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News bulletin 25 Septemberon 25 September
Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 171, Wednesday 25 September 2013
From NZ media this week
Low-cost clinics at crisis point as funding dries up
College of Nurses offers a way to save low-cost health clinics
Press Release – College of Nurses Aotearoa Inc
It is very distressing to see the report that tens of thousands of Wellington’s most vulnerable patients could struggle to see a doctor unless threatened low-cost health clinics can be pulled back from “crisis point” and kept afloat. This situation is not confined to Wellington.
Next steps in funded family care
The Government has been working with people from the disability and carers' community on key parts of implementing its $92 million policy of paying some family members to care for disabled people, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
'Bold' child worker law changes receive unanimous backing
Nurse censured and fined for stealing pain drugs
Nurse suspended for privacy breach
Nurse suspended for texting patient's private records to another personA nurse who accessed health records about a patient's pregnancy termination and texted another person about it has been suspended for three months.
Ex-nursing head guilty of misconduct
Nelson registered nurse and former New Zealand Nurses Organisation president Nano Tunnicliff has been found guilty of professional misconduct for compromising the safety of 87 patients in the top of the south.
NZ dementia rates to triple by 2050
Video series showcases aged care nursing
An online resource to showcase new and innovative approaches to better care for older people has been launched today by Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew.
Coroner: Support people with depression
'Psycho-social' impacts on asthma sufferersAsthma sufferers who also live with anxiety or depression are more prone to asthma attacks, a visiting expert says.
New prescription fees a bitter pill for some patients
Sugary beverages should be regulated like tobacco - researcher
Sore throats can break a heart
Northland has one of the highest rates of rheumatic fever in the world, and current swabbing projects in schools aren't enough to identify and treat the disease, the Public Health Association Conference was told today in New Plymouth.
For children, including those with a respiratory condition, being sick is not inevitable or just ‘bad luck’
Why do children get sick? Being sick is not inevitable or just ‘bad luck’ said Associate Professor Nikki Turner at the NZ Respiratory Conference. There is considerable evidence showing that living in economic poverty makes people, and children in particular, at much higher risk of being sick. And not just occasionally sick, but also having recurrent illnesses, being admitted to hospital more frequently and ending up with long-term chronic conditions such as bronchiectasis.
Bad teeth affect many areas of health experts say
A whole range of people employed to protect the public’s health are voicing concerns about what will happen if the quality of Hamilton’s teeth declines due to drinking non-fluoridated water.
Parental neglect of kids' teeth at rotting point
Children are turning up for their first day of school with alarming levels of tooth decay, as too many parents neglect to take them to a dentist before they turn 5, oral health experts say.
Device's side effects are users' health nightmare
Being homeless hits children hard
Thousands of Kiwi children are homeless, with many missing out on schooling and basic medical care.A new Otago University study has used 2006 census data to provide the first measure of homelessness, finding that 34,000 people suffer "severe housing deprivation".
Campaign launched to combat loneliness
There are nearly 50,000 older New Zealanders who are very, very lonely.Age Concern is there to help these people when they feel like nobody else cares.
Be open over nurse numbers, hospitals urged by MPs
Doctors and nurses' regulators asked to clarify guidance on face veils
Health minister Dan Poulter acts in response to claim that 17 hospital trusts ban wearing veils while treating patients
TV may reinforce stereotypes about men in nursing
(Reuters Health) - Fictional male nurses on television are sidelined in supporting roles, portrayed as the butt of jokes and cast as commentary providers or minority representatives, all of which makes it harder in reality to recruit men to nursing and retain them, according to a new study.
When Nurses Bond With Their Patients
As nurses we are taught that we are professionals and we must maintain a certain emotional distance with our patients. It’s a boundary that encompasses the therapeutic relationship: nurses as caregivers, patients as the recipients of the care. But now, working as a nurse, I have found that while most of my professional boundaries are well defined, sometimes the line between a professional and personal relationship with a patient can become blurred.
Palliative care program to employ nurses and allied health professionals
A pioneering community-based palliative care program will employ around 120 nurses, allied health professionals and community support workers in Tasmania next year.
World-first study finds midwifery care costs less and delivers equally safe care
A world-first University of Sydney randomised controlled trial comparing continuity of midwifery care throughout pregnancy with standard public hospital care found that caseload midwifery reduced interventions in birth and reduced costs.
Transforming Nursing Education to Meet Emerging Health Care Needs
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog is asking diverse experts: What is and isn’t working in health professions education today, and what changes are needed to prepare a high-functioning health and health care workforce that can meet the country’s current and emerging needs? Today’s post is by Judith Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, president of the National League for Nursing and executive associate dean for Academic Affairs at the Indiana University School of Nursing.
Wanted: Young Nurse Faculty
Nursing schools are in desperate need of faculty and not enough young nurses are answering the call.
34,000 people missing out on housing, University of Otago research shows
An estimated 34,000 people, or about one in every 120 New Zealanders, were unable to access housing in 2006, according to the latest available census and emergency housing data, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.
Articles of interest
Infection Control: Is targeting MRSA the right infection prevention goal for surgical patients?
OR Nurse 2013
Volume 7 Number 5
Pages 13 - 15Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important pathogen both in the perioperative setting and within the community. Many studies have shown that it increases morbidity and mortality when compared with its less drug-resistant relative, methicillin-sensitive S. aureus.
From the Ministry of Health
Patient Experience 2011/12
Emergency Department Use 2011/12
Conferences and seminars
Australasian Society for Behavioural Health & Medicine Conference
The theme of the 2014 conference is “Healthy Behaviours: Connecting individuals and communities”. The event will be held on the 12-14 February 2014 in Auckland.
Abstract submissions are now open.Read more...
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 24 September 2013
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