News bulletin 16 October

on 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

A pilot study by Massey University School of Nursing staff and regional public health specialists, investigating how to reduce the high rates of skin infection in children, is being presented at a nurse educators conference in Wellington. 

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.

DHB specific

Health board to axe jobs

Twelve Nelson Marlborough District Health Board jobs are expected to go in an $800,000 cost-cutting proposal.The Public Service Association said a proposal was being considered by the country's 21 district health boards to move to a single centralised system to run operational finances, purchasing and goods supply. 

Medical roles thin on ground

Health boards are scrambling to provide enough jobs to meet the number of medical school students graduating this year.

Public health

Fluoride facts

The MoH along with a number of other agencies in NZ have put together a website on fluoride 

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

New Zealand’s first Safe Sleep Day is being held on Friday 6th December 2013. Our focus for the 6th December is all about promoting safe sleep for babies, so that every sleep is a safe sleep.  We are encouraging community groups, organisations, and work places to host an event that will promote safe sleep day to our whānau. 
More info at; 

Will cross-party political debate help stop the heartbreak?

The Heart Foundation is calling on political parties to act now to address New Zealand’s biggest killer - cardiovascular disease - which accounts for 40% of all deaths in New Zealand every year.

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.


Social health

Hidden costs of missing school

Schoolchildren who are suspended, expelled or drop out early are more likely to suffer from poor health and social difficulties - or even die young, according to new research.

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 Appetite for Destructionthat is focusing public attention on our food environment, including taxes and subsidies on food. 

International media


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

Flu season is fast approaching, and with it the flu vaccine. Dreaded by some, welcomed by others and a source of discussion for all involved in patient care, flu vaccinations raise many important questions for healthcare professionals. Do healthcare workers have an ethical obligation to get vaccinated? Should flu vaccination be mandatory for healthcare workers? Should those who aren’t vaccinated be required to wear masks or work away from patients?

Incompetent nurses no longer struck off in Scotland

Incompetent 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

Nurses and midwives suffer the highest rate of needlestick and sharps injuries among Australian healthcare workers each year. 

Organ Donor Promotion Brings Increase in Registrations

More than 90 percent of the public supports organ donation, yet less than half the population registers as donors, surveys show. What if registration was better promoted to those who had previously turned it down? 

Night shifts not linked to mental decline

(Reuters Health) - In a large study, middle-aged women working night shifts didn't suffer any long-term impairment in their thinking skills. 

A Nurse Who Lends an Ear May Ease Anxiety in Moms of Preemies

Private talk sessions with a NICU nurse improved new mothers' depression, self-esteem


Social media

What is FIZZ?

We are a group of researchers and public health doctors who have come together to advocate for ending the sale of sugar sweetened beverages (sugary drinks) from New Zealand. Many studies link the intake of sugary drinks with poor health, including obesity, type-2 diabetes, rotten teeth, gout and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease and premature death. We believe that the tide of evidence which implicates sugary drinks with these common diseases is so strong now that ending the sales of these products is justified.
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
ISBN: 978-1-908782-76-2
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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