News bulletin 30 July

on 30 July


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 213 Wednesday 30 Jul 2014

From NZ media this week

Another treatment role for 'super nurse'
"Super nurse" Lou Roebuck has added another string to her bow.
She is now qualified to treat reproductive and sexual health, she said.
"It's very exciting."

Rhoda Read nurses defibrillator training saves Berkeley’s life
Retired Pateronga farmer Berkeley Clark, 83, is living proof training for saving lives is just as important as actually saving them.
He was visiting his now late mother-in-law Lois Hart at Rhoda Read Continuing Care in Morrinsville on 21 June when he collapsed and fell at the doorway.

Nurse used same needle on two patients
A nurse who used the same needle on two patients and failed to tell the second patient of the error for days has been referred to the Nursing Council for a possible review of her competenc

Call for review after syringe re-used
The Health and Disability Commissioner has recommended the Nursing Council reviews whether a nurse is fit to work after she injected a woman with a used syringe and then went on leave without telling her.

Nurses to perform bowel cancer tests
The Government has announced some nurses will be trained to perform bowel-cancer tests as a crisis due to a shortage of medical specialists grows.

Whanau links helping hospital
At the rugby, at church, on Facebook or listening to the radio, Maori and Pacific Island patients cannot avoid reminders of their Hutt Hospital appointments

Spotlight on hepatitis
As the Manawatu hepatitis community nurse, Marty Graham sees first hand what can happen when someone waits to get tested for hepatitis.
Today marks the seventh World Hepatitis Day, which is one of only four official disease-specific world health days, held in partnership with the World Health Organisation.

Asthma Foundation to fund New Zealand Asthma Guidelines which will not 'sit on the shelf'
The Asthma Foundation is committed to improving respiratory health for Maori. One way to achieve this is through updating the now out-of-date Guidelines for Asthma (last updated in 2002).

Kiwi nurse helps wounded in 'intense' Gaza conflict
A New Zealand nurse working in Gaza says experiencing the conflict first-hand is difficult, but she is coping by doing everything she can to help the situation.

Patient no-shows squander millions
Tens of thousands of patients are failing to show up for their appointments every year, costing the public health system millions.

Whanau links helping hospital
At the rugby, at church, on Facebook or listening to the radio, Maori and Pacific Island patients cannot avoid reminders of their Hutt Hospital appointments

International media

NICE unveils safe staffing plans for nursing care in wards
NICE has published new guidance setting out ‘red flag events’ which warn when nurses in charge of shifts must act immediately to ensure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients on that ward.

With all handoffs, fumbles can happen.
When those mishaps occur in a hospital and involve young patients, the consequences can be especially dire.
According to new national research led by a critical care doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital, establishing standardized ways to transfer patient care during shift changes or between units can reduce “handoff-related care failures” by nearly 70 percent.

Nursing homes turn to hospice care to help residents near death
Nursing homes are adding separate hospice units to offer terminally ill patients pain and symptom relief, as well as higher quality of life, during their last days

Nurses up in arms against BMC's new recruitment policy
The civic body is in trouble for giving stepmotherly treatment to nurses who served during a spurt of infectious diseases two years ago. Thirty-two nurses, who had served on contract in civic hospitals, have come out in protest against BMC's latest nurses recruitment policy.

New York law offers nurses more recognition, responsibility
If past experience is anything to go by, nurse practitioners in New York State are about to get a lot more recognition for their contributions to primary care. To improve the practice environment, managers should make efforts to establish a clear NP role within their organization and promote the visibility of NPs, an author says. Managers should also focus on improving the relationship between NPs and administrators and opening the channels of communications.

Why nurses are the new auto workers
CAR manufacturing was the defining industry of the 20th century. In the 21st it is health care. Health spending comprised 17% of America’s GDP in 2012. About one in ten workers are employed in the health sector. These workers have the crucial job of making American health care more efficient, probably the country’s top domestic challenge. Those who are not doctors have a particularly important role—nurses and lesser-trained workers can monitor and care for patients out of hospital, which should result in better quality of life for patients and lower costs for everyone else. But just as the car industry was the 20th century’s main battleground for fights over labour, it is increasingly clear that health workers will be at the centre of the latest bitter conflict.

SF faces shortage of skilled nursing care beds as demand rises 
San Francisco is running out of hospital beds for inpatients requiring skilled nursing care, a shortage exacerbated by one of The City’s major healthcare provider’s hospital upgrades.

What's the world's biggest health risk?
As Ebola, Mers and HIV/Aids make headlines, what are the biggest risks to the world's health? And what is being done about them?

Aged care

In Demand” Gerontology Nurses’ Conference from The Selwyn Foundation, 13 August 2014
The Selwyn Foundation’s annual gerontology nurses’ conference (13 August 2014, 7.30am to 5.00pm, at the Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland) is likely to be the largest yet.

Elderly migrant abuse hidden problem
Social workers in Auckland say there's a hidden but growing problem of abuse against elderly migrants, who are living in constant dread and loneliness.

Rest home investigation report embargoed
A Waikato rest home where a resident allegedly suffered repeated falls has been investigated by authorities but its report has been embargoed as confidential, at least until October.

DHB specific

New outreach clinics to help Pasifika
New outreach clinics have been set up by the Central PHO to provide easy access to health services for Pasifika people in the MDHB region.

Pink envelopes smooth transition to hospital
Transferring patient information between aged residential care providers and Palmerston North Hospital emergency services and wards has been made easier with the implementation of a bright ‘pink envelope’ service.

Public health

Check with your doctor whether you and your family have been fully immunised against measles – especially if you are travelling overseas or were born after 1968.

Rise of measles linked to report
A discredited claim that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism and bowel disease could be the reason for the spread of measles in the latest outbreak, a health official says.

Experts urge skin cancers be logged
Thousands of lives could be at risk from a skin cancer epidemic, with experts pleading with the Ministry of Health to take action.

Liver cancer numbers to double
The number of people who develop liver cancer each year is expected to double within six years, unless New Zealand takes full advantage of the coming revolution in medicines to treat hepatitis C.

Expert urges fresh look at flu fight
Doctor wants kids to get vaccine used in UK, US after study shows poor protection.

Work and management

Small Changes That Can Make a Big Difference in Meeting Participation –
Some years ago, we were having difficulty in meetings with participation of members. Some members monopolized the time, and some did not speak at all. Some felt intimidated. Some were bored and daydreamed. Some felt they were not being heard. Some felt they had nothing to offer, and many felt that this was "just another meeting and a waste of time." Although the leader worked to deal with each of these situations in turn, we came up with an easy way to remind staff of the "ground rules" set for the meeting. I was reminded of this recently when one of my colleagues asked for help with running a productive meeting where everyone participates. I shared with her a number of things we had done to help deal with this problem. - See more at:

Health and wellness

Expert urges fresh look at flu fight
Doctor wants kids to get vaccine used in UK, US after study shows poor protection.

Articles of interest

The Preceptor Experience: The Impact of the Vermont Nurse Internship Project/Partnership Model on Nursing Orientation –
The purpose of this article is to share the experience of implementation of a preceptor initiative in a large, diverse nursing department. The current literature, program selection, educational workshops, committee structure, and departmental support needed to implement a house-wide preceptor initiative are reviewed, and the results of the research project that was conducted are discussed. - See more at:

The Research Process and Simulation in Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not –
Healthcare providers may not have a clear understanding of the research process. This article serves as a resource for nurse educators new to simulation-based research and describes the process for simulation-based nursing research. Differences between research and other projects are described and examples of simulation use in research are provided. Ultimately, simulation-based nursing research results will aid in the delivery of safe and high-quality patient care. - See more at:

Nurse Leaders’ Perceptions of the Value of a Nurse Residency Program
The benefits of nurse residency programs are well documented from the perspective of the nurse resident. To justify the resource investments of time and money, effectiveness and value for all stakeholders must be measured. The purpose of this study was to examine nurse leaders' perceptions of effectiveness and return on investment of a nurse residency program. The investigators found that hospitals may experience a return on investment and nurses' enculturation occurred more quickly. - See more at:

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 Jul 2014

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