News bulletin 2 April

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Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 196 Wednesday 2 April 2014

From NZ media this week

Our Jane does good
When you first meet Hawke's Bay District Health Board Occupational Health nurse Jane O'Kane a few things strike you.

'A huge accomplishment'
After 44 years in nursing, Gayle Lindley has achieved a career high and is now Balclutha's first nurse practitioner (NP) with prescribing rights.

Plain packs derided as not working
Tobacco giants begin efforts to dissuade Govt from law change with new research.

Plain packaging for tobacco products is one step closer for New Zealand
Submissions on the Smokefree Environments (plain packaging) Amendment Bill closed today, Friday 28th March. Cancer Society Auckland congratulate the government for progressing the adoption of plain packaging legislation in New Zealand, however they urge government to take action.

Top doctors call for more research dollars
Cameron Buchanan and Linda Rademaker might not be researchers themselves, but they know the value of scientific exploration and study

Call for public to have say on trade deal
The union representing nurses is asking the Government to allow some public input into the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks.

Sufferers looking overseas
A dentist chair probably doesn't appear in many holiday dreams, but having your teeth done, eyes lasered or hip replaced overseas is on the rise.

Aged care

A Better Start for Older People Reduces Hospital Stays
Research released this month shows that Waikato District Health Board's Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation Team (START) programme reduces the length of stay in hospital and the risk of readmission following discharge.

DHB specific

DHB cost cuts a 'risk'
Maori health is at risk if one of the country's largest district health boards cuts staff costs and reduces services, according to the Nurses Organisation.'risk'

Joint DHB plan 'no step' to future merger
Whanganui District Health Board has taken the first step towards drawing up a joint strategic plan with its Palmerston North-based neighbour, MidCentral District Health Board.

Staff shortages 'starting to bite' in some hospitals
Is there enough staff working at Waikato Hospital and for the Waikato District Health Board?

Allied Health workforce set to up skill
A new on the job training scheme for Allied Health workers has been launched in Canterbury.
Twenty one Canterbury District Health Board Allied Health Assistants (AHA) are set to begin the new 15-month course, giving them the opportunity to gain a National Certificate in Health Assistance – Rehabilitation Assistance Strand.

Mental health

Legal highs a curse, says councillor
Parents say they are distraught and confused about why the Government is allowing "psychosis-producing" legal highs into communities.


Are doctors misusing antibiotic prescriptions?
Hospital doctors are causing potential harm by misusing antibiotic prescriptions, a new study shows.

Primary health care

Hospital an option in emergency
If you could see a doctor for free or pay almost $100, which would you choose?
The option seems logical but many West Auckland patients don't realise they have a choice, claims Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere.

Public health

Health and climate change time bomb
Government representatives and scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have released their climate impacts report today.

Kiwis warned of dengue fever risk
Travellers to Asia and Pacific urged to use insect repellents and cover their skin to avoid mosquito bites.

Early flu causes concern
Health officials are concerned clusters of the harmful H1N1 virus, responsible for the 2009 swine flu pandemic, are appearing unseasonably early.

Ryall pushing earlier cancer target
Health Minister Tony Ryall has sought to introduce a new national health target for cancer treatment almost a year earlier than officials are recommending.

Social health

Income gap growing - poll
Nearly three-quarters of New Zealanders believe the gap between rich and poor has increased under six years of National Government and almost two-thirds feel they are no better off or have gone backwards, a Herald-DigiPoll survey suggests.

International media

Legislators, Again, Grapple With Mandatory Nurse-Patient Ratio
It’s an issue that crops up at the State House every few years and has never been resolved: Should there be a law limiting the number of hospital patients under the care of a nurse at any given time?

Doctors warn against allowing nurses to treat chronic pain
ST. PAUL — Some doctors are warning that a bill advancing in the Legislature that would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to diagnose and treat chronic pain patients without a doctor's supervision could have dire consequences.

Every secondary school to get a full-time nurse
EVERY secondary school in Oxfordshire will have its own full-time nurse as part of a £1.55m deal announced today.

Nurse Prescription Bill Squeaks Through
A bill that would let nurse practitioners prescribe controlled substances and commit patients under the Baker Act narrowly passed the Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday

Doctors, not nurses, raise patients' blood pressure
Next time you visit your GP to have your blood pressure (BP) checked, you may want to ask the nurse to do it, say researchers who have found that doctors routinely record higher levels.

Articles of interest

Dealing with Aggressive Patients
We have all had those patients. Nearly every nurse has experienced a patient shouting at her, berating her, and telling her where to go.

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From the Ministry of  Health

A Quality Framework and Suite of Quality Measures for the Emergency Department Phase of Acute Patient Care in New Zealand
This publication suggests a quality framework including a common suite of measures. DHBs will be expected to use these measures to improve the acute patient journey, thereby improving patient experience.
Emergency departments and district health boards all currently monitor a range of different measures. The only mandatory common measure to date has been the Shorter stays in Emergency Departments health target. This publication provides a suite of common measures.  
This publication is a product of the National Emergency Departments Advisory Group.

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 1 April 2014

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