News bulletin 11 September

on 11 September

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No. 169, Wednesday 11 September 2013 

From NZ media this week 

Southern DHB cancer nurse co-ordinators settling into their new roles

Southern DHB's three new Cancer Nurse Coordinators (CNC's) are settling into their new roles. The three nurses were recently recruited as part of the Government's $4 million-a-year programme to give cancer patients in every district health board specialist support and coordinated care. 

Care coordination for cancer cost-effective

Dedicated cancer care coordinators – a clinical nurse specialist charged with navigating patients through their care – appears to be cost effective, at least for stage III colon cancer. 

Tough job for school nurses
School-based health nurses in Manawatu are facing the same day-to-day issues as Child, Youth and Family social workers, mental health services and the abuse team, MidCentral District Health Board says. 

Sick baby's mother upset by hospital's meal rule for bottle feeders

The mother of a sick baby in hospital was told she didn't qualify for meals because she wasn't breastfeeding. 

By a kid's side: who hospitals feed

Mothers of sick children are offered more meals per day at public hospitals in Auckland than in Hamilton, and whether a mother is breastfeeding plays a lesser role or none at all. 

Telehealth represents the future of New Zealand healthcare

Doctor-patient consultations via video link are the future of healthcare and an answer to serving remote communities says a New Zealand medical leader. 

Bitter pill for patients
A merger of medical practices has proved costly for hundreds of patients who will pay more than double to see a doctor soon. 

Group to look at Maori health worker report
A governance group has been formed to consider a report calling for a boost in the number of Maori health workers. 

Wanganui asthma rate alarms
Secondhand smoke, poor housing and a high proportion of Maori are contributing to Wanganui's high hospital admission rate for asthma sufferers, a paediatrician warns.

Study into health disparities for young Māori women and their babies from a Kaupapa Māori Research paradigm
The reclamation of academic research by, with and for Māori is the focus of a study into inequalities in the country’s health system undertaken by seven Wellington-based health researchers; Beverley Lawton, Fiona Cram, Charrissa Makowharemahihi, Tina Ngata, Bridget Robson, Selina Brown and Warahi Campbell. 

GP quits over risks to patients
A Christchurch doctor has quit a facility for intellectually disabled people over recent deaths, fears about staff shortages and "being expected to work where I don't feel safe".

Mental health 

Doctors 'selfish on suicide'

Professor says being blamed for people killing themselves worries medical profession

Two-thirds of young NZers show sign of 'depressed mood'

Nearly two-thirds of young New Zealanders are showing signs of depressed mood.

Public health 

Immunisation coverage up but NZ falling behind in new vaccine use
New Zealand is now among the best in the world in reducing equity gaps in immunisation coverage, reports the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) as it heralds the 8th New Zealand National Immunisation Conference to be held in Auckland this week from September 10 -12. 

One in 20 young Kiwis addicted to booze
In a country where teens are often in the firing line in the war against binge drinking, it appears the battle with the bottle does not stop at age 20. 

Study quantifies effect of alcohol misuse on 20-somethings

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers have for the first time quantified exactly what damage alcohol abuse is inflicting on 20-somethings, and in turn society. 

Health system 'caught out' by surge in allergies

Hoping kids will simply "grow out of" allergies is no longer good enough, experts say.

International media 

Nurse gets six-month ban over offensive Facebook messages

Allison Hopton used 'a number of profanities' and made references to Welsh hospice where she worked, tribunal heard 

Nurses and midwives set to face three-yearly checks
Nurses and midwives in the UK look set to face three-yearly checks from the end of 2015 under proposals being put forward. 

Nurses warned about nail extensions
Nurses have been warned about wearing nail extensions and using nail polish after a poll suggested infection control was being put at risk by fashion-conscious NHS staff. 

NMC launches consultation on strengthened registration process for applicants from overseas
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a consultation on the introduction of a test of competence for overseas applicants to the UK register – those trained outside the EEA (European Economic Area).

Articles of interest 

Early Removal of Urinary Catheters in Patients With Thoracic Epidural Catheters
Journal of Nursing Care Quality -Featured Journal
December 2013 
Volume 28  Number 4
Pages 340 - 344
The purpose of this study was to determine whether early removal of urinary catheters in patients with thoracic epidurals resulted in urinary retention (>500 mL by bladder scanner). Patients were given up to 8 hours to void before further intervention. Of 61 patients, only 4 (6.6%) required urinary catheter reinsertion due to urinary retention. Early removal of urinary catheters after thoracic surgery in patients with thoracic epidurals was safe, with minimal urinary retention.

Online resources 

Patient Safety Tool: Healthcare Personnel Immunization Toolkit

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology offers a free "Healthcare Personnel Immunization Toolkit" to help infection preventionists develop, implement and evaluate a healthcare personnel immunization program.The toolkit, published in 2012, includes multiple resources, such as checklists and sample documents, for vaccine storage, handling and administration, documentation and program evaluation. Guidance in the toolkit is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee.

Publications and Reports online

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Nursing's Time to Lead: Making Hard Decisions with Truthful Information
 In the third pillar in our four-part series, Making Hard Decisions with Truthful Information, we examine the myths surrounding staffing in volatile hospital conditions. And you’ll learn how a real-time, single source of truth into day-to-day operations can help nurses execute evidence-based decisions that will ultimately improve nursing performance and patient satisfaction. 

Conferences and seminars 

The confirmed programme for the NZ Respiratory Conference is now available online here. We are excited by the calibre of presenters at the conference who are all experts in their fields. 

APSAD Conference Program is now available!
The APSAD Conference Program is now available. The conference title, Bridging Knowledge and Practice, was chosen by the Scientific Program Committee to reinforce APSAD’s commitment to evidence based medicine and practice.This conference, being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Sunday 24 – Wednesday 27 November 2013, will feature an exciting program which includes international and national speakers, focussing on new treatment, prevention and policy in the areas of drugs and alcohol research. The conference will include local issues and content relevant to our region, but will also offer a range of presentations and workshops that have international relevance. Featuring original work from the field, the conference program will continue to encourage alternative presentation styles such as film, yarning circles and artwork whilst maintaining conventional modes of presentation such as oral and poster presentations, participatory workshops, debates/discussions and late breakers.For details about the program visit this website 

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 10 September 2013 
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