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No. 254 3 June 2015

 From NZ media this week

End of an Era for Long-Serving Duty Nurse Manager
The day Jude Olsen told his grandmother Maria Roberts that he wanted to be a nurse, it bowled her over with surprise quickly followed by immense pride.

Whitireia Faculty of Health dean appointed to expert advisory group
Whitireia Faculty of Health Dean Dr Kathryn Holloway has been appointed to the Expert Advisory Group assisting the Ministry of Health in the development of a draft refresh of the New Zealand Health Strategy.

Masked role-playing to help SIT nursing students
Southern Institute of Technology nurse educator Johanna Rhodes greets her third year nursing students and walks into the back room.

Queen's Birthday Honours: Mollie Kainuku
Mollie Kainuku, patron of Diabetes New Zealand Wairarapa and a specialist diabetes nurse, received a Queen's Service Medal yesterday for her work with diabetics in Wairarapa

Govt health cost-cutting scheme to be closed by end of the month
A beleaguered Government health cost-cutting scheme will be wound up by the end of the month and replaced by District Health Board-owned company ready to take over shared-service contracts across New Zealand.

Pasifika rate of hospital stays on rise
Study says cost of GP care among factors behind rise in preventable admissions

Cost not only deterrent for doctor visits
A Western Bay of Plenty health leader fears at-risk children will still miss out on medical care - despite all 25 general practices in the Bay offering free visits to under-13s from July.

Calls for Parliamentary inquiry into use of surgical mesh
Two women suffering the consequences of having surgical mesh implanted in their bodies have pleaded for MPs to hold an inquiry into its use.

From International media this week

Doctoring, Without the Doctor
WOOD LAKE, Neb. — There are just a handful of psychiatrists in all of western Nebraska, a vast expanse of farmland and cattle ranches. So when Murlene Osburn, a cattle rancher turned psychiatric nurse, finished her graduate degree, she thought starting a practice in this tiny village of tumbleweeds and farm equipment dealerships would be easy.

Nursing staff 'mistakenly believe apology leaves them liable for error'
Senior nurses have been warned that when trying to implement the new legal duty of candour they may face resistance from some staff who fear having to offer an apology to patients when harm has occurred.

We Need More Nurses
SEVERAL emergency-room nurses were crying in frustration after their shift ended at a large metropolitan hospital when Molly, who was new to the hospital, walked in. The nurses were scared because their department was so understaffed that they believed their patients — and their nursing licenses — were in danger, and because they knew that when tensions ran high and nurses were spread thin, patients could snap and turn violent.

Proposals: Scrap Hospital Regulatory Process, Give Some Nurses More Power to Prescribe Drugs
The House and Senate have long been divided about a proposal to expand health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income Floridians.

WA nurses to get new police powers with frontline mental health teams
CLINICIANS will form frontline mental health teams, be given special police powers and join officers on the beat under a bold new plan that could be introduced within months.

Healthcare providers and insurers across New Jersey are looking for ways to become more efficient and effective in the way they deliver care to patients – particularly those with chronic diseases who make the most visits to hospitals.

Mental health

Government announces plans for social bonds for mental health services
Private investors will soon be given the opportunity to invest in mental health services, Government confirmed this morning.

No cherry-picking in mental health bonds - Coleman
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says private investors in the mental health sector will not be able to cherry-pick clients or "fudge results" in order to get a return on their investment.

Private investment in mental health 'disaster in the making'
Private investment in the mental health sector will focus on jobs for those with mental illness, but Labour says the Government's use of social bonds in the area is "a disaster in the making".

Social bonds: dangerous experiment or better services?
Advocates say issuing social bonds for mental health services risks being an unfortunate experiment undertaken with society's most vulnerable.

Social health

New Zealand's shocking child abuse statistics
A child is admitted to a New Zealand hospital every second day with injuries arising from either assault, neglect or maltreatment, research says.

Articles of interest

You've been assigned a nursing student—Now what?
Do you remember your first days of clinical when you were a nursing student? Remember the anxiety? Can you recall the new smells, being on a hospital unit for the first time, and not knowing where to find the restroom? Do you remember the first time you made a difference in a patient's care and you realized that nursing was definitely your calling? How about that one nurse who helped you put the pieces together and made you think, “I can do this!”

Nurse practitioner clinical decision-making and evidence-based practice
Evidence-based practice is key to improving patient outcomes but can be challenging for busy nurse practitioners to implement. This article describes the process of critically appraising evidence for use in clinical practice and offers strategies for implementing evidence-based innovations and disseminating the findings.

Surgery without smoke
A private surgical hospital is on a mission to have electrosurgical smoke plume acknowledged as a significant hazard in operating theatres around the country. PETER BATEMAN reports.

Virtual nursing grand rounds: Improving practice overseas
NURSING GRAND ROUNDS (NGRs) are educational presentations designed for sharing nursing knowledge by focusing on a particular patient case or a group of similar cases.1 During NGRs,
nurses can gain new knowledge, learn new skills, and improve their practice.
1,2NGRs promote professional development using the best-available evidence to solve nursing practice problems, identify real and potential barriers to effective care, and provide a forum for nurses to share clinical expertise and best practices to improve patient outcomes.1,2

Infection prevention and control lessons learned from the management of the first suspected Ebola virus disease case admitted to a New Zealand hospital 
Ruth Barratt
This report describes the infection prevention and control involvement in the care of the first suspected Ebola virus disease (EVD) case to be admitted to a New Zealand hospital. Prior planning and detailed preparations enabled a smooth admission process and ongoing patient treatment. Prepared infection prevention and control procedures ensured the public and healthcare workers were not put at risk of acquiring EVD. Further refinement of personal protective equipment is required.

From the Ministry of Health

Health Literacy Review: A guide
Individuals and whānau face a series of demands on their health literacy when navigating their way through the health system. These demands impact on consumers’ ability to access health information, care and services.
Internationally, support is growing for a stronger focus on how health systems, health care providers and practitioners can support people to access care, manage and maintain their own health and wellbeing.
A health literate organisation makes health literacy a priority and integral to quality service improvement. It makes health literacy part of all aspects of its service planning, design, delivery, and performance evaluation.
This guide and the Health literacy reviews section have been developed with input from DHBs, to support health organisations undertake a health literacy review. It draws on international best practise for health literate organisations (the 6 Dimensions) tailored for the New Zealand health setting.

A Framework for Health Literacy
A framework for health literacy: a health system response
Because of the way health systems are organised, individuals and whānau can often face a series of demands on their health literacy (see Health literacy demands below). This is their capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make informed health decisions.
A health-literate health system reduces these demands on people and builds health literacy skills of its workforce, and the individuals and whānau who use its services. It provides high-quality services that are easy to access and navigate and gives clear and relevant health messages so that everyone living in New Zealand can effectively manage their own health, keep well and live well.

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 2 June 2015

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