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News bulletin 27 Marchon 27 March
Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 146, Wednesday 27 March 2013
From NZ media this week
$17m update for nurses school
Twenty-seven years after Whitireia Polytechnic student nurses began taking classes in prefabs, they have finally moved into a new purpose- built school.
Whanganui UCOL Nurses already on the job
This week’s Nursing Graduates from Whanganui UCOL have already been given top marks from health sector employers.
Katherine Corney: Now for my Master's
Katherine Corney will address EIT's graduation ceremony tomorrow when she is capped with her Bachelor of Nursing.
Nurses anxious at DHB restructure
Wairarapa and Hutt Valley nurses say they have been left feeling demoralised after changes to management made by chief executive Graham Dyer.
Want to see your medical records? Simply go online
Plunket baby records heading online
Lack of medical specialists poses safety threat - unionThe ongoing shortage of public hospital medical specialists could lead to an erosion of patient safety, says a group representing sector workers.
Naming of health workers raises fearsThe ruling allowing the public naming of four health workers in a fatal meningococcal case may have a "chilling effect" on reporting mistakes and undermine the safety of patients, says a health law professor.
Vulnerable children better protected by social workers in hospitals initiative
The National Government's decision to introduce Social Workers in Hospitals is making a difference by better protecting children says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
Brian Rudman: Health workers set bad example (opinion)
Every few months there's a report of an outbreak of some super bug or other in a hospital, and how everyone's down on their hands and knees, scrubbing the place with disinfectants.
Staff look for signs of family violence
Mobile surgery brings health to rural New Zealand
Elderly 'waiting too long for care'
Consumer council to advise district health board
More patient transfers
Free flu jabs for young kids with respiratory illnessesFree flu jabs will be available to children aged under five who have respiratory illnesses.
Doctors urge vaccination as 'killer' virus looms
octors are worried a killer flu that led to the death of 64 children in the United States will hit New Zealand's shores this winter.
Many midwives shun flu shots
Quakes spark increase in smoking in Canterbury
Accute Rheumatic Fever Alert For Panmure And Glen Innes
Health Star Pacific medical centre at 132 West Tamaki Road, boarder of Glen Innes and Eastbay and its clinic at 136 Queens Road, Panmure are on the alert for acute rheumatic fever
Compulsory beneficiary jabs axed
People caring for elderly relatives missing out - study
Tier 2 Immigrant nurses face jobs freeze in UK's National Health Service
Report: Nurses can curb noncommunicable diseases
New Care Delivery Models Expanding RN Opportunities
Nurse Shortage, NICU Infection Rates Linked
How to get ahead in ... nursing leadership
After the Mid Staffs hospital scandal, David Cameron called for a new style of leadership from nurses. Now a new development programme has been launched
Men are finding a career niche in nursing
A growing number of men are joining the ranks of nursing, finds a study that takes the pulse of a predominantly female profession.
Hospitals taking medical care to the homeless to cut ER visits
Articles of interest
Keeping electrolytes & fluids in balance: part 1
Nursing2013 Critical Care
Volume 6 Number 2
Pages 30 - 35
Critically ill patients are diverse in terms of illness, but many experience electrolyte abnormalities or fluid imbalances that can compromise their clinical status and adversely affect outcomes. These shifts in electrolytes and fluids-the "critical care shuffle"-can be attributed to an underlying chronic disease state, an acute condition that manifests during the course of the patient's hospitalization, or the administration of certain medications. Monitoring and carefully managing electrolytes and fluid balance is an integral part of assessing and caring for a critically ill patient. This series provides a general overview of the electrolytes tested and I.V. fluids used in critical care areas, as well as the common causes, signs and symptoms, and available treatments to correct electrolyte abnormalities and fluid imbalances. This article describes sodium and fluid imbalances. A later article will describe imbalances in potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Keeping electrolytes & fluids in balance, part 2
Nursing2013 Critical Care
Volume 6 Number 3
Pages 27 - 32
In our previous article, we described how sodium and fluid imbalances affect the clinical status and outcomes of critically ill patients. In this article, we'll look at three more electrolytes involved in the "critical care shuffle," and what you need to know to recognize and correct these electrolyte abnormalities.
From the Ministry of Health
The Health of Māori Adults and Children
The Health of Pacific Adults and Childrenhis brief paper presents key findings about the health and wellbeing of Pacific adults and children in 2011/12. These results come from the New Zealand Health Survey.
Reports and publications online
Caring for people with liver disease (PDF 4.7 MB)
Publication code: 004 376
Publication date: 12 February 2013
Abstract: Liver disease is emerging to become the fifth most common cause of death in the UK and its prevalence has risen year on year in recent times. Public awareness of liver disease needs to be raised, and nurses are key to its prevention. This competence framework describes the professional standards expected of practitioners when caring for people with liver disease - adults and young people - across England.
The management of diarrhoea in adults. RCN guidance for nursing staff (PDF 946.2 KB)
Publication date: 14 March 2013
Abstract: Diarrhoea is a common and debilitating condition. Patients often feel embarrassed and find their ability to lead normal active lives severely affected, which can result in isolation and depression for those with chronic conditions. The impact of managing diarrhoea, whether acute or chronic, can also be felt by all those supporting or caring for patients, including family, carers or members of the health care team. This guidance has been developed with patients and health care workers as a holistic document to recognise and support the management of acute diarrhoea in adult patients, regardless of the care setting. It can be used in its entirety, or for specific sections as required and may be useful in supporting the development of health care organisations, local policies and procedures and should be used to complement local policies on the management of diarrhoea.
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 27 March 2013
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