or download 
Maxine Alterio's historical novel 'Lives We Leave Behind' was inspired by the torpedoing of the British troopship Marquette by a German U-boat on 23 October 1915 - 10 New Zealand nurses were among the casualties. The book focuses on the work and experiences of kiwi nurses who served with the No. 1 Stationary Hospital in Egypt and France during the First World War.  

Article of interest

 A Perfect Storm: A Window of Opportunity for Revolution in Nurse Practitioner Education  [Editorial}   
Journal of Nursing Education
October 2012 - Volume 51 · Issue 10: 539-541

Teaching the Culture of Safety

Although a healthcare culture of safety has been a practice priority for many years, there has been less attention to incorporating culture of safety content into the education of healthcare professionals. Students need to become knowledgeable about system vulnerabilities and understand how knowledge, skills, and attitudes promoting utilization of safety science will lead to safer care for patients and families. Learning about both patient safety and system vulnerabilities needs to begin in pre-licensure programs and become an integral part of learning in all phases of nursing education and practice. In this article the author will begin by reviewing the essential elements of a culture of safety and consideringwhat students need to know about a culture of safety. She will describeactivities that promote safetyhigh reliability organizations, and external drivers of safety, and conclude by offering strategies for integrating a culture of safety into the curriculum.  

Role of Professional Organizations in Advocating for the Nursing Profession
Professional organizations and associations in nursing are critical for generating the energy, flow of ideas, and proactive work needed to maintain a healthy profession that advocates for the needs of its clients and nurses, and the trust of society. In this article the author discusses the characteristics of a profession, reviews the history of professional nursing organizations, and describes the advocacy activities of professional nursing organizations. Throughout, she explains how the three foundational documents of the nursing profession emphasize nursing advocacy by the professional organizations as outlined in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements. The author concludes by encouraging all nurses to engage in their professional organizations and associations, noting how these organizations contribute to the accountability and voice of the profession to society.  

New from the Ministry of Health 

Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm 2013/14 to 2015/16: Outcome of Consultation
SummaryOn 10 August 2012, the Ministry of Health released its Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm: Consultation Document. The document comprised a gambling harm needs assessment, the Ministry’s draft service plan for 2013/14 to 2015/16, and draft problem gambling levy rates for the three-year period.During the consultation period, general consultation meetings were held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin; Māori, Pacific, and Asian viewpoints meetings were held in Auckland; and two meetings were held in Wellington for the gambling industry.At the close of the consultation period, on 7 September 2012, the Ministry had received a total of 37 written submissions representing a range of groups and individuals. An external contractor, Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Limited, analysed the submissions and produced a report (available for download in the box above). This report and the submissions informed the Ministry’s final proposals

Online resources 

New Zealand Nephrology Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework

The New Zealand Nephrology Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework (NZNNKSF) published in this document describes the knowledge and skills required by nurses in order to practice in a specialty nephrology role. It will benefit nephrology patients, nurses and health providers by:§ion=8959 

Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency: A Guide For Hospitals.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 12-0041.
Research suggests that adverse events affect patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) more frequently, are often caused by communication problems, and are more likely to result in serious harm compared to those that affect English-speaking patients. This guide focuses on how hospitals can better identify, report, monitor, and prevent medical errors in patients with LEP.Prepared by: The Disparities Solutions Center, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA and Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA under Contract No. HHSA290200600011I.The authors of this guide are responsible for its content. The opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not reflect the official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Statements in the guide should not be construed as endorsement by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
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Conferences and professional development opportunities 

AFRICA BUILD 1st International Conference
Call for Abstracts & Posters - Deadline 3 November 2012
The Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp, Belgium), institutional member in the ISfTeH, announces the Call for Abstracts & Posters for AFRICA BUILD 1st International Conference. They invite you to submit your abstracts and participate in the Conference. 

AFRICA BUILD ( ) is a Coordination Action aiming to support and develop advanced Centres of Excellence in health care, education and research in the African countries, through Information Technologies. 

The first AFRICA BUILD conference will be held in Cairo on December 2nd, 2012, co-located with the Closing Event of the EU-Egypt Year of Science and Innovation 2012, organized by the "Research, Development, and Innovation Program (RDI)". It will provide showcases targeted at attracting and informing decision makers from industry, government, education and research organizations.

The topics of interest for this conference include but are not limited to:

• Biomedical Informatics tools for Health Research in Developing Countries
• e-Learning
• e-Health
• Collaborative platforms for virtual health research
• Mobile Technologies & Applications
• Sustainability of training and biomedical Web applications in developing countries
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For more information on the Call for Abstracts and Posters, see 

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 23 October 2012 
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