News bulletin 2 July

on 2 July


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 209 Wednesday 2 Jul 2014

From NZ media this week

Boost for nurses, relief for GPs
Changes to nurse practitioners' prescribing authority for drugs will increase access to healthcare and take pressure off GPs, Manawatu nursing experts say.

Nurse aims to jab entire family

In a bid to fight the country's whooping cough epidemic, an Auckland nurse is ensuring her entire family is immunised against the disease.

Thousands not on list: Grey Power
Grey Power is preparing to bombard the Government with examples of "failures" in its elective-surgery programme.

High rate of chlamydia in teens
"Staggeringly high" rates of chlamydia have been reported among New Zealand teenage girls.

Committee calls for radical change towards family violence

The fourth report from the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) calls for a radical change in the way New Zealand responds to its most dangerous and chronic cases of family violence.

International media

Nurse endoscopists for Queensland
A number of Queensland hospitals will soon be home to nurse endoscopists as part of a long-term plan to reduce public waiting lists for endoscopy services.

Specialist team to handle mental health emergency call-outs
Mental health nurses are to work with police and paramedics to deal with emergency call-outs in Lincolnshire.
The pilot street triage scheme will see mental health nurses and paramedics attending incidents where police officers believe people need immediate mental health support.

New overseas registration process will enhance public protection
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will introduce a new registration process for nurses who trained outside the EEA in autumn 2014 which will enhance public protection.

NMC Code set to highlight importance of delivering fundamental care to both living and dying
People in their final days and hours of life can expect to receive the high standard of care afforded to any person needing to be looked after by nurses.

Aged care

 Our dirty little secret - abuse of elderly
Elder abuse is gathering attention as the country's quiet crime, and one aged care specialist says not enough is happening to prevent it.

$18 million for improving care for rest home residents
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew today announced additional investment of $18 million to further improve the care of rest home residents throughout the countr$18-million-for-improving-care-for-rest-home-residents.aspx

DHB specific

Patients to give feedback on care
Patients in the top of the south will soon be encouraged to rate their stay in hospital.

Public health

Rotavirus vaccine now free for all babies
A newly state-funded vaccine that becomes available for babies today is expected to avoid up to 1200 children's hospital admissions each year and prevent tens of thousands more cases of illness.

How to reduce cancer death rates
Cancer was the leading cause of death in New Zealand in 2010, accounting for nearly a third of all deaths.
That’s an increase of nearly 13% between 2000 and 2010.

Bowel-cancer scheme faces staff shortages
New Zealand is facing a bowel-cancer crisis, experts say, as medical specialists struggle to keep up with the demand for screening and figures show the Ministry of Health is expecting to be able to recruit a little more than 40 staff over the next decade.

Scrap breast screening for under 50s, say experts
Breast screening for women under 50 should be scrapped, public health experts say, amid growing evidence that some are receiving unnecessary surgery

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

Decline in funding for mass media campaigns undermines smokefree 2025 goal
A steady decline in funding for mass media campaigns to promote smoking reduction is undermining the Government’s goal to achieve a smokefree New Zealand by 2025, warn ASPIRE 2025 researchers.

Articles of interest

The Intentional Development of Nurses as Leaders: A Proposed Framework
In their 2010 report on The Future of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine called for nurses to be prepared to lead in all areas of healthcare. However, the nursing profession lacks consensus on a framework to guide the development of nurses as leaders and has yet to define essential leader competencies. This article reviews the Army's intentional, sequential, and progressive leader development program that is grounded in essential leader competencies. The applicability of this model to nursing is discussed, and examples of how it could be applied are highlighted. This article proposes the use of the military framework as a successful model for the intentional development of nurses as leaders to meet the triple aims of better care for patients, better health for populations, and reduced costs of care through more efficient use of resources. -
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The Influence of Nursing Unit Empowerment and Social Capital on Unit Effectiveness and Nurse Perceptions of Patient Care Quality
OBJECTIVE: This study tested a multilevel model examining the effects of work-unit structural empowerment and social capital on perceptions of unit effectiveness and nurses' ratings of patient care quality.

BACKGROUND: Structural empowerment and social capital are valuable resources for staff nurses that promote work effectiveness and high-quality patient care. No studies have examined social capital in nursing at the group level.

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From the Ministry of  Health

Equity of Health Care for Māori: A framework
Equity of Health Care for Māori: A framework guides health practitioners, health organisations and the health system to achieve equitable health care for Māori.
There are three actions that support the framework.
Leadership: by championing the provision of high quality health care that delivers equitable health outcomes for Māori.
Knowledge: by developing a knowledge base about ways to effectively deliver and monitor high quality health care for Māori.
Commitment: to providing high quality health care that meets the health care needs and aspirations of Māori.
The framework is based upon current literature in the field of quality improvement and research on improving access to health services for Māori, indigenous peoples and minority ethnic groups. The research was undertaken by Dr Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd) and focused on diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular services – areas of high morbidity and mortality for Māori. It involved international and national literature reviews and key informant interviews.

The Health of Māori Adults and Children, 2011–2013
This four-page report presents key findings on the health and wellbeing of Māori adults and children (2011–2013) and shows trends since 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS). Pooling data from the 2011/12 and 2012/13 NZHS improves the precision of estimates for Māori due to bigger sample sizes.

Key findings
Health behaviours and risk factors
One in five Māori children and two in five Māori adults were obese
Māori adults had similar levels to non-Māori adults for being physically active (53%)
Two in five Māori adults smoked

Health conditions
Almost all (97%) Māori children were in good health, according to their parents
One in five Māori children and 16% of Māori adults took medication for asthma
The rate of diagnosed common mental disorder for Māori adults had increased since 2006/07

Access to health care
Two in five Māori adults and 27% of Māori children had an unmet need for primary health care in the past 12 months
Māori children were just as likely as non-Māori children to have visited a dental care worker in the past 12 months

For full results from the latest NZHS see the New Zealand Health Survey: Annual update of key findings 2012/13 and Regional results from the 2011-2013 New Zealand Health Survey.

The Guide to He Korowai Oranga – Māori Health Strategy
He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy sets the overarching framework to guide the Government and the health and disability to achieve the best outcomes for Māori.

He Korowai Oranga is a web-based strategy that will be updated regularly. This guide will help you to navigate the strategy and provides a description of its various elements – including its overarching aim: Pae Ora – Healthy futures forMāori.

'Ala Mo'ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014–2018

On a population basis, Pacific communities experience poor health outcomes in New Zealand. For example, Pacific male life expectancy is 6.7 years less than the total male population and Pacific female life expectancy is 6.1 years less than the total female population in New Zealand. Pacific health status remains unequal with non-Pacific across almost all chronic and infectious diseases.

To facilitate the delivery of high-quality health services that meet the needs of Pacific peoples, 'Ala Mo'ui has been developed. This edition, 'Ala Mo'ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014–2018, builds on the successes of the former plan, 'Ala Mo'ui 2010–2014. It sets out the strategic direction to address health needs of Pacific peoples and stipulates new actions, which will be delivered from 2014 to 2018.

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 1 Jul 2014
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