News bulletin 29 January

on 29 January


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 187  Wednesday 29 January 2014


From NZ media this week

Nursing graduates struggling to find work
Nurses who should be in hot demand are turning an eye to the unemployment queue, with 500 graduates struggling to find work even as a chronic nursing crisis looms.

Nurses' 'terrifying' time job hunting
Nurses who should be in hot demand are turning an eye to the unemployment queue, with 500 graduates struggling to find work even as a chronic nursing crisis looms.

Nurse scholarships awarded
Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced 48 graduate nurses will receive a scholarship to work in general practices in some of New Zealand’s higher need communities.

Hospital waiting list warning
A sharp drop in the number of people taking out health insurance has prompted warnings public hospital waiting lists will spiral as baby boomers hit retirement age.

170,000 on 'de facto list' for operations
Alongside hospital waiting lists for elective surgery, a "de facto" list of people unable to even get on the waiting list is causing concern.

reen Party unveils $90m education plan
The Green Party has launched its election year by announcing a $90 million a year package for low decile schools, including free after school care and holiday programmes, free lunches, and school nurses in every decile 1-4 primary and intermediate school.

Psychologist reviews 'for Maori, by Maori'
The long-established view that Maori patients are best treated by Maori clinicians is under challenge by a psychologist completing a doctorate on the subject.

Legal highs will return: Experts
There has been a drop in synthetic cannabis users seeking health services since a law change in July but professionals fear this won't last.

Dying of embarrassment: NZ tops bowel cancer rates
New Zealand and Australia have topped a World Health Organisation report into worldwide bowel cancer rates, prompting a support group to call for a publicly-funded national screening programme.

Better cancer care for Kiwis
Cancer patients can look forward to higher quality care thanks to new national standards which have been developed by cancer experts, including surgeons, oncologists and nurses, for ten common tumour types in New Zealand.

1 in 3 Saturday-night emergency patients drunk, study shows
Drunk patients account for almost a third of those seeking emergency hospital treatment on Saturday nights - and many will have been binge-drinking alcohol bought from an off-licence, research shows.

'Obscene amount' spent on healthcare
Prisoners clocked up more than $24 million in healthcare costs for the 2012/13 year, nearly $1 million up on the year before.

Feeding the nation: obesity, poverty and nutrition
Obesity spiralling out of control, a growing diabetes epidemic and a quarter of our kids living in poverty - something doesn't add up with our food system.

Feeding the nation: the solutions
When two litres of lurid green, teeth-rotting fizz costs less than a dollar, and two litres of milk will set you back $3.50, something is amiss.

International media

Vanuatu nurses could get training from South Korean doctors
The Vanuatu National Nurses Association has taken issue with a plan by the Minister of Health to bring in doctors from South Korea to train local nurses.

Perioperative Nurse Education and the Future of Value-Based Care
The Institute of Medicine's 2011 most recent report, "The Future of Nursing," doesn't mince words. "The ways in which nurses were educated during the 20th century are no longer adequate for dealing with the realities of health care in the 21st century," it reads.

Work and management

Is working night shifts bad for you?
A new study claims that working nights can disrupt gene activityafter only three days – and the health dangers are thought to include an increased risk of breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. Does it worry nocturnal workers? And are there any advantages?

Health and wellness

Glass half full: Alcohol’s health benefits for cardiovascular disease still controversial, and likely vary by context
It is ‘well known’ that moderate amounts of alcohol are beneficial to cardiovascular health.  But actually in research circles this ‘fact’ is hotly contested. In this blog we will overview the currently dominant understanding of a ‘J-shape’ association of alcohol and death rates. Then we look at a recent (and likely seminal) just published study of 400,000 European adults followed up for an average 13 years that reports a seemingly J-shape association – but which might actually be due to bias according to the authors.

Articles of interest

The Presence and Roles of Nurse Navigators in Acute Care Hospitals
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration
November 2013 
Volume 43  Number 11
Pages 592 – 596

OBJECTIVE: A survey of hospital-based nurse executives was conducted to determine the extent, approaches, and outcomes of nurse navigator (NN) programs.
BACKGROUND: Nurse navigators are distinct from other recognized healthcare roles. Navigators most commonly focus on a single health condition with the goal of improving the provision of specified health services for an individual patient.

Experience-based design for integrating the patient care experience into healthcare improvement: Identifying a set of reliable emotion words 
Experience-based design is an emerging method used to capture the emotional content of patient and family member healthcare experiences, and can serve as the foundation for patient-centered healthcare improvement. However, a core tool—the experience-based design questionnaire—requires words with consistent emotional meaning. Our objective was to identify and evaluate an emotion word set reliably categorized across the demographic spectrum as expressing positive, negative, or neutral emotions for experience-based design improvement work.

Publications and Reports online

Supporting the delivery of immunisation education (PDF 407.2 KB)
The process for ensuring vaccines reach all those who need them is complex; it requires close liaison between commissioners, health boards and providers, and health protection experts. An effective immunisation service depends on staff being suitably skilled and qualified. This RCN guidance recommends the standardisation of immunisation training so that it can be delivered and commissioned to meet the National Minimum Standards. It should be used in conjunction with these standards and the RCN quality assurance standards which provide a broad framework for quality assurance for education programmes. This guidance sets out different levels of training, which are described as separate units, for commissioners, health boards and managers to consider depending on the service provided.

Creating a safe environment for care (PDF 513.5 KB)
This publication, produced jointly with the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP), defines the relationship between nursing staff and cleaning professionals and the effect this relationship has on the patient environment. One of the most longstanding concerns is its potential role in the transmission of infection. The decontamination of patient environments is central to the provision of safe care. Therefore the relationship between nursing and cleaning staff, who work in close association with patient environments is crucial. The focus on efficiency has also caused concern amongst members of the RCN and AHCP and is considered in this publication.

Professional development

New Zealand – Whangarei- Nurses working with people who have substance use problems / addictions

This seminar is organised by Matua Raki (National Addiction Workforce Development) in collaboration with DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses Association) and Northland DHB

The aims of which are to foster relationships, enhance skills, encourage advanced practice and nurse practitioner development, share journeys and ideas for enhancing skills, hear about new and planned initiatives and explore career opportunities.

 These seminars are free of charge.

Invited speakers include:

 Daryle Deering – “Using the Competency Framework for Strategic Direction in Nursing Roles. Nursing and the Recovery Approach”

Henriette de Vries and Bart Van Gaelen – “Nursing Supervision”

Mary Carthew and John Hartigan – “Practice Nurse Competencies”

Wendy Tait – “Mental Health in Primary Care”

Louise Leonard and Moira Gilmour -“ NZ  Advanced Certified Addiction Nurse”

Jewel Reti – “Video-conferencing as a training and treatment access tool”

We invite other nurses to showcase their work.

Please contact Jewel Reti ( and/or Klare Braye ( to arrange this

This seminar will be held at:    

Manaia PHO,

Rust Avenue,


Friday 21st February 9.30-4.00pm

How do I register?

Registration is now open through the Matua Raki website at:

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 28 January 2014

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