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News bulletin 29 Mayon 29 May
Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 154, Wednesday 22 May 2013
From NZ media this week
Northtec Students Gold and Silver At National Council of Māori Student Nurses Hui
NorthTec student nurses scored big at the recent annual National Council of Student Māori Nurses Hui in Nelson, with Kaitaia’s Caroline Snowden winning gold and Whangarei’s Aniwaniwa Mahanga taking out silver for their exemplar presentations.
District Nurses First to get Mobile Technology
Southern DHB has become the first to introduce mobile technology to District Nurses. Southland Hospital DistrictNurses in early May started using tablets and specialist Agility software to manage workflow, scheduling and have real-timeinformation about the patients they are visiting in the community.
Nurses' decision-making altered with management model
Infant bed-sharing increases death chance
Curative power of clowns prescribedAbout 20 clowns have been accepted into New Zealand's first academic programme to become fully qualified medical comedians.
Smoking used to 'reward' patientsPatients in closed mental health wards at Waitemata District Health Board are allowed out for cigarettes as a reward for good behaviour, a patient alleges.
Hospital smoking ban defendedThe two mental health patients appealing against a hospital-wide smoking ban had significant disorders which would make them irritable whether they were allowed to smoke or not, the High Court at Auckland has heard.
Paramedics under stressNew Zealanders receiving better health services"
New Zealanders are getting more checks for diabetes and heart disease, more help to quit smoking and more operations faster," says Health Minister Tony Ryall releasing the latest national health target results.
Waikato Hospital crackdown on non-emergency visits
Waikato Hospital ED visitors could soon be handed leaflets afterwards telling them why their visit didn't rate as an emergency
Improving patients' travel scrapped
Improving travel assistance for MidCentral District Health Board patients has been canned as it may create unrealistic expectations.
Listening is first step on path to improving health system
Listening to patients’ experiences to determine how to improve the health system is the aim of two consumer representatives on West Coast District Health Board’s Clinical Board.
Drug free scripts on rise in Bay (+poll)
The popularity of drug-free "green prescriptions" is rising in the Bay of Plenty with more than 2000 issued in the past 10 months.
Health Sector Managers can now benefit from Online Diploma paper
New operating theatre has latest technology
DHBs given hard word on cutting diagnostic test waiting times
Health Minister Tony Ryall has given district health boards the hard word on cutting waiting times for diagnostic tests.
Teens trying booze more likely to binge later - research
Whānau to Lead Change On Alcohol Policy In Auckland
Whānau and Māori communities are leading change to address alcohol harm in Auckland starting with an alcohol policy forum on Thursday 23rd May 2013. The forum will give attendees an insight into the Auckland alcohol policy. Community health worker, Hemi Tahuri, is keen to hear about how whānau, community members and organisations can work together to address alcohol harm issues. “I’m hoping the forum will provide a clear pathway on how we can support whānau and communities to have a say on Alcohol policies” says Mr Tahuri.
Preschools may get right to bar unvaccinated children
Pox party risks too high: Doctor
A Wairarapa medical expert is warning parents that deliberate exposure of youngsters to diseases like chickenpox poses serious health risks.
NZ running low on chickenpox vaccines
Push for legal-high regulation
'Legal, but it's not safe'
Ban Smoking In Public Places, UC Health Sciences Researcher Says
A University of Canterbury (UC) health sciences researcher has called for public places such as bus stops, train stations, ferry terminals, streets, urban centres and beaches to be declared smoke-free.
Council hears proposal to ban smoking
Courtenay Pl, Willis St and Lambton Quay could become the country's first smokefree streets under a proposal submitted to Wellington City Council this morning
NZ sniffle hygiene is slipping - survey
GLUTEN FREE MORE THAN A DIET FAD FOR THE UNDIAGNOSED
Coeliac Awareness Week – 26 May - 1 June
Going gluten-free is more than just a diet fad for coeliac disease sufferers, who have a permanent intolerance to gluten and can suffer long term health problems if not diagnosed.
What is 52? In New Zealand at least 52 people will die from asthma this year.
The Asthma Foundation has launched a hard-hitting campaign for Asthma Awareness Week and Balloon Day. “We want people to realise just how serious asthma can be,” said Angela Francis, chief executive of the Asthma Foundation.
Fat NZ: Crisis ahead
More children getting help to see
Child abuse crusade
Teresa O'Connor backgrounds a Nelson initiative aimed at helping people identify the neglect and abuse of children
Jump forecast in Kiwi gambling
PM: Food in schools is good, but welfare reform still
PM on child hunger plan: 'It's not just food'
Breakfast plans 'sadly necessary'
A national scheme to provide children's breakfast in schools is a sad but necessary policy, Christchurch principals say.
Nit kids get dosed with flea remedy
Frustrated parents have taken to treating their children's head lice with dangerous animal flea products.
Parents told to keep tabs as child sex on rise
Winter health fearsGeneration Y consumers and at-risk Wanganui women are struggling to stay warm, with constantly rising power prices.
Help for vulnerable new mothers
National suicide prevention plan launchedA new national suicide prevention plan will pump $25 million into a raft of initiatives, including support for small communities which lose major industries and more support for families of suicide victims.
Suicide prevention plan 'critically important' - PM
Prime Minister John Key says pouring resources into a $25 million suicide action plan is "critically important" to tackling New Zealand's high youth suicide rate.
Preventing depression in farmers
Rising pressures on farmers and alarming statistics that show depression is a real issue in rural communities has prompted rural organisations to get together to find solutions.
Australian Nursing Federation calls for state government action over hospital violence
NURSES have told of being beaten by patients and their relatives, and living in fear of threats they will be shot, as they increase calls for government action against hospital violence.
Singapore, New Zealand open doors for skilled workers, nurses
Calls for laws to enforce hospital needle safety equipment
It's estimated that each year around 18,000 hospital staffers are tested for diseases like HIV and hepatitis C after such injuries.
School Nurses Case Goes Before California Supreme Court
More Men Are Being Educated as Registered Nurses
Fall in NHS district nurses 'causing needless suffering'
The Royal College of Nursing says that a fall in the number of NHS district nurses of more than 40 per cent over the last decade is causing needless suffering for patients.
Forensic mental health staff trial aims to assist EDs
Nurses say no to violence
Nurse ‘Jackie’ has been threatened by patients, who have also threatened to hunt down her family.
Articles of interest
Evidence-based nursing: Finding the way to evidence-based practice
Volume 44 Number 5
Pages 15 - 19
Originating from Florence Nightingale's work, using evidence to determine the best patient care has been the ethos for nursing practice.1 Evidence-based practice (EBP) requires structures and processes "to evaluate existing nursing practice" and "translate new knowledge into nursing practice" for positive patient outcomes.2 This reflects Donabedian's quality improvement framework of structure, process, and outcomes.3 One essential structure for promoting effective EBP use by nurses is strong leadership.4,5 Positive beliefs and attitudes about EBP's value are an integral part of the nurse leaders skill set for advancing evidence-based care at the bedside.6-8
Implementing evidence into practice
Volume 43 Number 1 - Supplement: Lippincott's 2013 Nursing Career & Education Directory
Pages 4 - 6
THE PARADIGM OF HEALTHCARE as we know it is shifting. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, 30 million people who didn't have access to healthcare were suddenly eligible for healthcare services. Reimbursement for care has started to shift from volume-based, fee-for-service care to value-based care in which reimbursement is based on patient outcomes. Why is this? Simply put, the care we've been delivering costs too much and the quality isn't what it should be.
Enhancing Service Coordination Knowledge Through Professional DevelopmentInfants & Young Children - Featured Journal
Volume 26 Number 2
Pages 164 – 176
All eligible infants and toddlers who receive early intervention services under Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are entitled to service coordination. To examine the effectiveness of one state's service coordination training and its impact on knowledge and skill development, a pretest-posttest design with follow-up survey was employed. Thirty-nine service coordinators and other early intervention practitioners participated in the 2-day Kaleidoscope, New Perspectives in Service Coordination-Level I training. Participation in training resulted in significant increases in knowledge about service coordination practices. Survey respondents reported that they perceived the training to be useful and that their knowledge related to what they learned had improved. Respondents also indicated needs for further resources and training in providing effective service coordination to children and families. Implications for professional development in service coordination are discussed.
Impact of Healthy Work Environments on New Graduate Nurses’ Environmental Reality Shock
Do healthy work environments (HWEs) facilitate new graduate transition into professional practice in hospitals? Are such environments related to a decrease in Environmental Reality Shock? Experienced nurses in 17 Magnet hospitals completed the Essentials of Magnetism II (EOMII ) instrument that measures health of unit work environments. New graduates ( = 468) were then tracked with modified versions of the EOMII from immediate post hire to 4, 8, and 12 months post hire to ascertain degree of Environmental Reality Shock. New graduate nurses have extremely high anticipations of unit work environments that would enable delivery of quality patient care. HWE is the most-significant variable in Environmental Reality Shock, number of related Issues and Concerns, and perceptions of quality of patient care. Suggestions of how to improve quality of unit work environments are offered.
Professional development seminars
New and Emerging Drugs – Free Seminar / Webinar (Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australasia)
Wednesday 5th June10:00 – 11:00am
Over the last decade, a range of new psychoactive substances have been appearing around the world. Structurally similar to existing illegal drugs, but chemically altered to circumvent the law, these new drugs are creating a range of challenges for medical staff, treatment workers and policy-makers, especially in regards to their health effects and how to respond when adverse events occur.
This free Dovetail seminar / webinar will provide an overview of the history of these emerging drugs and an up-to-date overview of some of the products currently available inQueensland, including the most common synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones and hallucinogens. There will also be an opportunity to discuss ways that frontline medical, health and community services staff can respond to possible client presentations within a range of treatment settings.
How do I participate?
Via webinar through any computer with the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
To book your place in this free event, go to
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Websites and social media
painHEALTH - new website for chronic pain
PainHealth is a new website from WA Health, aimed at helping the estimated 700,000 Australians suffering from musculoskeletal pain such as low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The aim is to provide these sufferers with evidence based information on how best to manage their conditions. The site includes pain stories from people with chronic musculoskeltal pain, pain management training modules, links to various resources, pain self-checks and basic information about pain.
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 28 May 2013 If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email twitter: