News bulletin 8 October

on 8 October


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 223  Wednesday 8 October 2014


From NZ media this week
Retiring nurse hails 40 years of change in cardiac care
People who get a chance at life through surgery or medical intervention but continue to abuse their bodies still upset a retiring Waikato Hospital senior nurse.

Nurses choosing better pay at DHBs
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says Maori nurses are choosing to work in district health boards over Whanau Ora health providers because of a lack of pay parity.

New nursing leader appointed to ProCare’s Māori Advisory Committee
The ProCare Health Limited Board has appointed Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens (Registered Comprehensive Nurse) to ProCare’s Māori Advisory Committee. The committee provides governance and advice to ProCare regarding the health and wellbeing of the network’s more than 87,000 Māori patients.

Nurse stole controlled drugs
A registered nurse has been caught stealing dozens of vials of medical-grade painkillers in Taranaki.

'Thousands less' for Whānau Ora work
The National Council of Māori nurses says some Māori nurses who work for Whānau Ora health providers are earning thousands of dollars less than their counterparts in district health boards.'thousands-less'-for-whanau-ora-work

A creepy way to clean wounds
Dallas Bishop's backyard insect house in Upper Hutt buzzes loudly and smells of rotting cat food.
Bishop, a forensic entomologist, has been breeding maggots for a decade and posts them around New Zealand in increasing numbers for doctors and nurses to treat patients whose wounds have failed to heal by other methods.

Patients and the impatience
'We won't send anyone away.'
It's early Saturday night and the emergency department at Taranaki Base Hospital goes into lockdown.
A patient with mental health issues wants to go home, but for his own safety medical staff want him to go to Te Puna Waiora

Patients may benefit from operating room team simulations
Shorter hospital stays and reduced complication rates may be the result of new team-orientated simulation-based training being pioneered by the University of Auckland.

Maori lead the way with health solutions
Maori are leading the way when it comes to innovative health solutions for all New Zealanders, pre-eminent Maori academic Dr Mason Durie told the NZ Population Health Congress in Auckland today.

From international media sources this week

National Nursing Shortage Fueled by Lack of Teachers
They’re often the first people you see at the doctor’s office, and the first line of defense in any ER – but America’s nursing population is shrinking fast.

U.S. Nurses Say They Are Unprepared To Handle Ebola Patients
Nurses, the frontline care providers in U.S. hospitals, say they are untrained and unprepared to handle patients arriving in their hospital emergency departments infected with Ebola.

Hospital: EHR Flaw Obscured Ebola Patient's Travel Note
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital says it has identified and modified a flaw in the way the physician and nursing portions of its electronic health records system interact.

SK registered nurses review role of licensed practical nurses
RNs say roles need to be clarified between RNs and LPNs


Call to extend breast screening
The national breast-screening programme spends about $50 million a year on mammograms for women aged 45 to 69.

Public health

Ebola unlikely in NZ, but we're ready - Goodhew
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says New Zealand is well placed to detect and respond to Ebola if it were to reach the country.

Health officials prepare for arrival of Ebola virus
Hospitals around the country are preparing tough containment procedures, including posting security guards outside isolation units, in the event of Ebola-infected travellers arriving here.

Ready and waiting for Ebola
Middlemore Hospital is gearing up to look after patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus if it arrives in the country.
Health officials say it is highly unlikely the virus will make it to New Zealand.

Websites of interest

Boomers and beyond
Helping people prepare for a later life that has meaning, purpose and joy is one of the main aims of this site. With such a huge demographic shift, encouraging people to plan for their wellbeing in retirement (or when easing off the work pedal a little) as early as possible, can help make this often difficult life transition much easier. Like financial planning for retirement, wellbeing planning works better the sooner it starts. However, we also recognise when you’re in your 50s and younger, old age can still seem a long way away. As some wit once said “old age is always 15 years older than I am”.

This site is for everyone with an interest in ageing positively. It is aligned with the Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing and also with the government’s Positive Ageing Strategy, which aims for older New Zealanders to be healthy, independent, connected and respected.

Articles of interest

How does it really feel to be in my shoes? Patients' experiences of compassion within nursing care and their perceptions of developing compassionate nurses
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 23Issue 19-20,pages 2790–2799October 2014
To understand how patients experience compassion within nursing care and explore their perceptions of developing compassionate nurses.
Compassion is a fundamental part of nursing care. Individually, nurses have a duty of care to show compassion; an absence can lead to patients feeling devalued and lacking in emotional support. Despite recent media attention, primary research around patients' experiences and perceptions of compassion in practice and its development in nursing care remains in short supply.

Nursing students' perceptions of their clinical learning environment in placements outside traditional hospital settings
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 23Issue 19-20,pages 2958–2967October 2014
To explore students' opinions of the learning environment during clinical placement in settings outside traditional hospital settings.
Clinical placement experiences may influence positively on nursing students attitudes towards the clinical setting in question. Most studies exploring the quality of clinical placements have targeted students' experience in hospital settings. The number of studies exploring students' experiences of the learning environment in healthcare settings outside of the hospital venue does not match the growing importance of such settings in the delivery of health care, nor the growing number of nurses needed in these venues.

Reports online

Transition care for older people leaving hospital
The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare has published Transition care for older people leaving hospital: 2005-06 to 2012-13
This report looks at the Transition Care Program which assisted more than 87,000 people between 2005 and 2013.  81% of the recipients completed their planned care under the program, and of them 76% had improved functional status.  54% of care recipients returned to live in the community, and of these two thirds did not enter residential aged care within 12 months.

AIHW 2014. Transition care for older people leaving hospital: 2005-06 to 2012-13. Aged care statistics series 40. Cat. no. AGE 75. Canberra: AIHW

Professional development

DANA ‘Many Faces of Addiction’ Forum 2015 – Call for abstracts

The DANA  Organising Committee for the ‘Many Faces of Addiction’  Forum 2015  invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The Forum will be held at Novotel Sydney Central, 13 – 14 August 2015.
The DANA Forum theme, ‘Many Faces of Addiction’, reflects the diverse nature of addiction and the many people that it affects. As nurses, we are conscious that the impact of drug and alcohol misuse can be viewed from many different perspectives and understanding each perspective is important to determine best practice. Approaches to the treatment of addiction are evolving and in order to effectively respond to these changes, nurses and other health care workers need to be aware of contemporary substance use and associated issues.
To find out more, visit

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 7 October  2014

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