Bulletin 13 October 2010

on 14 October

 From the NZ media this week
For Bulls Medical Centre nurse Julie Ellery, this week marks 30 years taking care of the Bulls and districts community.http://bit.ly/bJB1WM 

Doctor aides raise worries over care, says institute
An influential medical group has expressed concerns about patients' safety in a trial of employing "physician assistants" to do some of the work of doctorshttp://bit.ly/9HpjkA

 EIT Head of Nursing Awarded Fulbright New Zealand Scholarship
Eastern Institute of Technology Head of Nursing Rachael Vernon is excited to have received a prestigious Fulbright New Zealand Senior Scholar Award to undertake research in the USA.http://bit.ly/cqPnax 

Push for community care for dementia epidemic
While Health Minister Tony Ryall’s comments last week about being unprepared for dementia are a step in the right direction, emphasis on supporting at-home carers as well as the residential care sector is necessary to cope with the dementia epidemic. http://bit.ly/c2TZcd 

10 Things to Know About Palliative Care in New Zealand
The Palliative Care Council is challenging Kiwis to get to know 10 key facts about palliative care as a way of marking World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday 9 October.http://bit.ly/blL13b

 New Health Literacy Website launched
1,621,000 adult New Zealanders have poor health literacy skills (Kōrero Mārama, 2010). That means 56% of adult New Zealanders have difficulty obtaining and understanding health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Medical clinics are so desperate to plug their doctor shortages that they are paying thousands to advertise overseashttp://bit.ly/9eajhI 

 From international media sources 
New Law Opens Door For California State University Nursing Schools To Offer The Doctor Of Nursing Practice Degree
On Tuesday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill 867, which permits the California State University (CSU) system to launch a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Pilot Program. Previously in the state of California, only schools affiliated with the University of California (UC) system were permitted to offer doctoral degrees in nursing.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203218.php 

Nurse-led projects most effective in cutting admissions
Nurse led projects were among the most effective in preventing older peoples’ emergency hospital admissions, research reveals.http://www.nursingtimes.net/5019964.article?referrer=e26 

Health Care Reform And Increased Patient Needs Require Transformation Of Nursing Profession
Nurses' roles, responsibilities, and education should change significantly to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform and to advance improvements in America's increasingly complex health...http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203516.php 

New Studies Suggest That Depression And Distress Is Not Detected In The Majority Of Patients Seen By Nurses
New research from the University of Leicester reveals that nursing staff have 'considerable difficulty' detecting depression and distress in patients. Two new research studies led by Dr Alex Mitchell, consultant in...http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203400.php 

Nurses back COPD telehealth trial
A new telehealth device is being tested by community matrons in Preston with people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.http://www.nursingtimes.net/5020183.article?referrer=e1 

AMA: Nurses aren't our equals
The American Medical Association was swift to respond to yesterday's Institute of Medicine report that called for nurses to take on a larger, more independent role in transforming healthcare in America. By 2 p.m., it had shot out a board member's response to media outlets. Its main message: Nurses are not equal to physicians. Besides reinforcing the importance of a physician-led team approach, the statement underlined the difference in education and training between nurses and physicians.

Healing the rift between nurses and doctors
I recently heard a Yale-trained advanced practice nurse discuss the human connection in healing and how critical cultivating a relationship is to best position a patient to achieve a health goal. She shared best practices and offered strategies to avoid typical pitfalls that lead to what clinicians call "patient non-compliance."

IOM: Nurses Can Take Bigger Role In Medical Care
Nurses could take a bigger role and more responsibility in medical care - a move that could lower costs and stave off a physician shortage - without putting patients at risk, Reuters/Yahoo reports.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203836.php  

Should nurses' scope of practice be expanded?
The way nurses work in America needs to change to meet the rising demand for care, according to a report released today by the Institute of Medicine.http://bit.ly/9YzOij 

AACN Applauds The New Institute Of Medicine Report Calling For Transformational Change In Nursing Education And Practice
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) applauds the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their visionary report on the Future of the Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which includes among its recommendations removing regulatory barriers to nursing practice, raising the education level of the nursing workforce, enhancing nursing's leadership role in healthcare redesign, and strengthening data collection efforts.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203734.php  

ACNM Commends IOM Report On The Future Of Nursing
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) commends the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their report on the "Future of the Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," which was released earlier this week.

Nurses 'told to work shift for free
Theatre nurses in Aberdeen are angry at at cost-cutting proposals that could see them effectively work an extra shift each month for free in order to try and save a Scottish health board £385,000 a year.http://www.nursingtimes.net/5020323.article?referrer=e18 

NHS should employ more third world health workers,
Tory conference told
Trusts should be encouraged to take on more health workers from developing countries by paying them extra cash, a Tory MP has arguedhttp://bit.ly/aNYpQB 

John Hunter Hospital rules tie up ambos
A SAFETY crackdown by nurses at John Hunter Hospital has resulted in increased backlogs for paramedics forced to babysit patients for hours in loading areas and corridorshttp://bit.ly/9Y4SMs  

Public health 
1000 pregnant woman sought for sleep study
A Massey University research team needs 1000 pregnant woman to take part in a sleep study. http://bit.ly/dl1RuF 

Rising Bed Bug Problem in New Zealand
New Zealand is among those countries experiencing a rapid rise in bed bug infestations. There have been high profile outbreaks in other countries. New York has been battling bed bugs in major retail stores, theatres and on public transport. The recently released National Pest Management Association and University of Kentucky survey of 1000 pest control companies worldwide suggests “that we are on a threshold of a bed bug pandemic, not just in the US but around the world.” http://bit.ly/a8ALKR  

At least one in 10 Kiwi adults will have type 2 diabetes within 20 years in a "tsunami" of disease which could bankrupt the country, an expert says. http://bit.ly/9aa39f  

New Zealand still loses more babies to cot death than any other developed country, a record that veteran researcher and educator Shirley Tonkin describes as "just dreadful". http://bit.ly/d1vjvN  

Workplace issues 
Gill South: A dash of silliness goes a long way towards a happier workplaceIt doesn't have to be wacky, but a bit of fun at work is therapeutic for staff, and for the business.http://bit.ly/cN2EEj  

OPINION: One of the features of every workplace is the dreaded meeting. You know the sort, they go forever and nothing gets done.http://bit.ly/aGVrCu  

Health and wellness
Sleep Suggestions for Night Shift Nurses
Night shift workers often struggle to develop stable sleeping patterns that allow them to get sufficient amounts of sleep on a regular basis. This problem can be compounded for nurses who, after arriving home from a night shift, are faced with the needs of their families who are just waking up to start the day.http://bit.ly/9AEumZ 

Articles of interest 
New OR RNs and Those with More Experience Need Nurturing
When 55-year-old Jim Stobinski, RN, MSN, CNOR, a seasoned Navy OR nurse, started working at a civilian hospital three years ago, he experienced a form of culture shock. He couldn't ignore the fact that nurses in the civilian OR were noticeably older than his colleagues in the Navy. The discrepancy was so significant that Stobinski started studying age distribution data from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and compared it to data from the Navy. As he analyzed the information, Stobinski became aware the nation may be at risk of an impending shortage of well-trained RNs in the OR.http://bit.ly/aV75AW  

Trends and developments in the use of health care simulation
Volume 17, Issue 3, Pages 101-102 (September 2010)As clinicians and educators, we are all acutely aware of the importance of patient safety in clinical practice. Patient safety and quality issues are gaining higher profile in undergraduate health care courses and are increasingly contextualized for learners in simulated patient care scenarios. Heightening students’ awareness of such important clinical practices is one of the many benefits of health care simulation. Clinicians and academics who embrace simulation training in their work understand the powerful learning experiences offered to participants. In undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development courses, simulations offer opportunity for deliberate rehearsal of practice, particularly around infrequent, high risk patient events, with the opportunity for reflection on action and structured feedback through the subsequent debriefing process. …..http://bit.ly/9syIvM 

Embracing Telemedicine in Wound Care
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: September 2010 - Volume 23 - Issue 9 - p 391http://bit.ly/aRcLZx 

Nurse Case Managers Follow Up for Good Outcomes
Advocating for patients, coordinating care, finding resources, educating patients and family members, and facilitating services — it’s all part of RN case managers’ daily duties.

Online publications
Shortage of Faculty and Resource Constraints Hinder Growth in U.S. Nursing Schools According to the Latest AACN Data
Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
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 ... <sniphttp://web.docuticker.com/go/docubase/60855  

Conferences and seminars
The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation presents,  Eat well, move well to age well A seminar for health professionals and caregivers working with older people in Maori and Pacific communities Date: Thursday November 4, 2010
Time: 5.00-7.30 pm
Place: Canterbury Horticultural Society, 57 Riccarton Avenue (opposite Christchurch Hospital), Christchurch 
Christina McKerchar, Nutrition Advisor, Te Hotu Manawa MaoriNutrition for Nannies - nutrition guidelines for older adults and issues older Maori face to achieve these 
Debbie Rawiri, Maori Diabetes Nurse specialist &Maureen Reason, Maori Community Health WorkerWalking in both Worlds - interpreting nutrition messages for Maori clients  
Soana Muimui Heata, Director, LEAD Wellness Consultancy Services, AucklandChoices for wellness - eating patterns of older Pacific people 
Lupesiliva Tuulua, Pacific Diabetes Nurse Educator & Guinevere Newport, Pacific Island Health Promoter (retired)Pacific Elders – living with chronic disease 
Heleni Calkin, Exercise tutor, Whanau TautokoMove it or lose it - physical activity and lifestyle for older Maori and Pacific people 
Our speakers have extensive practical and life experience in our multi-cultural society. You will:§         Receive the latest on the special nutrition needs of older Maori and Pacific people. §         Learn about the issues our older Maori and Pacific communities face, which put their nutritional status and health at risk. §         Be given insights into how to work effectively in differing cultural environments.§         Take home new ideas and practical strategies to ensure you can provide your clients with the best possible opportunities for positive health outcomes. 
To register, complete and return the registration form included with the attached flyer Enquiries to Sue Pollard at: sue@nutritionfoundation.org.nz  or Phone: (09) 489 3417  

 The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth,  SNIPS (stop4th@xtra.co.nz)  and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as at  Wednesday 13  October 2010.  If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email admin@nurse.org.nz 

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