News bulletin 3 Sept 2014

on 3 September


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 218  Wednesday 3 September 2014


From NZ media this week

Overcoming staff shortages needs new approach
District health boards urgently need to think outside the square to alleviate a chronic shortage of specialists in public hospitals, a Manawatu nursing expert says.
New Zealand's public health system is under pressure with people struggling to get on waiting lists to see specialists, senior doctors working longer and harder to cover staff shortages, hospitals struggling to retain staff, and a reliance on international medical graduates, a report released by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says.

Nurse's skills give GP vital support
Daunting, yet fun are the words Jane Dutton uses to describe being Wanganui's first nurse practitioner.

Kiwi nurses on Ebola front line
New Zealand Red Cross nurses fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are unable to work inside the hospital where they are based because it is too dangerous.

Clinic making a difference in the Solomons
Hawkes Bays leading appearance and cosmetic medicine practice, Peak Appearance has partnered with Interplast Australia and New Zealand to sponsor a nurse educator training programme in the Solomon Islands.MEDIA RELEASE

From international media sources this week

Antimicrobial scrubs have built-in protection for nurses
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NBC/KSHB) — Some Kansas City-area nursing students are sporting new scrubs that also protect them. Park University is the first in the Midwest to use the antimicrobial uniform.

Overseas nurses and midwives 'face shorter assessments'
Nurses and midwives who complete their training in hospitals outside Europe will now face shorter tests to check they are fit to work in the UK.

Number of EU nurses in UK hospitals doubles in four years: Fears of patients being put at risk because of language problems
There are 20,914 nurses from EU working in hospitals and care homes here
Rules state testing English skills would contravene 'free movement' laws
Hospitals have been taking on nursing staff in wake of Mid Staffs scandal

Rest home and novice nurse faulted over woman's death
A rest home company and an inexperienced graduate nurse have been faulted over the death of an elderly woman from dehydration and other disorders.

DHB specific

Health Minister approves South Island Patient Information Care System
The South Island Alliance, a collaboration of the five South Island DHBs, is one-step closer to realising its vision for a more efficient and sustainable South Island health and disability system, as one of its core IT programmes has been signed off by the Minister of Health.

Health research

Study on causes of rheumatic fever gets underway in Auckland
Media release from Otago University
A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week.

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

$80m bill for binge-drinking
Booze-related hospital admissions in Canterbury are climbing at a cost of about $80 million a year, a new report says.

Election 2014

NZ Medical Journal
VOL 127 NO 1401: 29 AUGUST 2014
What are the Health Policies of the next New Zealand Government?
Frank A Frizelle, Annette King, Kevin Hague, Tony Ryall

Articles of interest

The new clinical leadership role of senior charge nurses: a mixed methods study of their views and experience
To investigate the experience and views of senior charge nurses in relation to the implementation of a national clinical leadership policy.

Simulations in nursing practice: toward authentic leadership
Aim  This study explores nurses’ ethical decision-making in team simulations in order to identify the benefits of these simulations for authentic leadership.

Testing the effects of an empowerment-based leadership development programme: part 2 – staff outcomes
To determine if nurse leaders' attendance at a leadership development programme based on an empowerment framework would increase staff perceptions of organisational support and organisational commitment.

Perceptions of structural empowerment: nurse leaders in rural health services
To provide insight into the perceptions of structural empowerment of nurse leaders working in rural and regional Victoria, Australia.

‘I'm actually being the grown-up now’: leadership, maturity and professional identity development
This study reports on an evaluation of an in-house nursing and midwifery leadership programme within a New Zealand District Health Board aimed at improving leadership capacity within clinical environments.

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Reports online

Medicinal use of cannabis:
Background and Information Paper
The paper provides an overview of what is known about medicinal cannabis use in Australia, the current state of the scientific and medical evidence for its use, and problems with the current situation in Australia. We then explore some current responses. Given the complexities of this issue we are not yet seeking to provide specific guidance on how to resolve the problems, but rather to identify areas that require further action or investigation.

New publications

The Privacy Commissioner has released new guidance on data breaches.
The guidance includes suggestions for preventing common mistakes that lead to unauthorised or accidental access to or disclosure of personal information, and advice on what to do when a breach happens.  Click hereto access the guidance.

The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) has issued a new guidance document on ethical issues in advance care planning.
The guidance is primarily aimed at health professionals, and includes case studies with practical solutions for resolving ethical issues.  The guidance can be accessed here

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 2 Sept  2014

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