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News bulletin 16 Octoberon 16 October
Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.No. 174,
Wednesday 16 October 2013
From NZ media this week
Collaborative treatments showcased for nurse educators
Success with expert nurses as GP backup
MidCentral trial lauded for being ‘ahead of the game', Kelsey Fletcher writes.A MidCentral District Health Board trial using an expert nurse to take on GPs' duties in hard-to-staff areas has been so successful it will likely be expanded.
When doctors have compassion fatigue
It's not exactly something you can turn on like a tap, says Auckland psychiatrist Tony Fernando, but nothing tells a patient that you care about their problems more clearly than if you actually start crying during a consultation.
Health board to axe jobs
Medical roles thin on ground
Local elections 2013: Community health push priority for new boards
Increasing understanding of Maori and Pacific health, more funding for community health and deploying maximum resources to frontline staff are among the goals for new members on Auckland's district health boards.
Safe Sleep Day- Friday 6th December 2013
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Will cross-party political debate help stop the heartbreak?
Are e-ciggies a boon or a burden?
Electronic cigarettes are a promising tool to help smokers quit, according to results from a world-first study.
Hidden costs of missing school
Dramatic rise in child poverty linked to cuts
New Zealand has focused on reducing old-age poverty at the expense of children, a leading academic says.Jonathan Boston, an expert in public policy from Victoria University of Wellington, said that, since child poverty started to increase dramatically from the late 1980s, a "consensus" among policy-makers had meant the wellbeing of elderly people had received more attention than children.
Healthy living scheme shows big gains for kids
Analysis of a healthy eating and activity programme first tested in Waikato primary schools shows the project is saving taxpayer money and improving children's lives.
Food taxes and subsidies will probably protect health & reduce inequalities – but the devil is in the detail
Research teams we lead have published two papers in the last few weeks on food taxes and subsidies – both of which depend on what are called price elasticities. Timely, in light of the launch last week of that is focusing public attention on our food environment, including taxes and subsidies on food.
Nurse practitioners may be among most satisfied
Nurse practitioners may be among the most satisfied healthcare workers in the country, according to research released by Staff Care, a physician and nurse practitioner staffing division of AMN Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: AMN). –
Read the study (.pdf)
New mandates raise the stakes in flu vaccination for nurses
Incompetent nurses no longer struck off in ScotlandIncompetent nurses will no longer be struck off in Scotland regardless of the harm they cause patients, a health watchdog has confirmed
In Minnesota, nurses in trouble get second chances
State regulators say they protect the public with a closer watch on caregivers accused of misconduct. Those who lost loved ones want them to do more.
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Report cites staff cuts and fears for patient welfare – and says bullying by managers is increasing
Nurses and midwives bear the brunt of sharps injuries
Organ Donor Promotion Brings Increase in Registrations
Night shifts not linked to mental decline
A Nurse Who Lends an Ear May Ease Anxiety in Moms of PreemiesPrivate talk sessions with a NICU nurse improved new mothers' depression, self-esteem
What is FIZZ?
The group includes Dr Gerhard Sundborn(founder),
Professor Rod Jackson (Epidemiologist),
Professor Boyd Swinburn (Professor of Global Health),
Dr Lisa Te Morenga (Nutritional Scientist), Dr Simon Thornley (Public Health Physician) and
Associate Professor Tony Merriman (Geneticist).
Publications and Reports online
Provision of mental health care for adulrs who have a learning disability (PDF 340.6 KB)
Publication code: 004445
Publication date: 7 October 2013
Abstract:Good mental health is a critical element for everybody in society. The mental health needs of people who also have learning disabilities are especially important. All health and social care professionals have a role in promoting the mental health of people with learning disabilities. The skills, knowledge and experience of learning disability nurses are vital in this area, whether they are providing direct assessment and intervention, or supporting colleagues in general services. This publication provides guidance for nurses and nursing students in mental health services in delivering high-quality health care to people with learning disabilities. It continues the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum’s work to ensure that people with learning disabilities have equal access to high-quality health care services. First published in 2007, this third edition serves to support and raise awareness of these issues with a wide spectrum of health care providers and carers.
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 15 October 2013
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