News bulletin 30 April

on 30 April


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 200 Wednesday 30 April 2014

From NZ media this week

Nurse cleared over charge of hitting patient
A nurse has been cleared of a charge of hitting a patient in her care who has cerebral palsy.

Indian docs to plug A&E gaps
The National Health Service is to recruit scores of trainee doctors from India and waive normal competency tests to try to plug staff shortages in A&E departments.

Government to ban all legals highs within two weeks
The Government will ban all synthetic drugs within two weeks until they can be proven to be low-risk, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has revealed.

Cancer deaths fall but smokers face rise
The death rate from cancer has fallen over the past 25 years, but lung cancer will overtake breast cancer as the biggest killer among women within the next few years, said leading experts.

Govt refuses to set minimum price on alcohol
Justice Minister Judith Collins says Government will not set a minimum price on alcohol because it would penalise moderate drinkers, despite a report showing that the policy would provide $62 million in social benefits a year.

Alcohol price policy seen as at expense of health
An alcohol awareness group says the Government's rejection of a minimum price policy shows support for big alcohol companies at the expense of public health.

Lower drinking age increases teen crash risk
New research shows the risk of teenagers being killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash has jumped since the drinking age was lowered.

Applications open for Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship
Health professionals with an interest in the rural sector are invited to apply for this year’s the Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship, with a closing date of 1 July.

Rest home audits boost transparency
Rest home audit reports published fully online are both a good and bad thing, says Age Concern Wanganui manager Tracy Lynn.

Flood of addicts needing help expected
Hawke's Bay psychiatric and addiction services are being urged to prepare for an influx of people dealing with intense synthetic cannabis withdrawals.

Warning legal high addicts will clog system
Moves to ban legal highs are being welcomed, amid warnings a wave of former addicts will burden health services as they come off the drugs.

Caring for the elderly behind bars
Inside Rimutaka's care for elderly and disabled

International media

Lawmakers closer to approving telemedicine, more powers for nurses
TALLAHASSEE | The Florida House appears poised Friday to pass a massive health-care bill that would ensure three disputed trauma centers remain open and give long-sought powers to nurse practitioners.

17 New York nursing home workers charged
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Eight nurses and nine nurse's aides were charged Friday with endangering the welfare of a nursing home patient after a hidden camera revealed they hadn't given him medicine or checked on him at times their paperwork said they did, the attorney general's office said.

Nurses push for better hospital safety after stabbings
Weekend stabbings of two registered nurses at two separate Los Angeles hospitals heighten the need for stronger safety measures in California hospitals, nurses say.

More registered nurses step into non-traditional roles
Nurses leave hospitals to focus on population health initiatives

Bill Giving Nurses Ability To Practice Without Docs Headed To Gov.‘s Desk
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be allowed to practice independent of a doctor under legislation the House sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk Monday for a signature.

Work and management

Professional Boundaries in Nursing
As health professionals we all work under a set of ethical guidelines laid down for us through our professional body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and through the unstated expectations of the public. While boundaries are in place to protect both health professionals and patients, they are not always as clear-cut as they may first seem.

Articles of interest

Comparing nursing handover and documentation: forming one set of patient information
The aim of this study was to explore the potential for one set of patient information for nursing handover and documentation.
Communication of patient information requires two processes in nursing: a verbal summary of the patients' care and another report within the nursing notes, creating duplication.

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 29 April 2014

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