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News bulletin 20 Februaryon 20 February
Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 141, Wednesday 20 February 2013
From NZ media this week
YouTube video shows patient undergoing heart treatment
Government helping more patients with high health needs
"This year we are investing $50 million in the Care Plus programme - more than double what was spent in 2007," says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Suicides expose failings in mental health service
A young woman killed herself after being refused help by mental health workers who said their shift was nearly over.
Gore set for robots in patients' homes
A true bill of health - the real costsFrom conception to the first day at school, in theory it shouldn't cost anything to keep you and your children healthy. In theory. In reality hidden costs and surcharges undermine the promise of free health care.
Government response to issues in aged care patronising
Infant mortality at record low – Media release
The number of infant deaths and the infant mortality rate were at record lows in 2012, Statistics New Zealand said today. A total of 256 infant deaths (under one year of age) were registered in New Zealand during this period, down from 290 in 2011.
Project reduces infections in intensive care units
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed a report linking a national quality and safety project to a reduction in blood stream infections.
Day clinic saves 118 ward stays
Midwife 'should have reported feeling unwell'
CPIT Nursing study on earthquake response highly commended
National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, AKO Aotearoa has highly commended a study of CPIT staff responses to the February 2011 earthquake.
Prescription price rise hits vulnerable
Better care for Taranaki cancer patients
New NMDHB Chief Executive keen to 'get the balance right'
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board’s (NMDHB) new Chief Executive (CE) Chris Fleming is pleased to find strong partnerships in the district’s health sector and says the major challenge ahead is to maintain quality services within the funding available.
Media release: Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs forge closer relationship
Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs are forging closer relationships as they begin a process of creating one executive team across the two DHBs.
Waikato DHB Pushes for Partnership Across Disciplines
Clinic closed over 'witchcraft' fears
ED staff boosted, threat withdrawn
An ''intimidatory'' threat of disciplinary action against a Dunedin Hospital doctor has been dropped after months of negotiations with the Southern District Health Board, his union says
Queenstown may lose child mental health unit
Small Maori health group takes on lottery giant
A Waikato health organisation exposes a trend of targeting poor communities through Lotto, a relatively cheap,easily available and widely accessible form of gambling, despite attempts to discredit the information.
Poor Kiwis left behind, says Salvation Army
Poverty hits home, children first victims
Toddlers sick in damp, mouldy home
A 22-month-old toddler living in a cold and damp Christchurch state house had to be taken to hospital three times in one year for bronchiolitis.
Dragons to help address child health equity in New Zealand
It may not be trying to find investors for the latest app or the newest mousetrap, but Martin Marshall is convinced the Dragons’ Den format is just as useful for academics looking to ‘sell’ their ideas.
Well Health supports calls for health services that everyone can access
Tobacco plain packaging to be introduced
Plain packaging must wait till wrangles pass
Progress on efforts to prevent rheumatic fever
The Government is stepping up its efforts to reduce rheumatic fever - and there are early signs of progress, says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Bay in frontline of war on feared disease
Hawke's Bay children on the rheumatic fever "at risk" list will be part of a national Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme, which will take in about 50,000 young people.
Campaign to raise awareness about dementia
Lazy living costs '$1 billion a year'
Voltaren risks too high, say researchers
Start obesity fight by age 4: study
Free contraception for young to go
Exercise still the best medicine – green prescriptions increase
Study backs ban on car smoking
More than 100,000 New Zealand children a week are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars.
Stirling University to lead UK's largest patient care study
Campaign to boost nurse numbers
Move to National Electronic Health Records Potentially Risky for LGBT Patients
Battle brews in Minn. over hospital nurse staffing
Articles of interest
Nurses’ competence in genetics: a mixed method systematic review
Aim. To ascertain the extent to which nurses are achieving the core competencesin genetics appropriate for nursing practice.Background. There is an increasing focus on genetics in nursing, and relevantcore competences have been developed. However, it is unclear whether nurses areachieving these competences.
Nurses as value analysis facilitators
The Legal and Ethical Implications of Social Media in the Emergency Department
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal - Featured Journal
Volume 35 Number 1
Pages 53 - 56Social media is a growing and popular means of communication. It is understandable that health care providers may not share identifying information on patients through these sources. Challenges arise when patients and family members wish to record the care provided in the emergency department. The health care provider may be faced with an ethical and possibly legal dilemma when social media is present in the emergency department. This article seeks to discuss the legal and ethical principles surrounding social media in the emergency department
From the Editors: Achieving Prescriptive Authority for Clinical Nurse SpecialistsAdvanced Emergency Nursing Journal - Featured Journal
Volume 35 Number 1
Pages 1 - 2Oregon's board of nursing certainly shows no fear in breaking new ground. Faced with the passage of state legislation, Oregon's board of nursing stepped up to the plate to deal with the nuts and bolts of adopting a model of prescriptive authority for the clinical nurse specialists. Oregon's new legislation, propelled by the APRN Consensus Model's provision for autonomous prescriptive privilege for all four APRN roles-clinical nurse specialist (CNS), nurse practitioner (NP), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), and nurse midwife (CNM), sets the stage for a new chapter in health care
Diversity and Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Systems Approach
Janice L. Dreachslin, M. Jean Gilbert, Beverly Malone
December 2012 Written by three nationally known scholars and experts, Diversity and Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Systems Approach is designed to provide upper division and graduate level health care students and professionals with a clear understanding of recent philosophies and processes undergirding diversity management, inclusion, and culturally competent care delivery as seen through the lens of current health care policy and practice. The textbook integrates strategic diversity management, self-reflective leadership and the personal change process, with culturally and linguistically appropriate care into a cohesive systems-oriented approach for health care professionals.
Website of interest
MAKING PATIENT SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY
Primary Mental Health Care: Working Together for a better future 15th -16th March 2013, Canberra
Collaborative practice in primary care involves the communication, sharing, and problem solving between nurses, doctors and the multi-disciplinary team as peers. This pattern of practice also implies a shared responsibility and accountability for patient care.Partnership, team work, and cooperation are all essential to ensure effective collaboration. Nurses have long held a role of collaborator and coordinator within the multi-disciplinary team, reforms in primary health care will require us to strengthen and promote good collaborative practice.At this conference participants will be working together to explore the barriers and enablers to effective collaborative practice. There will be presentations that look at therapeutic interventions, case studies of collaborations, primary mental health reforms and the role of the mental health nurse in the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program.Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March 2013, Rydges Lakeside Canberra
Health Services and Policy Research Conference, 2-4 December, Wellington
Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) has announced its next biennialDoing better with less: enhancing health system performance in difficult times', will be held in Wellington, New Zealand in December 2013. The call for abstracts will open in April. More details.
New from the RCN
Publication code: 004350
Publication date: 12 November 2012
Abstract:This competence framework has been revised and updated by ophthalmic nurses who are keen to share their knowledge and expertise with other colleagues within the specialty. It should provide the busy ophthalmic nurse with a structured framework against which they can map their own competences, plus help integrate them into a professional portfolio to show growth and development (both personally and professionally).This competence framework will work across a variety of ophthalmic care settings. Novartis UK Limited provided an educational grant to support this publication, but had no influence over the content. Kindly sponsored by SD Healthcare Ltd.
A shift in the right direction: RCN guidance (PDF 728.0 KB)
Publication code: 004 285
Publication date: 4 October 2012
Abstract:The reality of 24-hour health care delivery means many health care workers are required to work shifts. The health and safety impacts of shift work are widely recognised. Long hours, fatigue and lack of rest breaks or time to recuperate between shifts are associated with an increased risk of errors. In addition, long-term exposure to shift work, particularly night shifts, has been associated with a whole range of health issues for workers ranging from gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular problems and an increased susceptibility to minor illnesses such as colds. This publication is primarily aimed at RCN safety representatives to assist them in their work with employers to protect members and patients from the negative impacts of shift working. It is also a useful resource for health care managers or specialist advisers responsible for managing shift systems or supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of health care workers. Ideally, this publication should be read in conjunction with the RCN’s Spinning plates, guidance on flexible working. There are two versions of A shift in the right direction available, full length version, publication code 004 285 and short version, publication code 004 286.
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 Wednesday 20 February 2013
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