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No. 224  Wednesday 15 October 2014

From NZ media this week

Whitireia to host mental health nurse educators forum
This week Whitireia plays host to the Mental Health and Addiction Nurse Educators Forum at its Porirua campus.
The forum, held every two years, commences on Thursday and is aimed at mental health and addiction nurse educators from clinical and education settings. Around 60 nurses will be attending from across New Zealand. Chief Nurse Dr Jane O’Malley will open the forum on Thursday morning. Day one will focus on co-existing problems and physical health issues in mental health and addiction nursing; with day two focusing on what should be being taught, when and how. Attendees will hear from local and national speakers and workshop the issues presented.

EIT Donates Nursing Books to the Cook Islands
Student nurses in the Cook Islands have lots of extra reading to look forward to, with staff from EITs School of Nursing donating textbooks to support their three-year training programme.Media Release

Maori nurses struggle to find work
The National Council of Maori nurses and other health organisations are labelling the lack of jobs for Maori graduate nurses, a national crisis.

Pegasus Health announces appointment of Director of Nursing
Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd, Canterbury’s leading primary health network, today announces the appointment of Michael McIlhone as the new Director of Nursing.

Ebola nurse returns to New Zealand
A Wellington nurse back from fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone says the West African country is teetering on the edge of collapse, with the outbreak likely to get worse before it gets better.

'Changes needed' at Southern DHB
Senior doctors say changes will be needed at the Southern District Health Board (DHB) if it is to regain the confidence of frustrated clinicians.'changes-needed'-at-southern-dhb

UC and CPIT launch new degree programme
The University of Canterbury (UC) will launch its new Master of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Nursing joint initiative with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) today (13 October).

Easing age tensions among nurses
Learn generational needs and strengths and all factions win, say researchers

From international media sources this week

Why hospitals need more generalist doctors and specialist nurses
New medical technologies and treatments over the past few decades have led to remarkable improvements in treating older patients. The annual death rate for an 80-year-old male in 2011 was just 5.6%, compared with 10% thirty years earlier.

Bringing Nurses Back to the Bedside: How Novant Health Tripled Direct Patient Care Time
In 2010, inspired by statistics from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health leaders decided to investigate the amount of time the system's nurses were actually spending at the bedside during their 12-hour shifts.

3 strategies for surgical fire prevention
Between 550 and 650 surgical fires occur each year across the country, according to the AORN Journal.
Here are three strategies from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses to strengthen fire safety programs and prevent surgical fires.

Increased demand on nurses leaves shortfall of 10,000 staff
The number of NHS nurses per patient has fallen in the past four years, opening up a "workforce gap" equivalent to 10,000 full-time staff, official figures have shown.

DHBs and PHOs

Self Help for Patients to Speed up Emergency Time
Thames Hospital will become the first hospital in the country to trial a patient kiosk in the emergency department, an idea first mooted by its clinical director Dr Ruth Large last year.

Mental health

Seek help with mental health issues urges NZRGPN
Rural folk who are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or suicidal must talk to their GP or health professional sooner rather than later. That’s the message from the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network in line with Mental Health Awareness Week (October 6-12).

Social media

Breast cancer awareness: Nurses can make a difference!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Whether you are a breast cancer survivor, know someone who has had the disease, or feel connected to the struggle simply because you’re a nurse, October is a great impetus to get involved in the fight. Here are 5 ways you can make a difference as a nurse.

Work and management

10 tips for dealing with workplace bullying
Sometimes the office is just an extended version of the school playground. There are the same personalities clashing all the time - the kind-hearted do-gooder, the popular group and, of course, the bully.

Articles of interest


Ebola outbreak brings ethics to forefront

The ethical perspective from a nurse leader

The Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa that has so far claimed the lives of more than 2,900 people captured the world’s attention. The steady rise in the death count and efforts to thwart Ebola’s spread remain top stories in the news.

The importance of professional standards
Professional standards describe the competent level of care in each phase of the nursing process. They reflect a desired and achievable level of performance against which a nurse's actual performance can be compared. The main purpose of professional standards is to direct and maintain safe and clinically competent nursing practice.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment in Primary Care
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
October 2014  
Volume 39  Number 5 
Pages 313 - 318
Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common cancer (when excluding skin cancers) in women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women, with a lifetime prevalence of 12.5% (American Cancer Society [ACS], 2013a2013bNational Cancer Institute [NCI], 2012). Breast cancer screening reduces risk of cancer death, thereby increasing rate of survival to up to 89% for women with stage 1 and 2 breast cancer (Bleyer & Welch, 2012;Howlader et al., 2012). Despite these data, undue harm may occur with unnecessary screening because overidentification of risk, and excessive, costly biopsies may result. Costs and benefits of screening must be weighed. Nurses at all levels can play a pivotal role in promotion of appropriate breast cancer screening and subsequently breast cancer prevention by using accurate screening tools, such as the Tyrer-Cuzick model. Although there are some limitations with this tool, screening at the primary care level has demonstrated improved clinical outcomes (Roetzheim et al., 2012). Its use can help nurses accurately assess a woman's breast cancer risk, by promoting appropriate screening at the primary care level (Roetzheim et al., 2012).

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 14 October  2014

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