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No. 221  Wednesday 24 September 2014

From NZ media this week

First 'Young nurse of the year' chosen
The first ever NZNO Young Nurse of Year, Plunket nurse Katrina Coleman was honoured this evening at an awards dinner in Wellington.

Nurses awarded for dedication to profession
Four nurses have been awarded for their work and dedication to the profession at a ceremony last night.

Woman given sleep pills 10 times dose
A frail elderly woman was given 10 times her recommended sleeping pills in a calculation error by a Wairau Hospital nurse, a coroner's court in Blenheim has heard.

Multiple care failings found
A frail and sick pensioner died at Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, after his third fall in five days, the Coroner's Court has heard.
Robert Ian Warren, 91, died of a bleed to his brain after falling and hitting his head on a cupboard in another patient's room on October 31 last year.

Datacom acquires stake in Canberra-based SmartWard
Datacom, one of Australasia's largest independent business technology solutions providers, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 20% stake in the innovative Canberra-based Australian health informatics company SmartWard.

NZ gets air ambulance jet
A business jet designed for VIPs on a budget has been bought by the New Zealand Air Ambulance to fly intensive care patients as far afield as Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Hospital stops meal-time checks to curb malnourishment
An Auckland hospital has got a new approach to meal times to cut the number of patients suffering malnutrition and dehydration.
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From international media sources this week

How do experienced, established nurse teams impact patient length-of-stay?
A study published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics found established nurse teams including nurses who know each other and have worked together a long time contribute to hospital productivity and shortened patients' length of stay, according to a MedPage Today report.

Nursing Times launches #proud2nurse campaign (registration required)
Nurses from all disciplines and care settings are being urged to join a social media campaign highlighting all the reasons the profession has to be proud of what it does for patients.

Faculty needed to train next generation of nurses
In October 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a report on the future of nursing initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which called for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce to 80 percent and doubling the population of nurses with doctoral degrees.

Nurses need education on advance health care directives
An educational program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to advance health care directives (AHCDs)—thus helping to ensure that patients' wishes for care at the end of life are known and respected, reports a paper in the October/DecemberJournal of Christian Nursing, official journal of the">Nurses Christian Fellowship.

Care coordination can decrease health-care use by frequent users
Better coordination of patient care between health care providers, encouraging patients to self-manage their health and other strategies can reduce use of the health care system by seniors and people with chronic conditions, according to research.

Good home care by nurses prevents hospital, nursing home admissions
In the largest study of its kind, an investigation shows that home health agencies providing organizational support to their nurses get better outcomes. The best outcomes for patients, including fewest hospitalizations and transfers to nursing homes, are achieved by home health agencies that provide supportive work environments, enabling nurses to focus on patient care.

Chaminade University to offer online bachelor's degrees for nurses
While the University of Hawaii at Manoa isdialing back its nursing program in the spring semesterChaminade University is ramping up its program by offering an online bachelor of science degree in nursing starting next summer.

Staffing crisis forces three in four hospitals to hire nurses from abroad, investigation finds 
NHS hospitals are being forced to send teams to recruit nurses from abroad
Many are bringing in groups of 30 or 40 nurses at a time to fill major gaps
Doctors are concerned that these nurses may have poor English skills   
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New York nurses press for higher staffing levels
NEW YORK (AP) — About 700 nurses and supporters rallied Wednesday outside the offices of the Greater New York Hospital Association to press for higher staffing levels at hospitals.

Online resources

Refreshed HealthEd website
(2014). Health Promotion Agency and Ministry of Health.
HealthEd has been made more user-friendly to provide a better web experience and service. You can now access the site anywhere, anytime, across various devices, eg, smartphones, tablets.

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 23 Sept  2014

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