News bulletin 11 February

on 11 February


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 239 February 11 2015


From NZ media this week

Another safety milestone celebrated at Dunedin Hospital Intensive Care Unit
Staff at Dunedin Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) celebrated another safety milestone today. Last October, Dunedin ICU reached 1000 days without a single case of bloodstream infection known as central line-associated bacteraemia, or CLAB. Today they made it to 1111 days – three years.

Nursing has dropped a notch from being a "good" job prospect to a "fair" one in the latest Occupation Outlook report released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Innovations attract midwives to the Coast
Innovative support packages being offered to self-employed Lead Maternity Care (LMC) midwives are attracting new midwives to the Coast.

New hospital patient IT system for South Island
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new hospital patient information system will be rolled out across South Island DHBs to streamline services.

Headline: Help now available for serious risk to babies
A new organisation has launched today, which aims to raise awareness of serious birth defects from common epilepsy medications.

NMDHB release theatre videosNelson Marlborough District Health Board has released two videos showing what the operating theatres look like and the process for patients who have elective (planned) surgery.

Loyal nurses face 'gut-wrenching' redundancy
Four nurses lost their jobs when maternity services closed at Rhoda Read in Morrinsville, Waikato, despite efforts to redeploy staff.

Ambulance paramedics gain nursing experience at Kenepuru clinic
Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics have had a chance to see how the other half lives, thanks to work experience sessions with the staff at Kenepuru Hospital’s Accident & Medical (A&M) clinic.

From International media

Pressure on nurses 'not recognised'
The challenges facing district nurses across Northern Ireland are not being recognised, a union has claimed.

Nurses call for guidelines on assisted suicide
Nurses call for a principled framework to guide implementation of the Supreme Court's decision on assisted suicide

Health crisis as thousands of nurses head for retirement (Kenya)
A health crisis is quickly unfolding as more than half of the nurses in the public sector head for retirement while most of the new entrants are applying to go overseas.

Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients
When Tove Schuster raced to help a fellow nurse lift a patient at Crozer-Chester Medical Center near Philadelphia in March 2010, she didn't realize she was about to become a troubling statistic.

Nurses have higher rates of workplace injury than construction workers
Three seniors in the nursing program at the SUNY College at Brockport follow professor Jennifer Chesebro through a long nondescript room with eight occupied hospital beds along the walls.

Patient ‘Passports’ Make Sure People With Complex Cases Are Heard
Passport Programs at More Hospitals Help Patients Communicate With Doctors, Overcome Feeling Powerless

NHS agency nurses spending 'soars'
NHS spending on agency nurses has soared in the past two years, says the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

RCN: District nurses' morale at all-time low in Northern Ireland
District nurses in Northern Ireland are under-staffed, under-resourced and often abused while treating patients in the community, according to a union.

Measles outbreak in US sets off immunisation debate
Even politicians are sweating in the United States with measles spreading and Ebola still on people’s minds, writes Peter Huck

Public health

Diphtheria case in Auckland
A single case of diphtheria has been confirmed in Auckland, the first case of the potentially deadly respiratory disease in New Zealand in six years.

Mozzie bite warning for travellers
Spike in number of tourists returning from Pacific with mosquito-borne illnesses sparks call for precautions.

Articles of interest

An investigation of factors that impact patients’ subjective experience of nurse-led clinics: a qualitative systematic review (pages 19–33)
Samantha Jakimowicz, Christine Stirling and Maree Duddle
To systematically review the qualitative evidence on factors that affect the experience of patients attending nurse-led clinics and compare with key elements of person-centred care.

Leadership and teamwork in medical emergencies: performance of nursing students and registered nurses in simulated patient scenarios (pages 90–100)
Ruth Endacott, Fiona E Bogossian, Simon J Cooper, Helen Forbes, Victoria J Kain, Susan C. Young, Joanne E Porter and the First2Act Team
To examine nursing students' and registered nurses' teamwork skills whilst managing simulated deteriorating patients.

Shift work to balance everyday life - a salutogenic nursing perspective in home help service in Sweden
Agosti M, Andersson I, Ejlertsson G, Janlöv A
BMC Nursing 2015, 14 :2 (13 January 2015)
Nurses in Sweden have a high absence due to illness and many retire before the age of sixty. Factors at work as well as in private life may contribute to health problems. To maintain a healthy workforce there is a need for actions on work-life balance in a salutogenic perspective. The aim of this study was to explore perceptions of resources in everyday life to balance work and private life among nurses in home help service.

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Professional development

Smokefree Nurses Symposium
Smokefree Nurses are calling for expert nurse speakers, working at the forefront of nursing practice, education and research to share their knowledge and experience to help other nurses enhance their practice.
Wednesday 18 March | 9.00AM – 4.30pm. For more information visit

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 10 February 2015

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