News Bulletin 26 Jan

on 26 January

 From the NZ Media this week

Unitec to mark 25 years of nursing education with special event in February
Unitec Institute of Technology is gearing itself up to mark yet another remarkable milestone 

Asthma studies looking for participants
I've been told that in one small village in the Philippines, consuming live day-old baby mice is seen as the most effective cure for asthma, however their neighbours swear by lizards. 

UN 'staggered' by NZ's infant mortality rates
The United Nations has expressed concern over shortfalls in the rights of New Zealand children, including "staggering" infant and child mortality rates and a lack representation for children in legislation. 

Frail, elderly woman scared of hospital staff
North Shore Hospital has admitted it failed Josephine Wells, following a complaint that the frail, elderly woman was ignored, treated incompetently and intimidated by staff. 

Nurses will get 'competency assessment'
Nurses found at fault in their care of Josephine Wells will undertake a re-education programme. 

Two Women to Represent Tairāwhiti on EIT Council
Two East Coast women appointed to the reconstituted Eastern Institute of Technology Council will provide robust representation for the people of Tairāwhiti, says Council Chair David Pearson. 

One man's drive to shake up rest home care
Fired up by the death of his elderly mother, Geoff Harper has gone on a one-man campaign to force improvements in rest home care. 

ACCUSATIONS THAT New Zealand is one of the worst performers in the developed world when it comes to the income gap between rich and poor have been validated by a Sunday Star-Times survey.  
Public Health Issues

Travellers on an Emirates flight into Auckland from Brisbane may have been exposed to the measles, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has warned. 

Sunbed danger ignored: survey
The danger of sunbeds is being ignored by many young New Zealanders, the Southern Cross Health Society says.

From International Media Sources

Guardian Online Series Explores Global Health Worker Issues
The Guardian reports, as part of an online feature about health care workforces worldwide done in association with the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), that "Africa is desperately short of doctors and nurses. So is much of Asia. In 57 countries, the situation is deemed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be at crisis point ... But in contrast to some other developing world problems, this is an issue that really does affect all of us. The world needs an estimated 4.2 million more health workers." 

Effective nurse leadership requires visibility
Having a nursing director who is “visible, accessible, available and responsive” is key in developing effective nurse leadership at ward level, according to Australian researchers. 

AHA Issues Recommendations for Hospital Wellness Plans
The American Hospital Association has put out “A Call to Action: Creating a Culture of Health,” with recommendations for how hospitals can create a culture of employee health and wellness. 

42 nurses suspended for not paying student loans
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — More stringent enforcement of a state statute involving federal student loans has suspended the professional licenses of dozens of Tennessee nurses 

Highmark recruits nurse practitioners as primary-care providers
Highmark is looking to hire nurse practitioners to serve as primary-care providers, the company announced this week.

Work and Management

Better Organisations
Good policies and procedures can save you
Many NFPs have Policies and Procedures; however, the salient question to consider is whether everyone within the organisation understands why they exist and how they benefit from them? A good starting point when creating or reviewing a Policy and Procedure manual is to understand what a Policy is, as opposed to a Procedure. 
Beneath the article above is this one
Stronger Society
10 steps to policy creation  

Articles of interest

ATS Issues New Guidelines for Treatment of Fungus in Pulmonary Patients
The American Thoracic Society has produced new clinical guidelines for the treatment of fungal infections in adult pulmonary and critical care patients.

 Call for abstracts

 DANA Conference 2011: Call for AbstractsPlans are well underway for the next national DANA conference which will be held in Melbourne in June 2011. Abstracts are now being called for. You can find out more information by viewing the Call for Abstracts information here.

 From the Nursing Council

Enrolled nurse transition This newsletter clarifies for enrolled nurses and employers what will happen if individual enrolled nurses do not complete the enrolled nurse transition requirements by 1 July 2011.  

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  Wednesday 26 January 2011. 

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