News bulletin 28 May

on 28 May

Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 204 Wednesday 28 May 2014

From NZ media this week

Nurses hit, kicked and spat at
Disturbing new figures show doctors and nurses are exposed to high rates of aggression from patients.

Calls to address patient aggression towards nurses
A call for something to be done about patient aggression in New Zealand's hospitals.

Patients abusing hospital staff
Verbal and physical abuse of hospital workers by patients is an ongoing problem and is under reported in Taranaki.

Hospital assaults concern
A survey showing 38% of public hospital staff had been assaulted in the previous year highlights matters requiring ''urgent attention'', University of Otago researchers say.

Violence rate in hospitals high: survey
Sexual assault, aggression, threats against health workers need 'urgent attention'

Hospital staff under attack
Hospitals are hotbeds of violence, with more than one-in-three staff being attacked by patients, a new study shows.

Hospital workers 'abused, bashed'
Too many workers in New Zealand's hospitals are being punched, threatened and sexually assaulted by aggressive patients, health professionals say.

WDHB appoints full-time clinical nurse specialist urology
The recent appointment of a full-time clinical nurse specialist urology has been welcomed by Whanganui District Health Board’s director of nursing Sandy Blake, the team of nurses treating urology patients in Whanganui and the Palmerston North-based urologists who hold regular clinics in Wanganui Hospital’s Outpatients Department.

Nurse aims to jab entire family
Howick Resident Gillian Davies is jabbing her entire family.
No, she's not wishing them harm, quite the opposite. Rather, she wants to protect them all from pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.

Bay nurse charged for sexual relationship with patient

A Hawke's Bay nurse is facing charges of professional misconduct for starting a sexual relationship with one of his patients, who had a number of significant mental health issues including anxiety and a history of self-harm and suicide.

New national tikanga standards for rongoa released
A new set of standards to ensure the delivery of safe, quality rongoā services has been released today, replacing the original rongoā standards developed in 1999.

Surgical Safety Checklist video released
As part of the Open for Better Care National Patient Safety Campaign, the Health Quality & Safety Commission has released a video on the use of the World Health Organisation’s surgical safety check list.

Healthcare workers gearing up to fight flu
Healthcare workers at district health boards around the country are gearing up to fight influenza or ‘flu’ this winter – and some DHBs are reporting increased uptake in influenza vaccination by their staff so far.

Concerns over combined telehealth crisis lines
(2014, May 19). Radio New Zealand: Nine to Noon. ( 21′ 49″ )
09:08 Concerns over combined telehealth crisis lines with Alistair Herring - National Director of Salvation Army Addiction Services and David Clark - Labour MP for Dunedin North.

International media

Nurses can change the picture of the profession
Nurses have the power to be a force for change in tackling the major health care challenges facing the nation, according to the Australian College of Nurses (ACN).

Surgical Infections Fly under the Radar at Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient surgeries at freestanding medical centers are growing in popularity, but for all their promise, gaps in tracking superbugs and other infections fuel concern

Hospitals look abroad in bid to beat London nurse shortage
Hospitals are recruiting overseas to fill nursing shortages on London wards.
Dozens of nurses have been hired from Spain, Italy and Portugal and health bosses are looking to recruit more.

Nurse practitioners look to ease supervision rules
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Rose Okoro, a nurse practitioner who specializes in family medicine, opened the Daystar Family Clinic in Katy last October. Seven months later, she has only enough patients to work there part time.

Nurse practitioner offers life-changing therapy
One of Faith Community Hospital's nurse practitioners, Joe Clark, is on a mission and it's a good one. Clark began his career as a nurses aid in 1988 and has since graduated with a Master of Science degree as an advanced nursing practitioner. He began working at Faith Community Hospital in June 2010.

HSJ Live 19.05.2014: Concerns emerge over nurse numeracy
Qualified nurses being turned away from jobs because of poor numeracy skills, it has been claimed, plus the rest of today’s news and comment

School nurses save money: study
(Reuters Health) - A Massachusetts program that put full-time registered nurses in schools more than paid for itself by averting medical costs and lost work for parents and teachers, according to a new study.

Autism link to vaccines dismissed by studies of more than a million children
Australian researchers collated all available studies on the issue and found no connection

Reducing residents' work hours may have unintended consequences
Medical residents in Canada may work longer hours per shift and per week than their counterparts in Europe, Australia and New Zealand but there is conflicting evidence whether shorter shifts improve patient safety, a new study has found.

Aged care

New guides for employers and migrants in the aged care sector
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has launched two new guides containing useful tips and information for migrant workers and their employers in the Aged Care sector.

Rest home death: Victim's care 'fell short'
The care provided to an elderly woman who died following a horrific rest home accident "fell short", a coroner has found.

DHB specific

Health translation bill rises in 'superdiverse' Auckland
Auckland's health boards are spending millions each year on translation services catering to more than 85 ethnic groups who have little or no knowledge of English.

Cutting service isn't safe: GPs
Napier GPs are urging people to pressure the Hawke's Bay District Health Board (DHB) to continue funding an after-hours urgent nursing service in Napier.

Hospital 'too tidy' to spend $120m
Health spending advisers have suggested Palmerston North Hospital is looking too tidy to warrant a proposed $120 million makeover.

Hospital staff offer cost-cutting ideas
A cost-cutting meeting has been held for all Wellington Hospital staff, at which suggestions ranged from car pooling to ordering fewer medical supplies.

Mental health

People using mental health services 'dying prematurely'
People using mental health services in New Zealand are dying prematurely from both natural and external causes, a new University of Otago Wellington study has revealed.

Suicide reporting law to change
The Government will move to open up aspects of suicide reporting, in an effort to lower the number of self-inflicted deaths.

Bullying effects linger for adults
The wounds of childhood bullying last for decades - in both the health of victims and their bullies, a new study shows


Dangers of purchasing medicines over the Internet highlighted
Medsafe is re-emphasising its warning about the dangers of buying medicines online following a joint Medsafe and Customs operation on substandard, illegal or counterfeit medicines crossing the border.

Health Ministry 'needs to act to reduce antibiotic use'
Targets to reduce antibiotic use are urgently needed, according to new research from the University of Auckland.
The Ministry of Health needs to step up efforts to reduce antibiotic consumption in New Zealand by setting reduction targets and then reporting on progress towards these by each of the country’s District Health Boards, says Associate Professor Mark Thomas from the University’s Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology.

Public health

Extra support for Aucklanders with pre-diabetes
Aucklanders at risk of diabetes have a new nutrition and activity programme available to help them to improve their health.

Children trip up rheumatic fever campaign
The multimillion-dollar fight against rheumatic fever is being undermined by children not taking their medicine.

New treatment funded for severe gout
Patients with severe gout will soon have a new treatment option as PHARMAC will be funding febuxostat (Adenuric) from 1 June 2014.

World Smokefree Day - 31 May - Empowering Whānau to Quit Smoking
The Government has goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 meaning that less than five per cent of New Zealanders will smoke and tobacco will be difficult to sell and supply.

Men’s Health Week, 9-15 June, 2014
Men’s Health Week is underway again this year to encourage New Zealand men to proactively take charge and improve their health and wellbeing.

Health research

$30k research to understand concussion injuries
A Hutt Hospital emergency department nurse is hoping his ground breaking research will help people better understand concussion.

Social health

Mental health wards clogged with the homeless
An entire ward of mental health patients are living in a hospital to avoid homelessness, costing the Canterbury District Health Board at least $13,000 a night.


Budget 2014: $40m for anti-obesity initiative
Encouraging families to live healthy, active lives is part of the Government’s approach to reducing obesity in New Zealand.$40m-for-anti-obesity-initiative.aspx

Health system crushed by overweight
A morbidly obese teenager weighing 270kg was crushed and killed by the weight of his own body in the intensive care unit.

Sir Peter Gluckman to lead global attack on Childhood Obesity 
Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation announced at the World Health Assembly on Monday in Geneva, the establishment of a Commission to end Childhood Obesity. Dr. Chan has named Sir Peter Gluckman, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Dr Sania Nishtar, a renowned public health scientist and former Minister of Science and Education of Pakistan, to co-chair the Commission.

Work and management

Spotlight on domestic violence
Bill asks employers to do more for staff under stress at home.

Health and wellness

Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress
Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance.

Articles of interest

Risky business
Nurses must be aware of social networking pitfalls
For anyone who has ventured into the world of social media, the initial sense of thrill is hard to forget. After entering an email address and password to open a social networking account, users discover infinite possibilities for connecting and re-connecting with friends, co-workers, relatives and people across the world.

EMERGING INFECTIONS: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
January 2014  
Volume 114  Number 1 
Pages 56 - 59 - 
Epidemiology on the ground identifies and tracks a new respiratory virus. -
See more at:

Sexual assault can happen in your institution: Are you prepared?
Nursing Management
May 2014  
Volume 45  Number 5 
Pages 30 - 37 –
Sexual assault can play out many different ways; the nurse may have just medicated a patient with opioids for post-op pain. When the patient wakes up, a stranger is touching her breast. She screams and he disappears into his relative's room, two doors down. How would you handle this in your facility? –

Publications and Reports online

Kaiawhina Support Worker Workforce Action Plan
Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) and Careerforce are working together to develop a workforce action plan that will focus on the development of the health and disability Kaiāwhina/non-regulated workforce.

Report examines RN work environments
A new "Charting Nursing's Future" brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation details a series of programs designed by and for nurses that have “spurred the creation of work environments that foster healthcare quality and patient safety” 10 years after a landmark Institute of Medicine report.

From the Ministry of  Health

Indicators for the Well Child / Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement Framework – March 2014
The Ministry of Health, in partnership with sector expert advisors, developed the Well Child/Tamariki Ora (WCTO) Quality Improvement Framework, drawing on New Zealand and international research.
The Framework has three high-level aims, focusing on family/whānauexperience, population health and best value for the health system resource and sets quality indicators to audit health system performance.
This is the second publication of the WCTO Quality Indicators which show areas of excellence and areas for improvement. The WCTO Quality Indicators support the Ministry, DHBs and providers of WCTO and related child health services to identify and prioritise areas for national and local quality improvement.

Tikanga ā-Rongoā
Providing safe and quality rongoā care to tūroro is paramount to the wellbeing of our communities.
The development of this document has been a collaborative journey with representatives from the rongoā sector that defines a benchmark of excellence to deliver safe and quality rongoā services.
This voluntary standard provides clear requirements for providers. It encourages and supports consistency of quality rongoā care and the ongoing development of the rongoā workforce. Guidance is provided in separate toolkits on how these requirements can be achieved.

Te Ohonga Ake: The Determinants of Health for Māori Children and Young People
This report explores the determinants of Māori infants, children and young people using a range of routinely collected data sources.
Te Ohonga Ake: The Determinants of Health for Māori Children and Young People in New Zealand provides an overview of the underlying social determinants that influence the health and wellbeing of Māori children and young people.
Determinants are considered using four main sections covering the wider macroeconomic and policy context; socioeconomic and cultural determinants; risk and protective factors; and health outcomes as determinants.

Professional development

Tackling determinants, changing behaviours symposium
This free symposium is taking place on Tuesday 3 June at the University of Auckland. This event brings together international and local experts to present on current research on the determinants of health and behaviour change in improving population health and reducing health inequalities.

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 27 May  2014

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