News bulletin 11 June

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Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 206 Wednesday 11 June 2014

From NZ media this week

The unsung heroes of New Zealand's emergency departments
The sights, the sounds and the carnage that frontline staff are confronted with every weekend make them unsung heroes. 
Campbell Live wanted to see first-hand what they have to put up with, and so sent reporters to three different emergency departments – in the Waikato, Wellington and Dunedin.

Nurse wins case against Council after three years of 'misery'
A nurse who quit her job after being overheard speaking about whether an elderly woman should be resuscitated has won an end to a formal investigation that has dragged on for nearly three years and caused her "misery".

Indigenous nurses hui planned
Plans are underway for the first ever Aotearoa Indigenous Nurses hui in Auckland.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation will host the conference in August, in conjunction with its annual general meeting.

District has more nurses and doctors
There are 17 more doctors and 25 more nurses employed by the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) now than in 2008.

More doctors and nurses for Bay
Bay of Plenty patients are reaping the rewards of having more doctors and nurses at their bedside, according to Minister of Health and Bay MP Tony Ryall.

Six-hour waiting times tackled
Lakes District Health Board is putting several new measures in place to reduce the number of people spending more than six hours in the emergency department.

Rate your GP surveys under consideration
Is your doctor a polite professional or a fumbling flirt?
Soon you will be able to tell them what you think, with the Government considering introducing nationwide rate-my-GP surveys for patients.

Maori hospital admissions high
Health professionals have been told the majority of the country's hospital admissions are Maori.
Nationally, tangata whenua made up about 111,000 of the country's 168,000 in 2011-2012, according to figures released by Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Patient opposes dogs in GP clinic
Bad hygiene or good therapeutic value?
A patient complaint over two dogs in a West Coast doctor's consultation room has sparked a dispute over the lack of legislation governing animals in medical practices.

International media

'Mock patients' aid trainee nurses' hands-on experience
Deakin University is embracing a novel way of teaching hands-on patient interaction to budding nurses through the use of live stand-ins or ‘mock patients’ instead of inanimate models for training purposes.

How to champion the cause
Maryanne Sapio, vice president of federal government affairs at AANP, says NPs are needed to help change the future of healthcare delivery. “Nurse practitioners are the champions we need to advocate for legislation that will modernize the Medicare program to reflect the services and care that nurse practitioners are providing.”

ANA Backs Federal Nurse Staffing Bill
A Senate bill calls for unit-by-unit staffing plans and publicly reporting those staffing plans, but stops short of dictating mandated nurse-patient ratios.

Leading Change in Healthcare
LEADERSHIP It’s important not only to recognize the many roles that nurses play, but also to encourage young people to pursue careers in this rewarding and vital profession.
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New study shows nurses believe they have high patient loads
BOSTON (WWLP) - Health care has taken a huge hit in western Massachusetts with the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital and infant deaths at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. To add to growing concerns, an independent study conducted just last month shows nearly 80% of registered nurses believe hospital care is getting worse, and they say it is because of high patient loads.

Allocate Software Launches New Nurse Rostering Software
LONDON (Alliance News) - Allocate Software PLC Thursday said it will launch its SafeCare-All-the-Time product at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference in Liverpool.

Spotlight on nurse anesthetists in Clinical Scholars Review
As a profession, nurse anesthesia is at a tipping point. While recent federal legislation and changes to the U.S. Medicareprogram have expanded opportunities for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide care to more patients and receive reimbursement for their services, many states still restrict their scope of practice and limit their pay. A special section in the current issue of Clinical Scholars Review, the journal of advanced practice nursing published by Columbia Nursing, explores how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) empowers CRNAs to help make anesthesia services more accessible to patients, while also highlighting laws in New York and other states that may impede the expanded access to care envisioned by ACA.

Public health

Obesity epidemic at 'crisis' point
New Zealand is fat, getting fatter, and doctors say urgent action needs to be taken.
The New Zealand Medical Association, which represents thousands of doctors, says the soaring obesity rate is now a "public health crisis".

Support for call to tackle obesity
The national association of kura kaupapa Maori is backing calls for government policy to support community programmes trying to tackle obesity.

Rheumatic heart disease hidden danger
Heart tests on Wellington schoolchildren have picked up four cases of previously undetected rheumatic heart disease for each known case of rheumatic fever.

Many with bowel cancer unaware
Many people could be living with undiagnosed bowel cancer, one of the country's leading bowel surgeons says.

Experts demand bowel cancer action
New Zealanders are dying while a 16-year "talkfest" continues about whether to screen for bowel cancer, according to a Canterbury surgeon.

What heart patients need to know
Many leave hospital without all the info, study shows.

Thyroid cancer risk in NZ 'highest among Pacific women'
Just-published research shows Pacific women have the highest rates of thyroid cancer in New Zealand.
Published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, the University of Otago Wellington study linked Census and cancer registration data to calculate incidence rates of the disease between 1981 and 2004, with a total of 2541 thyroid cancers included in the study period.

Health research

Health research gets $78m Govt shot in the arm
Maternal brain and Huntington’s projects among those to gain funds.

Where Government health grants have been spent
Research spanning the effects of hormones on a pregnant mother's brain to the potentially negative health effects that pets may have on families can begin, thanks to the latest round of funding for health projects.

Social media

Committed nurses cope with stress by dehumanising themselves and their patients - Italian study
Nursing must be one of the most stressful professions. Not only are the hours long and the work challenging, many nurses are exposed routinely to patient suffering and death. A new study conducted in Italy finds that nurses appear to cope by seeing themselves and their patients as less than fully human.

HCLDR Highlight: Barriers to Aging Adults Adopting e-Patient Approach
Wouldn't it be great if older adults -- and their families -- could leverage the Internet, and perhaps some technology tools, to better manage their health and wellbeing?

Articles of interest

"Room of Errors" Saves Lives
Modern medicine can be complicated - relying on high-tech procedures and multiple medications, so it’s no surprise that medical mistakes occur.  One study estimates they lead to 400,000 preventable deaths a year and ten times as many serious injuries.  To attack that problem, the University of Virginia Medical Center has launched a pilot program called “The Room of Errors.”

"Situation Room" for Patient Safety
The University of Virginia Medical Center admits more than 28,000 patients a year and does nearly 54,000 outpatient surgeries.

Publications and Reports online

Limit spread of blood-borne viruses among steroid users
Needle and syringe programmes should support the growing number of image and performance enhancing drug users so they can be offered sterile equipment to reduce the spread of blood-borne viruses and infections from contaminated needles.

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 10 Jun  2014

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