News Bulletin 1 Dec 2010

on 1 December

From the NZ media this week

The year 2008 marked 50 years since the first open heart bypass surgery at Greenlane hospital. During the celebrations a few nurses got talking about the need to save the stories of the nurses involved in the early days of heart surgery. 

Healthline first port of call for after-hours healthcare From Wednesday Healthline will be the first port of call for patients throughout the MidCentral Health district needing after-hours care or advice 

Help is on the way for Horowhenua's 1650 doctorless patients, with a nurse-led clinic planned to open at Horowhenua Health Centre next year 

More Maori nurses wanted
AUT University in Auckland is trying to encourage more Maori to take up nursing 

Risk-to-Maori-health-fundingMaori health dollars might leave the district if Maataa Waka goes ahead with plans to work under the Canterbury

 Public health issues
'People not keeping to cot death advice'
COT DEATH is killing too many babies when Simple safety messages could save them, a leading health researcher says. Auckland University's Dr Shirley Tonkin has spent 30 years researching cot death and is worried that despite a campaign in the 1990s to reduce sudden unexpected deaths in infants (SUDI), 60 to 80 babies still die in their sleep each year. 

Parental shift work link to obesity
Parental shift work and the cost of food are contributing factors to Pacific children's obesity rates in New Zealand, an Auckland University study has found. 

Diabetes epidemic puts strain on eye screening
Auckland health authorities are struggling to cope with New Zealand's rapidly increasing number of diabetics and is unable to check the eyes of some quickly enough. 

Study links asthma to paracetamol
Young children who take paracetamol are twice as likely to develop asthma, researchers say. 

Nigel Wynn used to have it all. He was a sharebroker, running a firm and managing a team of 30 staff. 

40pc of pregnancies unplanned - study
A $5 million a year study has found that 40 per cent of the babies born in Auckland and the Waikato in the past year were "accidents". 

Effective tobacco-free strategies: by Māori for Māori
Research just published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found senior Māori politicians and officials want more control by Māori over tobacco control efforts for Māori benefit. 

Passive smoking killing thousands
Globally, more than 600,000 deaths every year are caused by passive smoking (1 percent of all deaths) and around 165,000 of those killed are children, according to research published this week in the world’s leading medical journal The Lancet. 

Improving prioritisation of health services
The National Health Committee (NHC) should consider using a ‘traffic light’ approach to enable District Health Boards to set healthcare priorities more explicitly, according to an article in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal. 

Commission called to probe hospital
A former Health and Disability Commissioner has called for an inquiry into the Starship Children's Hospital child protection unit, saying it is wrongly accusing parents of child abuse. 

Old folks miss out on food
This is what some of our most vulnerable people seem to be getting to eat for their evening meal. 

Angry families afraid of repercussionsAge concern receives frequent complaints about food in rest homes. 

From international media sources

Critics Just Scare-Mongering about Nurse Practitioners’ Care
The introduction of new laws allowing nurse practitioners to prescribe medicines and claim Medicare rebates has raised what many feel are false concerns among those in the medical industry that this will lead to nurse practitioners working independently of doctors. 

Nurses Can Help Fight Future Diabetes Epidemic
The Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) is calling on the government to implement standardised screening and targeted health promotion for the prevention and management of diabetes.  RCNA CEO Debra Cerasa says all Australians, but especially at-risk populations, must be tested for diabetes before the appearance of symptoms in a bid to prevent serious complications and offer effective early intervention and management options. 

Nurse Practitioners Call for Equal Rebates
Nurse practitioners are requesting Medicare rebates equal to those of doctors. Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) federal secretary Lee Thomas says that the current unequal rebate standards do not reflect the holistic care provided by nurse practitioners, and may force nurse practitioners to charge co-payments in order to make their practice financially feasible. 

Innovative patient experience programme launched
Nurses and midwives selected as ambassadors, and trainers dedicated to improving the patient experience, have begun their roles in the innovative ‘I care’ programme. 

ANF Welcomes Nation's First Low Paid Bargaining Claim, Australia
The Australian Nursing Federation hopes the campaign to improve the wages and conditions of nursing staff in the aged care sector will benefit from Australia's first low paid bargaining claim, begun today under the Fair Work Act.  

NSW nurses walk off job in protest over nurse-patient ratios
NURSES have walked off the job in hospitals across New South Wales. Up to 190 hospitals across the state have been forced to scale back their services due to the strikes, which are taking place at different times today. 

ANF Opposed to TAFE Nursing Degrees
The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has categorically rejected any claims that they support nursing degrees taught by TAFE institutions.

Nurses improve same-day patient discharge rates
Delays in patients leaving hospital following laparoscopic surgery can be reduced with no detrimental effect on patient care by allowing nurse specialists to authorise their discharge, according to a study. 

Workplace asthma costs UK £135m
Asthma caused by workplace conditions could be costing the UK up to £135m a year, researchers have said. 

Gallagher defends nurse-led walk-in clinic
ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher says she will not rush to judgement on the success of Australia's first nurse practitioner clinic at the Canberra Hospital. 

Newly qualified nurses facing jobs shortages
Hundreds of newly qualified nurses in Scotland are facing an uncertain future as the scheme guaranteeing them work for a year becomes overwhelmed. 

Health and wellness
Wounded healers: Nurses and depression
Joe was known and beloved by the staff during his many admissions to the telemetry floor for exacerbations of congestive heart failure. He was especially fond of your long-time coworker and friend Jillian. Jillian was frequently assigned to his care, until this last admission when she told you that she just didn't have the energy to care for Joe. 

 Articles of interest
Effectiveness of a Computer-Based Educational Program on Nurses' Knowledge, Attitude, and Skill Level Related to Evidence-Based PracticePurpose: To conduct a baseline assessment of nurses' perceptions of knowledge, attitude, and skill level related to evidence-based practice (EBP) and research utilisation; determine the level of organisational readiness for implementing EBP and research; and examine the effectiveness of a computer-based educational program on nurses' perceptions of knowledge, attitude, and skill level related to EBP and research utilisation. 

Evidence-based nursing: clarifying the concepts for nurses in practiceAim.
To provide a critical analysis of key concepts associated with evidence-based nursing (EBN) to substantiate an operational definition for nurses to use in practice.Background. Despite the plethora of literature surrounding what evidence-based nursing is and is not and how it differs from its cousins, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice, nurses still struggle to get evidence into practice. Several reasons for this have been reported, for example, a lack of understanding about what evidence-based nursing means or time to engage with and apply the evidence into practice. 

 From the Ministry of Health
Whānau Ora Integrated Services DeliveryDate of publication (online): November 2010
Whānau Ora Integrated Services Delivery is a case study research that is focused on defining and describing the term ‘whānau ora integrated services delivery’ by drawing on specific examples and models of practice. This project has taken a case study approach to illustrate the key features of whānau ora integrated service delivery. 

Interventions and Treatment for Problematic Use of Methamphetamine and other Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS)Date of publication (online): November 2010Summary of publicationThese guidelines have been developed for use across a wide range of settings for those working with people adversely affected by methamphetamine use. It is a useful resource for frontline workers, including those in Mental Health Services, the Police, Department of Corrections, Emergency Departments, General Practitioners, Primary health care workers and the specialist addiction treatment sector.  

National Plan for Child Cancer Services in New ZealandDate of publication (online): November 2010
Summary of publicationThe National Plan for Child Cancer Services in New Zealand has been developed by the Ministry of Health and the National Health Board in conjunction with District Health Boards (DHBs) and the Paediatric Oncology Steering Group.

It addresses the challenges of providing high quality child cancer services nationwide, given the small number of patients and their wide geographic spread in New Zealand.

Approximately 150 new cases of child cancer are diagnosed each year, with just over 320 children receiving active therapy at any one time.
The plan has been developed with the aim of strengthening child cancer services by achieving national agreement on a service delivery model that is clinically safe, effective and sustainable.  

New publications
Public Health Foundations: Concepts and Practices
Elena Andresen (Editor), Erin DeFries Bouldin (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-44587-7
544 pages
October 2010
Responding to the growing interest in public health, Public Health Foundations is an accessible and comprehensive text that offers a reader-friendly introduction to core concepts and current practices. The authors use an engaging approach to topics such as epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics, infectious disease, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, health services and policy, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and health disparities. Ready for the classroom, each chapter includes learning objectives, an overview, detailed explanations, case studies, a summary, key terms, and review questions. Sidebars connect students to topics of current interest in the field of public health, including ethics, emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, environmental hazards, climate change, social justice, and issues of insurance and access to health care.Reflecting and expanding on recommendations of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Public Health Foundations provides a solid framework for understanding the basics of public health and is the ideal text for a wide range of courses in public health 

Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice
Carl I. Fertman (Editor), Diane D. Allensworth (Editor), Society for Public Health Education
ISBN: 978-0-470-24155-4
480 pages
April 2010
 Health Promotion Programs introduces the theory of health promotion and presents an overview of current best practices from a wide variety of settings that include schools, health care organizations, workplace, and community. The 43 contributors to Health Promotion Programs focus on students and professionals interested in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote health equity. In addition to the focus on best practices, each chapter contains information on:
  • Identifying health promotion programs
  • Eliminating health disparities
  • Defining and applying health promotion theories and models
  • Assessing the needs of program participants
  • Creating and supporting evidence-based programs
  • Implementing health promotion programs: Tools, program staff, and budgets
  • Advocacy
  • Communicating health information effectively
  • Developing and increasing program funding
  • Evaluating, improving, and sustaining health promotion programs
  • Health promotion challenges and opportunities
  • Health promotion resources and career links 

    Christchurch leads the world with new book on Brain Injury
    The brain injury handbook “Head Space” is a unique manual specifically designed to be used by people with brain injuries or strokes themselves. Considerable care has been taken regarding the graphics, font, content, level of detail and overall layout so that readers get the necessary comprehensive information in a manner that is understandable and not overwhelming. Early feedback from experts and people with brain injury has been incredibly positive and it appears that it is the only book of its kind anywhere in the world. The book will be launched at a special event at the Allan Bean Centre, Burwood Hospital, Christchurch Thursday 2 December 5.30 – 7.00 pm   

    Online reports
    The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
    Source: Institute of Medicine
    With more than 3 million members, the nursing profession is the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce. Working on the front lines of patient care, nurses can play a vital role in helping realize the objectives set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, legislation that represents the broadest health care overhaul ... 

    Improving Communication During Transitions of Care.This guide discusses the impact of poor communication on care transitions and describes tactics for improvement.  

    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  Wednesday 1st Dec 2010.  If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email

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