News bulletin 24 April

on 24 April

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 150, Wednesday 24 April  2013 

From NZ media this week 

Maori life expectancy improves, but gap remains
Maori life expectancy is rising faster than that of other New Zealanders, but still lags by seven years. 

NZFVC Issues Papers: Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting
Two new Issues Papers have been released today by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse.
Understanding connections and relationships:Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting reviews the evidence on the frequency with which intimate partner violence and child maltreatment co-occur. 

Plunket lends its support to World Immunisation Week
Plunket says World Immunisation Week, which kicks off on Monday, is a wonderful opportunity to promote the importance of immunisation to communities throughout New Zealand. 

Pre-school checkups reveal extreme obesity
A growing childhood problem
Extremely obese 4-year-olds are being identified in Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, but there are no specific health services to tackle the problem. 

College of GPs releases positions on tobacco, health equity and Pacific peoples' health
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has released position statements on tobacco, health equity and Pacific peoples’ health. 

New Zealand and Australia agree to jointly manage overseas immigration physicians
New Zealand and Australia have agreed to align the management of an offshore network of panel physicians to improve the quality of health examinations visa applicants receive. Panel physicians are doctors and radiologists who undertake immigration health examinations for visa applicants. 

More talk needed on suicide, not less
Lying on a hotel room floor in Hong Kong Mike King was waiting to die after trying to take his own life. But he says he was saved by his daughter ''astroplaning from New Zealand'' telling him to get up and come home 

DHB specific 

New dialysis unit for Porirua as failures up

A $4.9 million renal dialysis unit will be built at Kenepuru Hospital to keep up with the increase in patients suffering kidney failure. 

Five-step plan to reduce falls among patients

A new plan focusing on preventing patient falls has been welcomed by Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew during the month-long April Falls promotion. 

Hospital staff disciplined over eel case
Privacy-breach inquiry finds 49 health workers saw patient's results and files.  

Public health 

Warning issued after synthetic drugs cause kidney injuries
Public health officials are warning of the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids following three young adults suffering severe acute kidney injury this month after smoking the drugs. 

Synthetic drugs carry risk of kidney damage
The South Canterbury District Health Board doesn't know how to prevent synthetic cannabinoid use and its potential harm.

 NZ parents slow to immunise children
While the vast majority of New Zealanders are immunised, nearly 20 per cent of parents don't immunise their children on time, according to a new report. 

Whooping cough jabs for mum and dad protect baby
Whooping cough is an extremely contagious disease that is easily spread through everyday actions such as sneezing. Three out of four new-born babies with whooping cough have caught it from their mother or other close family members. However, whooping cough is easily prevented. 

Shocking rate of rheumatic fever requires comprehensive remedy
 The New Zealand Medical Journal has just reported on a study carried out in Northland revealing third-world rates of acute rheumatic fever amongst children. 

The epidemiology Of acute rheumatic fever in Northland
Today the New Zealand Medical Journal is publishing The epidemiology of acute rheumatic fever in Northland, 2002-2011co-authored by Northland District Health Boards Paediatrician Dr Roger Tuck and Medical Officer of Health Dr Clair Mills with Audrey Robin and Diana Lennon. 

More schools take up rheumatic fever fight
More than 12,000 extra school children have joined the government's programme to reduce rheumatic fever. 

Dementia cases could triple in NZ by 2050
Campaigners are calling for better understanding of dementia as new figures reveal the number of cases could triple in New Zealand by 2050. 

International media 

Nurses debate their role in firearm safety education

Francis Joseph "Joe" Desjardins, RN-BC, BSN, MEd, is director of nursing practice and education at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, N.H., a rural town where, he said, many consider guns as essential as household tools. He said the best way to prevent gun violence is not to ban assault weapons but rather to increase mental health services. "The core of the problem is not the weapon," he said. "It’s the individual who needs help and can’t get it." 

Joint Commission issues alert on 'alarm fatigue’

The constant beeping of alarms and an overabundance of information transmitted by medical devices such as ventilators, blood pressure monitors and electrocardiogram machines is creating "alarm fatigue" that puts hospital patients at serious risk, according a new alert from The Joint Commission. 

New resource to help people after a serious health incident

beyondblue and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association have released a new pamphlet to raise awareness about the increased mental health risks people face after a serious health issue has landed them in hospital. 

New research shows effective ways to communicate with men about “taking action” for depression and anxiety
beyondblue has conducted research into the best ways to communicate with men about getting help for depression and anxiety. 

Appraisals to include feedback from nursing colleagues and patients (Registration required)
Nurses are to be asked to give feedback about the performance of their colleagues and managers, under plans to introduce 360 degree appraisals.$NshWWRNu/hig3 

CNO to review safety of 12-hour shifts (Registration required)
The impact of 12 hour shifts on patients and staff is to be reviewed by NHS England as part of its plan to implement the chief nursing officer for England’s national nursing strategy. 

Home Is Where the Health Is: Obamacare Positions “Telehealth” Tech as a Remedy for Chronic Hospital Readmissions
Mobile devices, microchipped meds and digital health records are among the tools available to keep patients and clinicians connected during convalescence 

Articles of interest 

Interruptions during nurses' work: a state-of-the-science review.Hopkinson SG, Jennings BM. Res Nurs Health. 2013;36:38-53.Although recent research has focused on reducing interruptions during acute care nurses' work, this review found little evidence to support the notion that decreasing such interruptions would benefit patient outcomes. 

Increasing Cultural Competence in Nursing

As America’s patient base becomes increasingly multicultural, nurses must become more adept at addressing patients’ cultural, informational and linguistic needs along with improving patients’ access to care and preventive services. 

Manifesto for best practice (video – Youtube)
What will it take to help staff implement best practice in their workplaces? The editor of Mental Health Practice, Colin Parish, speaks to Henry Stewart, C.E.O of training company Happy Limited; Marion Janner, a service user who set up Star Wards, and Julian Corner, chief executive of the LankellyChase Foundation.

You can read the analysis article about this interview on the Mental Health Practice website 

Website of interest 

Welcome to the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse
The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse is the national centre for collating and disseminating information about domestic and family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.We provide information and resources for people working towards the elimination of family violence.The NZFVC is based at the School of Population Health, The University of Auckland. 

From the Ministry of Health 

Hazardous Drinking in 2011/12: Findings from the New Zealand Health Survey

This report presents key findings about alcohol use and hazardous drinking among adults aged 15 years and over. These results come from the 2011/12 New Zealand Health Survey.Hazardous drinking refers to an established drinking pattern that carries a risk of harming physical or mental health, or having harmful social effects to the drinker or others. It is defined as a score of 8 or more on the 10-question Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).Results are available by sex, age group, ethnic group and socioeconomic deprivation (NZDep). 

Living with Kidney Disease
Kidney disease is a serious, long-term medical condition that touches the lives of many New Zealanders, but to the average person it is a confusing and complex subject. It can be very frightening for a person to learn from their doctor that their kidneys have stopped working properly, and that they may soon need dialysis treatment and perhaps a kidney transplant.This document provides a source of authoritative, accurate information for New Zealand kidney disease patients and their families. 

Regional results from the 2011/12 New Zealand Health Survey
These data tables give regional estimates from the 2011/12 New Zealand Health Survey, and selected time trends from 2006/07.Results are available for:the four regions (Northern, Midland, Central, Southern) (adults and children)larger public health units (Auckland Regional Public Health, Health Waikato, Toi te Ora, Public Health MidCentral, Regional Public Health, Community and Public Health, Public Health Southern) (adults only)larger district health boards (Waitemata, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Capital & Coast, Canterbury, Southern) (adults only).Results are available by sex, age group and, in some cases, ethnic group. Results will become available for other Public Health Units and district Health Boards in future years, as more survey data is collected. National results from the 2011/12 New Zealand Health Survey are available in the reports 
The Health of New Zealand Adults 2011/12 and The Health of New Zealand Children 2011/12. 

Professional development 

Innovation in Nursing Practice: Are You Leading the Charge?
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Live Webinar Broadcast: 1:00 p.m. EDT, Noon CDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT Overview
Innovation in nursing practice harnesses processes, technologies and best practices to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. In addition, innovation in nursing practice can increase effectiveness, reduce stress, and provide more satisfaction for a nurse in her/his career.
 Today, innovation is often driven by the mix of applying technology and processes creatively to practice. Nurses have to channel continuously the information, initiative, and imagination necessary to support and sustain innovation.Participants will: Learn how to incorporate innovation into your nursing practice Learn how to facilitate and lead the innovation process in your organization Discuss specific innovations that are current driving patient outcomes Preview the latest innovative process & technology for use in the nursing profession 

Keep in mind this is American and the time difference applies but if you are interested in joining in then you can register at: 

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 24 April 2013 
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