Bulletin Sept 22

on 22 September

From the New Zealand Media this Week

New health boss praised by Scottish nurses
New Zealand's new director-general of health Kevin Woods made a positive impact on the Scottish National Health Service, nurses there say.http://bit.ly/a8O2y9 

“Give New Health Boss a Fair Go”
“New Director-General of Health Dr Kevin Woods should be given a fair go and not dammed before his arrival,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

New Zealand Refugee Health Service Receives Award in Australia
A New Zealand refugee mental health service in Auckland has won a Trans-Tasman award at the TheMHS 2010 Conference in Sydney for achievement, innovation and excellence. The nominations came from mental health services throughout both Australia and New Zealand http://www.themhs.orghttp://bit.ly/a5N8hF 

Maori health plan launched

A pioneering Maori health group is taking another step into uncharted territory

Fono celebrates successful nutrition and activity programmes
15 September 2010 Improving nutrition and physical activity for Pacific youth – and sharing ideas about what works – is the aim of a one-day fono being held in Porirua tomorrow, 16 September.

Overseas nurse registrations up-in-air
A legal loophole has prompted the Nursing Council to slap a moratorium on all new applications for overseas nurse registration.

Nurse Awarded For Contribution To Maori Health
Wellington, Sept 15 NZPA - A 77-year-old former nurse's contribution to Maori health has been recognised by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).

NZNO awards top honours  

Former NZNO president and National Health Board member Marion Guy has been awarded NZNO’s top honour at this week’s national conference http://bit.ly/c1Rp09 

Canterbury hospitals suffered "several million" dollars worth of damage in the earthquake.

Concern that disabled people could suffer more in a disaster
Disabled people, elderly people – even children – are needlessly vulnerable and could suffer unnecessarily in a disaster because they are not ready to act in an emergency. Civil Defence may not be ready to support them, says Diversityworks Trust, which will host a workshop to help people plan to survive in the event of a disaster.

Good Level of Confidence in Aged Residential Care
The New Zealand public has a good level of confidence in residential care for the aged, the Association for Aged Care, the industry organisation for the aged residential care sector, said today.

It's spring-cleaning time at Palmerston North Hospital's Ward 26 as staff start reviewing what they do and where things are kept so they can cut the clutter and spend more time caring for patients

From international media sources

Health Care Expected To Help Fuel Job Growth Yet New Nurses Having Difficulties Finding Jobs
Orlando Sentinel: "Thousands more health-care workers, from doctors to nurses to physical therapists, will be needed in the coming decade in Florida and across the country to treat the increasing number of older Americans - particularly the enormous baby boom generation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care is expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs through 2018, more than any other industry and mainly because of the increasing number of elderly. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/200960.php 

Where’s the Shortage? New RNs Find Difficult Job Hunting
Despite a widely held belief that nursing was a “recession-proof” profession, new graduates in many areas of the country report difficulty finding jobs.

Training Program Addresses Nursing Shortage
Thanks to a three-year grant from the Promise of Nursing, more than 170 RNs from 10 hospitals in Brevard, Flagler and Volusia counties have completed a new online preceptor education program developed by Judith Ruland, RN, PhD, an associate professor at The University of Central Florida College of Nursing, according to a news release.

NVCI Internship Program Offers Edge to Nursing StudentsThe Nevada Cancer Institute recently launched the Plus One Program, a paid nursing internship initiative meant to equip nursing graduates with advanced training to give them an edge in today’s competitive nursing job market.

Leading Nursing Organizations Concur On Competencies Needed By Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently endorsed the "Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies," developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing , Washington, D.C., with The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists , Philadelphia.

Extra first aid training for student nurses
First aid and management of serious incidents such as road accidents is to be formally taught to trainee nurses, as new pre-registration standards are published.

Shortage Of Faculty And Resource Constraints Hinder Growth In U.S. Nursing Schools According To The Latest AACN Data
New data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) confirm that growth in U.S. schools of nursing is being restrained by a shortage of faculty, which is driven by a limited pool of doctorally-prepared nurses and noncompetitive faculty salaries. Based on data received from 556 schools of nursing in the U.S. with baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs (70.3% response rate), the nurse faculty vacancy rate in 2010 was 6.9%, up slightly from 6.6% in 2009. Almost all reported vacancies (92.6%) are for faculty positions requiring or preferring a doctoral degree in nursing or a related field.

IOM To Hold Briefing On Oct. 5: Ways Nursing Can Advance Health Care ImprovementsSince its inception in July 2009, the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine has worked to develop a blueprint for using nurse-led models of innovation to improve the health care system.

Public health 

Post Quake Safety - Make Every Sleep A Safe One For Your Baby
Following the Christchurch quakes, many babies will now be sleeping in makeshift beds away from their own homes. This means that some babies may be placed to sleep in dangerous places, such as on sofas or in a bed with other children or adults. Many parents will be tired as the aftershocks are preventing a good nights sleep. A parent who is very tired or has consumed alcohol before going to bed should never share a bed with therir baby. This is because they will sleep more heavily and will be less aware of the baby while they are asleep.This puts the baby at a high risk of being suffocated.


Dementia is emerging as the world's most serious health crisis with the number of Kiwis affected projected to triple in less than three decades.http://bit.ly/9wGz8e  

Articles of Interest

Nurse Leadership Cultivates Change in Hospital's Emergency DepartmentOver the past three years, the ED at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., has undergone a complete transformation. From restructuring the 140-person staff to renovating the ED, the Michael J. Daly Center for Emergency and Trauma Care has taken patient and staff satisfaction scores from the single digits to the 90th percentile.

Kids in the Emergency Department: Guidelines Stress Rapid Assessment and Intervention
Children and infants who end up in the ED often require specialized emergency care, yet, the majority of children in the U.S. are not cared for in a children’s hospital ED, according to Sally K. Snow, RN, BSN, CPEN, FAEN, the Emergency Nurses Association liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  http://bit.ly/avHe0A 

Hospitals Share How Nurses Change After Achieving Magnet
Magnet coordinators share how their nurses have changed since achieving Magnet status and how they have embraced transformational leadership, one of the five Forces of Magnetism. Here are their answers to the following two questions: http://news.nurse.com/article/20100913/NE01/109130051   

Online publications 

New resource from Te Pou available now online
Te Pou, the National Centre for Mental Health Workforce Development has just released the resource: Therapies for Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers: Best and Promising Practice Guide. http://bit.ly/9RoMGp 

Positive Practice Environments fact sheet
Fact sheet based on a review of current trends and issues related to the international migration of nurses, key considerations focusing on seven issues and strategic approaches are discussed to develop positive practice environments that influence long-term integration and retention of foreign-educated nurses.http://bit.ly/cJr3Kr  

The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth,  SNIPS.  It is current as at  Wednesday 22 September 2010.  Email stop4th@xtra.co.nz 

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