News bulletin 29 April 2015

on 29 April


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 249 29 April 2015

From NZ media this week

Auckland DHB calls in lawyers
The country's largest District Health Board has hired a lawyer and brought in a senior nurse from another area to investigate concerns about senior management in a mental health unit.

Conversations we're dying to avoid
It's a conversation many would rather avoid, but planning for end-of-life care is one chat to have before it's too late.
The national initiative, Advance Care Planning, is encouraging people to think, talk and plan for their future and what they or their loved ones want to happen at the end of their lives.

From International media this week

QCC, WSU add 3+1 to help nurses bridge the gap
WORCESTER — Leaders of Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University signed an agreement last week that they say will make it easier — and more affordable — for registered nurses to complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Sask. nurses say short-staffing 'frequently' endangering patients
Survey finds 1 in 3 nurses think patients 'frequently' put at risk due to staff shortages

The role of the informatics nurse: 7 key findings from HIMSS
Nurses are critical to healthcare delivery, but a new survey indicates nurses with informatics capabilities and intelligence can boost care quality and bring value to the use of clinical system and technology at their organizations.

Medication adherence critical for heart patients, nurse-led study finds
A new nurse-led study has found interventions to encourage heart patients to take their medications as prescribed were most effective when focused on changing the behavior of patients rather than the behavior of healthcare providers.

Aged care

Elderly abused as families move in
Up to 25,000 senior citizens experience some sort of abuse each year and most alleged abusers are relatives.

DHBs and PHOs

Canterbury surgery rates down
Up to 550 patients are missing out on elective orthopedic surgery in Canterbury each year, as public hospital surgeons struggle to meet demand.

GPs: Why we charge for under 6s
Auckland medical centres say high cost of running practices in city behind charges for children's visits.

Free doctors' visits not reaching Maori kids
Despite the introduction of free GP visits many Maori children in Northland are still not making it to the doctor.

Public health

Call for free chicken pox, meningococcal C, HPV for boys shots
Funded vaccines should also include HPV for boys and meningococcal C, says doctor.

Health research

Call to review teen abortion law
Young pregnant teens don't have the mental maturity to understand the implications of an abortion, new research suggests.


Better hospital care needed for obese patients
Healthcare services are not always suitable for morbidly obese patients, a Victoria University of Wellington researcher has found.

Fighting Fat: Drain your stomach
Obese patients will pump out excess food through valve in hospital trial.

Health and wellness

10 Ways to Keep Your Nursing Job from Ruining Your Health
Self-care is not selfish, especially for nurses
April 14, 2015 - Nursing is not a profession for the faint of heart--or body. Yet many nurses neglect self-care in their quest to help others.

Gen Y nurses see work as important, but need changes to stay in field
Previously identified ‘push factors’ like poor shift work allocation and safe staffing levels are among top concerns of Generation Y nurses, according to a survey published online April 7 on the Nursing Open website.

Nursing in history

Nursing the ravages of sexism, savagery
Saddened Palmerstonians gathered in the Opera House on Sunday November 22, 1915, to commemorate two local nurses drowned in the sinking of the transport ship Marquette.

Brave nurses who sailed into hell
In memory of the nurses who served New Zealand in World War I, the Times-Age looks at some of the women from Wairarapa who sailed across the world and faced horrific sights of war

Articles of interest

What the World Can Learn from Nigeria’s Successful Handling of Ebola
In the wake of the ebola outbreak in Western Africa, the fact that Nigeria reported cases of ebola for only 42 days has largely gone unnoticed. The first case was reported on 20 July 2014, and the last case reported on 31 August 2014, leading to the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring Nigeria Ebola-free on 20 October 2014. With the successful, albeit challenging, handling of their Ebola outbreak, this “spectacular success story”, in the words of the WHO’s director for Nigeria, Rui Gama Vaz, provides a great learning tool for public health and the developed world.

Communicating With a Patients’ Family and Friends
In some ways, it is easy to talk to a patient’s immediate family. From spouses to parents, it helps to only have a few people that you have to manage. However, most patients have families and friends in far larger numbers than this. This means that you may, very quickly, find yourself entrenched in interfamily politics, put into ethically untenable positions, and generally spending a great deal of time turning people down in their hunt for information. Although it should be the job of the immediate family to manage the others, this responsibility often falls to the nurse.

Reports online

REPORT: Final teamwork and communication proof of concept report
The final report from the improving teamwork and communication within surgical teams proof of concept project is available on the Commission’s website. The report presents a review of the project activities and recommendations for next steps. This report has informed the Commission’s approach to rolling out the surgical teamwork and communication interventions.

From the Ministry of Health

New Zealand and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
Since 2005 New Zealand has been a party to an international treaty that aims to prevent harms from tobacco use, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO): the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, negotiated under this Treaty, aims to provide a global response to the illicit trade in tobacco products. The Government is undertaking consultation to inform decision-making as to whether it should agree to become a party to it.
This consultation document puts forward two options for consideration:
Option 1: New Zealand does not become a party to the Protocol and continues with its current approach to preventing illicit trade in tobacco products.
Option 2: New Zealand becomes a party to the Protocol and makes the necessary changes to meet the mandatory requirements of the Protocol.
New Zealand’s existing laws already comply with many of the obligations in the Protocol. However, if New Zealand became a party to the Protocol, some legislative reforms would probably be needed, along with new systems, processes and initiatives to support them. This consultation paper explores these implications.

Professional development

EVENT: Save the date – Dr Clifford Ko workshops
Dr Clifford Ko, director of the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, will be speaking at a series of reducing perioperative harm workshops.  These half-day workshops will be held on 16 June in Christchurch, 17 June in Wellington and 18 June in Auckland. Please contact Emma Forbes for further information.

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 28 April 2015

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