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Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 189  Wednesday 12 February 2014

From NZ media this week

Local nurse in Govt scheme
One of 48 nursing scholarships granted by the Ministry of Health is being given to a graduate working in Wanganui.

Graduate Nurses to Help Bay’s High Needs Practices
A graduate nurse who this week takes up a role under a Ministry of Health initiative says she has a very special reason to put her heart and soul into her new job.

Nursing grads missing out on jobs
Newly trained Maori nurses are taking work in rest homes because they can't get a job they have trained for, according to Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori - the National Council of Maori Nurses.

Initiative aims to boost Maori nursing numbers
Counties Manukau Hospital registered nurse Marieann Mohi understands the importance of increasing the number of Maori nurses in New Zealand’s hospitals and health facilities.

New nurse happy to 'give back care'
Losing her husband to cancer has given Robyn Wickham a special reason to put her heart and soul into her job, starting this week under a Ministry of Health initiative.

Service to health recognised
A WAIRARAPA woman who has worked in health for more than half a century, got her PhD at the age of 74, and worked in isolated bush communities has been awarded Maori of the Year for Health.

Voluntary Bonding Scheme Registrations open
Registrations of interest for the 2014 Voluntary Bonding Scheme have formally opened today announced Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Latest VBS initiative another milestone along the road
The addition of primary care nursing to the list of hard to staff specialities to be supported by the Voluntary Bonding Scheme is a significant mark along the road to better health services in rural communities, the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network says.

Elderly woman's broken hip left untreated for days
Rest home staff who left an elderly woman's broken hip untreated for several days have been ordered to apologise and will be reviewed by the Nursing Council.

Public funding for diabetes service in HB 'must be reinstated'
The GPSI (General Practitioner with Specific Interest) Diabetes Service in Hawkes Bay is concerned that the local District Health Board has stopped public funding of its service despite its outstanding clinical outcomes.

Primary care

Study to evaluate best school clinic treatments
A major research project evaluating the effectiveness of school clinics to help prevent acute rheumatic fever in children is underway in three district health boards.

Public health

Many pregnancy illnesses preventable: study
Nearly 40 per cent of cases in which pregnant women are admitted to intensive care in New Zealand because of severe illness are potentially preventable, according to a University of Otago study.

NZ scientists take on sugar
A group of New Zealand scientists is gearing up to emulate the success of anti-tobacco campaigners by getting rid of sugar-flavoured soft drinks by 2025.

\International media

Critical care nurses call 5 routine practices into question
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, as part of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, has identified five routine critical care practices that should be questioned because they may not always be necessary and could be harmful.

Cooks Nursing School reopens after five years
The head of the newly re-opened nursing school in the Cook Islands says students will be trained to care for specific local health needs.

Older nurses favored over recent graduates for employment
Results of a survey distributed among nurses from 34 states indicated that nurses licensed in 2010 or 2011 were less likely to work in a hospital than nurses licensed in 2004 or 2005, according to a press release issued by NYU on Jan. 29.

Study finds room for improvement in workplace relation
With the high rate of turnover in nursing well documented, new findings from a study by Southern Cross University's School of Business point to staff relationships as one of the key reasons why so many nurses leave the profession.

Quality problems in America's nursing homes tied to turnover
Nursing researchers find adverse outcomes are linked to turnover in studies of a sample representing more than 16,000 nursing homes in the United States, suggesting that preventing staff turnover should be given greater emphasis.

All in the details: Nurse researchers work to solve problems plaguing patients and the profession
Want to eliminate cancer, falls or errors? Join the ranks of nurse researchers working to solve these and other problems patients and nurses face. Research, nurses say, aims to advance the overall goal of the profession — better patient care.

Articles of interest

Mix empathy with passion
Veteran RNs could be more helpful to newcomers
She glanced to either side as she slowly ambled down the hall, her shoes like cement blocks with every step. Her teammates pretended not to notice her as she passed, but she felt their piercing stares on her back. There were no smiles, not one friendly face.

The Orthodox Jewish patient: five things we should know
The Jewish population of Australia runs about 97 000 individuals.  With this sparse number of  persons with whom some of us will have infrequent direct contact, it may be helpful to review the issues involved in caring for an Orthodox Jewish patient.

Cultural considerations at the end of life
Nurse Practitioner:
15 February 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 24–31
Abstract: It is important for nurse practitioners to understand their patients' cultural backgrounds to provide competent care at the end of life. Understanding the concepts of various cultures can keep the lines of communication open and help providers elicit the necessary information to make the end-of-life experience as comfortable as possible.

Of possible interest

Standards New Zealand has the following drafts available for public comment

Draft for public comment
DR4011.1 - Single-use medical examination gloves Part 1: Specification for gloves made from rubber latex or rubber solution (ISO 11193-1:2008, MOD) (Revision of AS/NZS 4011:1997 (in part))
To cover rubber and poly(vinyl chloride) gloves respectively, this Part 1 of AS/NZS 4011 specifies rubber gloves only.
Comments close on 02/04/2014

DR4011.2 - Single-use medical examination gloves Part 2: Specification for gloves made from poly(vinyl chloride) (ISO 11193-2:2006, MOD) (Revision of AS/NZS 4011:1997 (in part))
To cover rubber and poly(vinyl chloride) gloves respectively, this Part 2 of AS/NZS 4011 specifies poly(vinyl chloride) gloves only
Comments close on 02/04/2014

DR4179 - Single-use sterile rubber surgical gloves? Specification (ISO 10282:2014, MOD) (Revision of AS/NZS 4179:1997)
To adopt the ISO Standard with Australian/New Zealand technical variations to ISO 10282
Comments close on 02/04/2014

Professional development

1st Global Conference on Emergency Nursing and Trauma Care
18-21 September 2014
Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ireland

Come and join the 1st Global Conference on Emergency Nursing and Trauma Care to share the latest research, knowledge, ideas, innovations and current developments within nursing and healthcare in both the developed and developing world.

The conference is for anyone involved in the delivery, development and organisation of emergency nursing, trauma care, paramedical and medical sciences. It will address the following themes for which abstracts for oral and poster presentations and symposia are invited by
17 March 2014:

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