News bulletin 9 July

on 9 July


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 210 Wednesday 9 Jul 2014

From NZ media this week

Canterbury has its first Diabetes Nurse Specialist qualified to prescribe
With 20 years’ experience under her belt, Diabetes Nurse Specialist Lupesiliva ‘Lupe’ Tu’ulua is now able to prescribe for her patients.

Network applauds change to controlled drugs prescribing
Change to legislation which enables nurse practitioners to become authorised prescribers removes another barrier to delivering better quality health care to patients, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network deputy chair and Temuka nurse practitioner Sharon Hansen.

Nurses troubled by cost cutting at Southern DHB
NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members at Southern DHB are sceptical about CEO Carole Heatly’s statement that she will do everything in her power to cut costs at the DHB without affecting patient services.

Nurses fear impact of cost-cutting on patients
The nurses' union is sceptical of claims Southern District Health Board cost-cutting will not affect patient care.

E-health partnership at Waitemata Health (video)

Entirely online wound care course offered
Registered nurses who live and work in remote areas will now have the same access to receiving nationally recognised wound care training, thanks in part to Waikato DHB nurse practitioner Julie Betts.

Free GP no guarantee of access to health care
Free doctor's visits for children under 13 is not a surefire way to get people accessing healthcare, a Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) member says.

Pilot programme targets child health
A new programme to prevent children missing out on important health services has been welcomed by Health minister Tony Ryall.

School-Based Health Service providing better access to care
The recent expansion of the School-Based Health Service (SBHS) to decile three secondary schools is further reducing barriers that prevent students from accessing healthcare services.

International media

Supply won’t meet growing demand for primary care
Nurse practitioners Michele Knappe, left, and Julie Zimmer go over a patient’s chart at Ingalls Family Care Center in Flossmoor, Ill. Illinois lawmakers this spring rebuffed a variety of proposals that would have given more authority to nurses ahead of a surge of patients newly insured under President Obama’s health law.(Photo: M. Spencer Green, AP)

Health care crisis looms as nurses become overworked
The stress of registered nurses is a growing problem and could potentially become a major dilemma for health care systems, according to a new study.

Fixed Nurse-Patient Ratios Are Needed In More Than Just The ICU
If you have ever had a loved one in a hospital intensive care unit, you know. In that sterile scary room, the nurse can be the most important person.

Home Nurse Visits May Improve Survival of Moms, Babies
MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Home visits from nurses during pregnancy and a child's first two years help improve survival odds for both mothers and children, according to new research.

Nurse Firing Highlights Hazards of Social Media in Hospitals
One of the most dramatic scenes so far from the second season of ABC’s New York Med had nothing to do with gunshot wounds or heart transplants. It came when emergency room nurse Katie Duke was fired for posting a photo to Instagram.

Aged care

Out, proud and ready to retire
The first generation of openly out and proud gay and lesbian people are reaching retirement age and a new "silver rainbow kit" has been put together to prepare carers.

Blood test 'major step forward' in Alzheimer's
A blood test to predict if someone will develop Alzheimer's within a year has been created, in a breakthrough that raises hopes that the disease could become preventable.

Mental health

Computer game to beat depression
Canterbury has the highest number of teenagers per capita who are using a computer game to help combat depression and stress.

Schools sign up for mental health service
A team of Christchurch health professionals is helping a growing number of Canterbury schools support children and young people with mental health issues.

Public health

Deadly influenza strain back with a vengeance
Flu is on the rise with the cooling weather, leaving hospitals struggling to cope with a surge in patients.

Doctors: Climate change has become a health issue
A group of doctors are pushing for environmentally friendly answers to health problems, which will help society, not just individual patients.

Social media

Bedside Manners Commentatry
Just wanted to post this commentary that I wrote for the Journal of Interprofessional Care on our play Bedside Manners.  Hope you find it of interest. –

Health and wellness

Short rest periods between shifts linked to shift work disorder
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nurses who often return to work with less than 11 hours between shifts are at higher risk of sleep problems and severe fatigue than others, according to a new study.

Reports online

Investigating the contribution of physician assistants to primary care in England: a mixed-methods study
”PAs were found to be acceptable, effective and efficient in complementing the work of GPs.
PAs can provide a flexible addition to the primary care workforce. They offer another labour pool to consider in health professional workforce and education planning at local, regional and national levels. However, in order to maximise the contribution of PAs in primary care settings, consideration needs to be given to the appropriate level of regulation and the potential for authority to prescribe medicines.” Source: National Institute for Health Research

New publications

Fundamentals of Health Promotion for Nurses 2e
Jane Wills
This user-friendly textbook (now published in the Fundamentals Series) covers the foundations for health promotion practice.

New chapters on Long Term Conditions, Evidence-Based Practice, as well as expanded chapters on smoking, alcohol and obesity

978-1-11851577-8 | August 2014

Fundamentals of Nursing Models, Theories and Practice 2e
Hugh McKenna, Majda Pajnkihar & Fiona Murphy

This is a concise introduction to the development, application and evaluation of nursing theories, providing a useful resource for both undergraduate and Master’s students.

Includes key concept summaries and reflective exercises to aid the study of this key element of nursing courses.

978-0-470-65776-8 | May 2014

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 8 Jul 2014

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