News bulletin 18 December

on 18 December

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.

No. 183, Wednesday 18 December 2013

From NZ media this week

Nurse 'terminated' patients' calls
An Auckland telehealth nurse who is alleged to have disconnected at least 49 callers is facing a charge of professional misconduct.

 Government disregards nurses’ views on employment law changesThe New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is deeply disappointed with the report released today by the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee about the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. Government members of the committee have recommended that the Bill proceed without any real consideration or incorporation of NZNO members' views.

Award acclaim for nursing graduate
An "outstanding" nursing graduate is the winner of this year's Marie Jarden Award for the most professional graduate.

Lawyer: Nurse's actions were malpractice
A nurse accused of getting his wife to impersonate his boss berated the tribunal chairman, called a witness a "madwoman", and announced that he played by his own rules as part of his defence.

Health sector welcomes dual qualification initiative
Christchurch will be the only place in New Zealand where degree graduates can study for a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Health Science simultaneously thanks to a new collaboration between CPIT, University of Canterbury (UC) and Canterbury District Health Board (CCHB). The new study pathway will be available in 2014. Mary Gordon, CDHB Head of Nursing, welcomed the new pathway as "a positive step forward. The Canterbury DHB fully supports and welcomes this initiative," she said.

Falls costing hundreds of millions - ACC
Falls around the home are costing the country $260 million a year in claims, ACC says.

Vitamin D push for NZ mums-to-be
Pregnant New Zealand women should be taking vitamin D supplements to help ensure their babies are not at risk of rickets, a new study has found.

Label changes improve children's medicine safety
Parents should feel more confident they are giving children the right amount of Pamol, thanks to changes in dosage instructions announced yesterday.

Public health

Needles causing Hep C upsurge
Drug users sharing needles have been blamed for Taranaki having the highest rate of new hepatitis C cases in the country over the past year.

NZ's adult obesity rate tops 30%
Minister rejects `nanny state' intervention as health survey shows two-thirds of Pacific folk in worst category.

Obesity a crisis of the elderly - report
Childhood obesity may be the popular health issue of the day, but the real crisis is among the elderly, a new report shows.

Obesity pandemic is surprising and needs urgent attention - expert
The obesity pandemic has taken the world by surprise and there is an urgent need for bold solutions, says an international expert.

More children receiving free B4 School Checks
Record numbers of kiwi kids received a free B4 School Check (B4SC) from July to November this year - over 2700 more children than over the same period last year.

Rheumatic Fever Research Partnership to fund four projects
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has announced funding for four research projects that aim to develop a better understanding of the most effective approaches to reduce the incidence and impact of rheumatic fever in New Zealand, with the projects due to be completed in late 2016.

Social health

Child Poverty in Pacific communities – not just a money issue
Pacific health researchers have called for greater focus and action around Pacific children in their early years to break the cycle of poverty before this sad legacy is passed on to the next generation.

Child poverty a significant mental health problem in NZ - psychiatrists
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists congratulates and commends the Children’s Commissioner, the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University on producing the Annual Child Poverty Monitor.

Food prices: Mums skip meals for kids
Mothers are skipping meals to feed their children and homeowners are forgoing insurance as the price of food continues to rise, an expert says.

Homes may be making children sick
Parents of every young child admitted to hospital should be surveyed to see whether their homes could have caused their child's illness, a study recommends.

International media

Union highlights loss of nursing posts in Ireland
More than 800 nursing and midwifery posts have been cut so far this year in the Republic of Ireland, according to latest figures.

293 nurses in eight years
THE Sangam College of Nursing in Labasa has produced 293 qualified nurses who have been employed locally and abroad since its inception eight years ago.

 Articles of interest

New Graduate Survey: Factors That Influence New Nurses’ Selection of First Clinical Position
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice 
December 2013  
Volume 27  Number 6 
Pages 323 – 331

Aim: The aim was to survey nurses with 2 to 3 years' experience to determine what factors were involved in the choice of their first nursing position and if they were still in that position.
Background: A false sense that the nursing shortage has ended has occurred with nurses delaying retirement until the economy improves. However, the turnover rate still shows 26% of registered nurses leaving their first hospital position within 2 years.


EXECUTIVE EXTRA: Leadership at 360°
Multiple competing priorities are placed on nursing leaders in today's healthcare environment, and they must know how to engage their workforce to effectively manage these demands. Engagement is defined as a persistent, positive state of being in which an employee experiences fulfillment in his or her job.1

Websites of interest

Simply4Nurses medical resource portal
This is AstraZeneca's online portal tailored to the needs of UK nurses. It provides easy access to a wide range of resources to assist treatment of your patients including patient information, treatment guidelines and educational programmes. The site also features some promotional material

Online resources

Sadly the Festive season isn’t all about peace, love and happiness for many people.
The NZ Family violence centre has a range of resources available on its website to assist individuals, employers and workplaces who may have to deal with these issues.

From the Ministry of  Health

New Zealand Health Survey Methodology Report 2012/13

The report includes information about:

the survey population and sample design

data collection

response rates and coverage rates


data processing and analysis.

Information specific to the data collection and analysis of the New Zealand Health Survey 2012/13 is included in the report.


New Zealand Health Survey: Annual update of key findings 2012/13

This report presents the 2012/13 results from the New Zealand Health Survey, for both adults and children. The report includes information on health behaviours and risk factors, health conditions and access to health services. These findings update those published in 2011/12, from what is now a continuous New Zealand Health Survey.

New Zealand Health Survey Content Guide 2012/13
This publication describes the content of the New Zealand Health Survey for the period July 2012 to June 2013. It also outlines the history of the New Zealand Health Survey and its development into a continuous survey, describes the process for developing the adult and child questionnaires for 2012/13, and gives an overview of each section of the survey. The adult and child survey questions are tabulated in Appendices 1 and 2, which also provide details of the source and time series for each survey question.

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.
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