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Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 222  Wednesday 1 October 2014


From NZ media this week

Te Kākano Nurse-Led Clinics begin
Southern nurse-led health clinics are being piloted thanks to Ministry of Health funding (Te Ruinga - spreading proven innovations) combined with Southern DHB and Southern PHO support.

Prestigious nursing award comes north
Maureen Allan, who lives at Houhora and works as the clinical manager for Whakawhiti Ora Pai, has been recognised for her years of dedication to nursing with Te Akenehi…

Nurse's sterling work rewarded
A Wanganui nurse who has spent her career fighting for workplace rights and increased safety for nurses was honoured recently by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).

Whitireia Bachelor of Nursing Maori students to graduate
The third cohort of graduands from the Bachelor of Nursing Māori programme at Whitireia will be celebrating their success at a graduation ceremony this week at the Porirua campus.

Winton trainees' top spot
Apart from providing medical services for the Central Southland community, the Winton Medical Centre is also a teaching practice for the Southern region.

Busy nurse gave patient accidental overdose
An elderly Christchurch man died after a busy nurse accidentally gave him 10 times more medication than had been prescribed.

Hospital patient takes peek at info of others
A breach of privacy by a patient in Hutt Hospital's emergency department has been referred to police.

Online health records a 'snooping risk'
The storing of millions of Kiwis' health records online is creating a growing risk of clandestine snooping, the privacy commissioner says.

Starship's $9m upgrade: Why it needs to happen
Starship's outdated operating theatres have become so cluttered with important surgical equipment that staff risk tripping on electrical cords and accidentally turning off machines.

From international media sources this week

NCSBN National Simulation Study
NCSBN conducted a landmark, national, multi-site, longitudinal study of simulation use in prelicensure nursing programs throughout the country. Collaborating with learning institutions across the U.S., NCSBN embarked on a research initiative exploring the role and outcomes of simulation in pre-licensure clinical nursing education.

35 statistics on nurse satisfaction
Nurses represent a crucial resource for delivering quality patient care and maintaining patient satisfaction, but recent surveys reveal they are experiencing a drastic increase in responsibilities, resulting in a relatively negative outlook on their profession. According to Jackson Healthcare's 2013 survey of 1,333 hospital-based registered nurses, nurses reported mounting pressure and decreased satisfaction.

Improve recording of drug allergy to reduce risk of reactions
Redesigning prescriptions to include information on drugs or drug classes that patients with known drug allergy should avoid, can reduce the risk of allergic reactions says NICE.

Brigham and Women’s nurses sue over flu shot mandate
The Massachusetts Nurses Association sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital this week, seeking to block a policy not yet in effect that would require nurses to get flu shots if they want to keep working there.

Mental health

12,000 suicide calls a year to police
Police are receiving 12,000 attempted or threatened suicide calls a year, increasing the strain on their resources.

Articles of interest

A randomized controlled trial of a nurse-led case management programme for hospital-discharged older adults with co-morbidities
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 70Issue 10pages 2257–2271October 2014
To examine the effects of a nurse-led case management programme for hospital-discharged older adults with co-morbidities.
The most significant chronic conditions today involve diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and renal systems. Previous studies have suggested that a nurse-led case management approach using either telephone follow-ups or home visits was able to improve clinical and patient outcomes for patients having a single, chronic disease, while the effects for older patients having at least two long-term conditions are unknown. A self-help programme using motivation and empowerment approaches is the framework of care in the study.

CE: Original Research: Staff Nurses' Use of Research to Facilitate Evidence-Based Practice –
Objectives: To determine to what extent RNs in an acute care multihospital system used research findings in their practice; what types of knowledge they used in their practice; and what personal, professional, and organizational factors enhanced or hindered their research utilization. - See more at:

‘Newcomer adaptation’: a lens through which to understand how nursing students fit in with the real world of practice
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 23Issue 15-16,pages 2367–2375August 2014
To present a discussion on newcomer adaptation as a lens through which to understand how nursing students adapt to clinical practice and raise awareness of strategies that can be used to enhance their learning experiences.

Hourly Rounding to Improve Nursing Responsiveness: A Systematic Review –
The aims of this study were to synthesize the evidence concerning the effect of hourly rounding programs on patient satisfaction with nursing care and discuss implications for nurse administrators.
BACKGROUND: Patient satisfaction is a key metric that influences both hospital ratings and reimbursement. Studies have suggested that purposeful nursing rounds can improve patient satisfaction, but the evidence to date has not been systematically examined.
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Online resources

Nursing and the Work Environment  (Open access)
Work environment plays an important role in the ability to provide quality nursing care. It can impact the safety of patient care and influence job satisfaction of health care staff. 
The collection of papers presented in this virtual issue highlight clinical nursing issues associated to the work environment. From issues of violence in the workplace to stress, attrition and job satisfaction these papers highlight the global importance of this topic.  From each of these papers it is clear that a healthy working environment can be influential recruitment and retention of nurses, the reduction of stress, increase care satisfaction and improve patient outcomes.
2014. VI: Work environment. JCN Journal of Clinical Nursing, edited by Professor Graeme D. Smith.

New publications

Practice Development Workbook for Nursing, Health and Social Care Teams
Jan DewingBrendan McCormackAngie Titchen
May 2014, ©2014, Wiley-Blackwell

If you’re looking to develop and improve your nursing, health or social care practice, either individually or as part of a team, the Practice Development Workbook for Nursing, Health and Social Care Teams offers a wide-ranging selection of activities, tools and resources covering vital aspects of practice development.  Written as a companion volume to the latest edition of the best-selling Practice Development in Nursing and Healthcare, this new resource grounds practice development in day-to-day nursing and health and social care through accessible, informative learning activities.  It also focuses on practical ways in which teams can make their workplace cultures more effective and person-centred, and enables practitioners to empower themselves to make compassionate care a fundamental part of effective health and social care systems.

Key features:

Offers a full range of resources and tools to support all stages of learning and development towards person-centred practice, including learning activities, templates, posters, tips and hints, information sheets, and checklists.

Includes practical advice for teams to involve patients, clients and residents in the transformation of workplace cultures and bringing about sustainable change

Perfect for use both by individuals or by those working in group settings

Presents informative and accessible information through activities and key learning points rather than just theory

Fully linked to Practice Development in Nursing and Healthcare, second edition, but can also be used as a stand-alone resource


Professional development

Announcing the DANA ‘Many Faces of Addiction’ Forum 2015

In 2015 the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia’s (DANA) annual conference  will incorporate the renowned NSW Nurses’ Forum, to bring you the DANA ‘Many Faces of Addiction’ Forum.

This dynamic nursing forum will bring together leaders in the addiction field from across Australia and New Zealand, to share their knowledge about the science of addiction and effective clinical practices. The DANA Forum theme, Many Faces of Addiction, reflects the diverse nature of addiction where the impact of drug and alcohol misuse can be viewed from multiple perspectives.

The Forum will provide a valuable opportunity for nurses and health care workers to hear from industry leaders, stay informed on current issues and join in the discussion with their colleagues. We look forward to welcoming you to Sydney.


Novotel Sydney Central
169 – 179 Thomas Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Key forum dates

Call for abstracts open 24 September 2014
Early bird registrations open 2 February 2015
Call for abstracts close 27 April 2015
Early bird registrations close 4 May 2015

Follow DANA on twitter @DANAnews1 or on the special forum hashtag #DANAForum2015

Visit the Forum  website to find out more…

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 30 Sept  2014

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