News bulletin 16 April

on 16 April


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 198 Wednesday 16 April 2014

From NZ media this week


DHB finds nurses should not have let drugged man drive

A man left brain-damaged by a car crash after he was pumped full of drugs was failed by the nurses who let him drive, an investigation has found.


Waikato Doctor Receives Top National Prize

Accolades for the Waikato nurse practitioner behind the life changing Sugar Babies study just keep coming.


Growing concern over medical freebies

Doctors and nurses accepted drug company-funded trips, meals and gifts worth almost $170,000 last year amid growing concern about the freebies' potential to influence medical decisions.


Doctors enlisted to ban legal highs

Synthetic cannabis could yet disappear from shops as health officials and doctors join forces to have it banned.

HIV prevention not possible without community support

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is deeply grateful for the support it receives from the community. Without that support, preventing HIV would be a difficult task.


Brain injuries at epidemic levels

Children and young men are suffering more head injuries than anyone else, many caused by falls, knocks in rugby and car accidents, according to research.


 Pregnancy data errors creating risk

Midwives not measuring expectant mums for fear of offending them, researchers find.


Rare surgery helps weight loss but has risks

Dozens of morbidly obese Kiwis have shed two-thirds of their weight after a rare surgical procedure, new research shows.


International media

inPractice® Introduces Unique Point-of-Care Reference Tool for Oncology Nurses

RESTON, Va.April 8, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ —inPractice® Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of Clinical Care Options (CCO), today announced the launch of a first-of-its kind education and reference tool dedicated to the needs of all nurses who provide care for patients with cancer. inPractice® Oncology Nursing is a point-of-care tool that combines high-quality nursing-focused content, oncology-specific clinical decision support, patient education, and professional development resources, including nursing continuing education credits, in a single, easily accessible digital resource.


Recent assaults on N.Y. nurses bring healthcare violence back to forefront

Media reports in February told of two incidents of violence against nurses in New York. One nurse suffered critical head injuries at a Brooklyn hospital and another was smacked in the face at a Manhattan facility. These incidents likely represent just a fraction of the assaults that occur in hospitals across the country.

Remote nurse practitioners

What does it take to become a remote nurse practitioner? The path is filled with dust and logistical challenges but it’s also one of the most professionally and personally fulfilling journeys, writes Karen Keast.


Nurse practitioners still face barriers

Australia’s trained and highly skilled nurse practitioner (NP) workforce is still an untapped resource, according to theAustralian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP).

Aged care


Aged to get more funding - Cunliffe

Labour is looking to establish a Commissioner for Older Persons and to increasing funding for care for the elderly, leader David Cunliffe told an Age Concern conference yesterday.


Age no barrier in breast cancer

Ninety per cent of New Zealand women fail to realise that when it comes to age, breast cancer doesn't discriminate.


New interactive tool “Screen70+” helps older women decide whether or not to have mammograms

The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation today launched Screen70+, an interactive online decision aid to help women over 70 – and their GPS – decide if they should continue with screening mammograms.

New framework works towards a world without dementia

Alzheimers New Zealand has launched a new framework that will see organisations within the New Zealand dementia community working together more closely, with a shared direction and towards a shared vision.

Mental health


Rural depression given a voice

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the expansion of the National Depression Initiative (NDI) to include voices from rural communities.


Competition 'key to improving patients' access' to medicines

PHARMAC has announced its intention to test out a contestable fund for high cost medicines for rare disorders, which could be seeking proposals from pharmaceutical companies by the end of 2014.


Public health

$3.5 million funding boost for colonoscopies

Health Minister Tony Ryall says up to $3.5 million is being allocated for extra colonoscopies - the latest announcement in the government’s drive to improve diagnostic services in New Zealand.

Work and management


10 Tips on Being a Nurse Mentor

Nursing students and new graduates face a real challenge entering the field of nursing. Mentoring new nurses is a chance for more experienced professionals to take a new graduate ‘under their wing’ and make them feel an important part of the team.


Social media

More on Bullying

Ever since I wrote my blogpost on bullying, people have been commenting or tweeting or linking in with me about the issue.  –

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Health and wellness

Need stress relief? Try the 4 A's

Expand your stress management tool kit by mastering these four strategies for coping with stress: avoid, alter, accept and adapt.

Articles of interest

Bridging nursing's digital generation gap

Today's hospital workforce consists of four unique generations: traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X, and generation Y. Economic instability has driven nurses from earlier generations to return to the workforce or delay their retirement. Unifying the expertise of multiple generations at the bedside creates an age-diverse environment that presents a challenge to motivate and manage. Each generation brings a unique set of values, traits, and worldviews to the workplace. - See more at:


Changing Tides: Improving Outcomes Through Mentorship on All Levels of Nursing

Critical care nursing is one of the most stressful specialties in the nursing profession. The demands of the specialty can lead to frustration and burnout at very high rates. High-quality, effective mentorship can be a valuable tool in recruiting and retaining nurses for these areas as well as improving their sense of job satisfaction. However, it must be understood that effective mentorship begins with the organizational culture and must have organizational buy-in to be successful. Also, because of the nursing shortage and high turnover in the critical care units, new graduates are frequently hired into these areas. Mentorship for these new nurses is crucial to their success and retention as a new employee. If we do not foster growth and development of young nurses, they may flounder, become extremely frustrated, and seek out new alternative employment settings. Mentoring new graduates may begin as early as their first exposure to critical care nursing in their undergraduate nursing program as it did for this author (T.K.R.). My critical care nurse faculty is the reason I entered critical care nursing and is now the reason that I have branched into education. The information in this article is not only pertinent to those working in critical care; it can be utilized and explored on all levels of nursing. Through effective mentorship, we can positively impact our healthcare organizations; improve job satisfaction; and promote professional development and empowerment in students, new graduates, staff nurses, educators, nurse leaders, and nurse faculty. Most importantly, mentoring can result in improved nursing care, high-quality healthcare, and improved patient outcomes. - See more at:

Online resources

Workplace Violence Research

The health care industry leads all other sectors in the incidence of nonfatal workplace assaults, and the emergency department is a particularly vulnerable setting. Workplace violence is a significant occupational hazard facing emergency nurses. This page highlights ENA’s research on workplace violence.


Patient Safety Tool: Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence and Patient- and Family-Centered Care With The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission has updated its monograph, Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence and Patient- and Family-Centered Care With The Joint Commission.

The monograph was developed to assist hospitals in integrating communication and cultural sensitivity with patient-centered care, through recommendations, tips for meeting standards and requirements and guidance to supplemental information.

From the Ministry of  Health

Well Child / Tamariki Ora Programme Practitioner Handbook 2013

The Well Child / Tamariki Ora programme is a package of health services offered to all New Zealand families and whānau for children from birth to years years. The Handbook helps and supports all providers who deliver Well Child /Tamariki Ora services in accordance with the Well Child / Tamariki Oraschedule.

The Handbook is complementary to the Well Child / Tamariki Ora Health Book for parents.

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 15 April 2014


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