News bulletin 11 March

on 11 March


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 243 Wednesday 11 March 2015

From NZ media this week

Twenty years of innovation in mental health nursing recognised
Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) celebrates two decades of pioneering graduate mental health nursing this March.

Nursing job-student ratio unhealthy
Manawatu teaching institutes are refusing to cut the number of nursing students in training despite a job shortage.
Massey University's Palmerston North campus has about 50 new nursing students this year, similar to previous years, and UCOL has 145 new enrolments across the region.

Launch of online archive of nursing oral histories
Nau mai, haere mai. The Nursing Education and Research Foundation welcomes media to attend the launch of a new online archive of nursing oral histories.

Heart screening pilot shelved
A heart screening programme that could save children's lives has been shelved for fear of unnecessarily upsetting families with false alarms.

From International media

Nurses in diapers? It could help the elderly
Mr Ibnu Firdaus Nooraman is only 27, but he recently had to endure the indignity of wearing adult diapers, and having eyesight so bad it made even performing simple tasks a burden. - See more at:

Fargo hospitals look for cure to ‘alarm fatigue’
RGO – Breeanna Hook used to go home from her nursing shift on the critical care unit and dream of alarms going off and having to scramble frantically to respond.

3 culprits of RN turnover and how to address them
An incredible amount of published material exists on the topic of registered nurse turnover. Renowned institutions including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PwC, Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and just about every industry journal have published a study on it, and rightfully so. Turnover is an incredible disruption to a healthcare provider. It affects morale and quality — and the cost can put a lot of strain on institutions already under pressure.

Top-shelf nursing programs evolve to meet changing industry
On the third floor of a historic building at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Noelle was having a baby — and losing blood by the second.
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Capital Tonight March. 3: Advanced Nurses Study
On Capital Tonight: A new study finds that a policy change in how advanced nurses are supervised could help alleviate a doctor shortage. We talk with experts from the NC Nursing Association. Our Insiders Scott Falmlen and Chris Sinclair look at Gov. McCrory’s poll numbers in the latest PPP’s numbers and the politics of the gas tax.

Aged care

Better dementia care (audio)
An English novelist is leading a campaign to improve the treatment of dementia patients in UK hospitals.
Nicci Gerrard 's father, John was 86 and suffering from dementia when he went into hospital last February for the treatment of some leg ulcers. He came out just five weeks later permanently changed, a skeletal shadow of his former self, and died in November.

Patient safety

Easier reporting
Southern District Health Board staff reporting concerns about patient safety should find it easier once a new electronic risk management system is introduced this month.

Hospital patients urged to take part in care survey
The Health Quality & Safety Commission is encouraging people to join the growing number of patients helping district health boards (DHBs) assess the quality of care in public hospitals.

Public health

Peanut allergy: Experts call for urgent review of public health advice
Allergy New Zealand and allergy specialists are calling for the Ministry of Health to urgently review infant feeding guidelines, to try and stem the tide of peanut allergy in New Zealand children.

New immunisation videos for older children
Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes new online resources on immunisation for older children.

Kiwis told eating less sugar will be sweet
New Zealanders need to carve about six teaspoons of sugar out of our daily diets if we're to meet new international suggestions for avoiding obesity and rotten teeth

Articles of interest

Advanced practice nursing: Shaping health through policy (pages 11–20)
Elizabeth A. Kostas-Polston, Joanne Thanavaro, Cathy Arvidson and Leslie-Faith Morritt Taub, on behalf of the FAANP Health Policy Work Group
To highlight the importance of advanced practice nurses (APNs) becoming politically engaged as key to promoting the healthcare interests of patients, communities and the profession and to offer specific strategies on how to become politically competent.

Evolving trends in nurse regulation: what are the policy impacts for nursing's social mandate? (pages 27–38)
Susan Duncan, Sally Thorne and Patricia Rodney
We recognize a paradox of power and promise in the context of legislative and organizational changes in nurse regulation which poses constraints on nursing's capacity to bring voice and influence to pressing matters of healthcare and public policy. The profession is at an important crossroads wherein leaders must be well informed in political, economic and legislative trends to harness the profession's power while also navigating forces that may put at risk its central mission to serve society. We present a critical policy analysis of the impact of recent regulatory trends on what the International Council of Nurses considers nursing's three ‘pillars’ – the profession of nursing, socioeconomic welfare of nurses and nurse regulation. Themes surfacing from this analysis include regulatory discontinuity, a tightening of regulatory control, and an increasingly managerial governance culture. These themes illuminate insights and strategies required to renew and revitalize the social mandate of our profession amidst a climate of urgency in the questioning of nurse scholars with respect to the future of the profession. At this historic juncture, nurses must clearly understand the implications of legislative and organizational regulatory changes to ensure the profession contributes to full capacity in achieving health and health equity globally.

From the Ministry of  Health

Knee/hip replacement - Patient education videos
Two videos have been produced for people about to undergo hip or knee replacement surgery. These videos provide valuable advice on how you can prepare for your operation and what you can do before and after surgery to help your recovery. It also includes information on what you can expect during your stay in hospital.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for District Health Boards
Published online: 
27 February 2015
The Ministry of Health has developed this Suicide Prevention Toolkit to support DHBs implement suicide prevention and postvention activities within their regions.
The Toolkit outlines some of the key services areas involved, and discusses the issues that DHBs need to consider when planning how to address suicide. It is not expected that DHBs will need to use all the tools, resources, ideas and guidance this Toolkit presents. District health boards know their communities best; they will need to design an approach that best meets the needs of their individual communities.

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 March 2015

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