News bulletin 26 February

on 26 February


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 191  Wednesday 26 February 2014

From NZ media this week

Nursing skills gap warning
The job market may be tight nationwide for graduate nurses, but trainers at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology think their students will come out on top.

Nurses push for crisis plan
Nurses at Dunedin Hospital have given the Southern District Health Board management until Monday to come up with a crisis plan in response to their concerns.

Nurses say 'staffing crisis' affects care
Dunedin nurses are being forced to ration care to patients because of a staffing crisis, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says.

State-of-the-art androids more human than ever
Call it a dummy's guide for doctors.
Sam's heart rate is plummeting, his throat closing over on the operating table.

'Time to get serious' on alcohol-related injuries
Alcohol-related injury is a burden on the Hawke’s Bay community and its health services which must be addressed, director of population health Dr Caroline McElnay says.

Expert midwife shocked mother 'fainted'
An inquest into the deaths of a mother and her baby boy has focussed on whether lead maternity carers (LMCs) are supervised and supported after graduation or left "flying solo".

DHBs and Primary Health Care

\DHB's 'in survival mode'
Nurses stopped work at Dunedin Hospital yesterday, apparently fed up with issues that are undermining clinical safety - just one of many signs the city's health services are in crisis, Dunedin MPs say.

DHB takes sugar off the menu
The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is banning all sales of sugary drinks from its hospitals.
From March 17, no sugary beverages, including soft, sports, energy or flavour milk drinks, will be on sale at the cafes and shops at Nelson and Wairau hospitals.

Nelson trials online medical records
Patients will soon be able to access their own medical records online, order repeat prescriptions and check their latest laboratory test results.


Community pharmacies help treat diarrhoea
A two-year health pilot in community pharmacies aimed at reducing risks of dehydration due to gastroenteritis in children, is proving its worth with impressive uptake throughout the MidCentral region.

PHARMAC seeking public views on proposed new decision criteria
PHARMAC is asking for people’s views on a proposed new framework for making pharmaceutical funding decisions.

Public health

School fights to curb measles cases
Westlake Boys High sends non-immunised students home after 19 contract disease.

40 Aucklanders sick with measles
One more case of measles has been confirmed in Auckland today, bringing the total number of people sick with the disease to 40.

Social health

State House priority for rheumatic fever-risk families
A programme to fast-track families who have children at risk of rheumatic fever into state homes will be rolled out from Auckland to most of the North Island.

1/3 of NZ families affected by alcohol and drug problems
A third of New Zealanders have a family member who has experienced negative effects in their life due to alcohol or drug use, research commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation has shown.

International media

New social media policy and guidelines unveiled
Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be banned from discussing patients or posting pictures of procedures, case studies, patients or sensitive material which may lead to patients being identified without consent, under the National Board’s much-anticipated new social media policy.

Work and management

Workplace abuse costing us millions
Workplace bullying is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars a year - and at least one in five workers is suffering from it, a leading expert says.

Health and wellness

Self-Care With Self-Massage
Massage therapy boasts innumerable benefits for optimal health. Massage has been associated with decreased pain, improved sleep, as a treatment for anxiety and depression, and as an overall comfort measure (for both the sick and the well.)

Study: Shiftworkers Prone to Diets that Lead to Chronic Inflammation
The finding could shed light on why shiftwork has been linked to increased risks of disease, including high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

Articles of interest

CPR practice boosts resuscitation success
As Marion Leary, RN, MSN, assistant director of clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Resuscitation Science in Philadelphia, pointed out, “cardiac arrest can happen at any time, anywhere.” When performed well, cardiopulmonary resuscitation boosts survival rates after those arrests occur.

High bed occupancy rates: Are they a risk for patients and staff?
Aim: In order to produce empirical evidence on the relationship between high bed occupancy and its potential hazards, this study correlates bed occupancy rates with hospital patient safety and staff overload indicators.
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Improving drug chart documentation in elective surgical patient admissions.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that all healthcare organisations should put policies in place for medication reconciliation on admission. At Croydon University Hospital a medication history had previously been taken in Foundation Year 1 (FY1) preoperative clinics. However, when these clinics were deemed unnecessary, this opportunity for drug chart documentation was lost, along with an awareness of this responsibility among the FY1s. As a result patients were being admitted to wards without adequate drug chart documentation which resulted in a serious untoward incident occurring. This project aimed to increase awareness among FY1s of this responsibility and as a result increase drug chart documentation in postoperative elective surgical patients.

From the Ministry of  Health

Psychoactive Substances Regulations: A consultation document
Discussion document on proposals for regulations under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013.
Submissions close 21 March 2014
This consultation seeks input from interested parties into the development of regulations to support the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (the Act) which came into force on 18 July 2013.
The Psychoactive Substances Regulations will provide the operational detail on how the Act will work.

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 25 February  2014

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