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Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 258 1 July 2015

From NZ media this week

Otago Polytechnic launches new Diploma in Enrolled Nursing
Those looking to enter a nursing career now have a new study pathway available in Dunedin, with the launch of Otago Polytechnic’s Diploma in Enrolled Nursing this semester.

Vaccination uptake among DHB staff 'disappointing'
Staff at Wairau Hospital may have to wear masks if they have not had their flu vaccination. 
Only 50 per cent of staff had taken up flu vaccinations, chief executive Chris Fleming told  a meeting of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board yesterday.

111 shake-up: nurses to take 'non-urgent' calls
Nurses to handle all non-urgent calls to cut ambulance callouts.

Aged care

Nurses' union wants public support for Talbot Park
A union representing nurses at Timaru's Talbot Park aged care facility wants South Canterbury's health board to continue providing its services.

DHBs and PHOs

Canterbury patients first to access hospital records online
Patients in Canterbury will soon be able to check their own test results and order repeat prescriptions online.
A patient portal, set up by the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), will allow people to see all of their health records. They will also be able to make appointments and send messages to their doctor and other care specialists.

Marlborough GPs opt out of free visits for under 13s
Two Marlborough medical practices and the region's after-hours service have held off offering free doctors' visits to children under the age of 13. 
The Government announced as part of last year's Budget that children under the age of 13 would be eligible for free general practice visits and prescriptions from July 1.

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

The seedy underbelly of sports nutrition
Methamphetamine analogues, banned psychoactive ingredients, potentially fatal stimulants, chemicals not considered safe for use by humans and disease-causing contaminants are regularly being ingested by Kiwis, a Herald investigation into the fitness supplements industry revealed in February.
Now, our follow-up investigation examines those who sell them. In December 2013 USA Today revealed that a host of American supplement companies were run by criminals whose offences include dealing narcotics and performance-enhancing drugs, fraud, theft, assault, weapons offences and money laundering. New Zealand is no different.

Mental health

Rural mental health crisis predicted
The body representing doctors in rural New Zealand is warning low dairy prices, high debt levels, droughts and floods will create a tsunami of mental health issues among farmers.

Stress and depression unwelcome visitors after recent weather events
Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) is concerned that as rural people clean up after the disastrous floods, and snow, their resilience and resourcefulness will be challenged by overwhelming distress. For farming families in more remote areas their sense of isolation will become acute resulting in anxiety and depression. It is a problem that will go beyond the farm gate.

New Auckland maternal mental health service
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today officially opened a new maternal mental health respite and support service in Te Atatu South, Auckland.
"Pregnancy and childbirth can be vulnerable times for women - at least 15 per cent will develop depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. It is important mothers get the support they need," says Dr Coleman.


Fire crews help shift obese people
Timaru fire crews helped move a 260kg woman for St John paramedics on Friday, one of about 10 such lifts each year.
Using a bariatric sheet with handles, fire fighters lift patients to an ambulance and again from the ambulance into hospital.

Patient safety

Elderly patient left on floor before death
An elderly man who was found seemingly asleep on the floor of his room at a psychiatric hospital at 3.30am and was left there until the following afternoon had suffered a large bleed on his brain and died that evening.

Tips for dealing with stress, contaminants from flooding
Massey University emergency management specialists from the Joint Centre for Disaster Research have offered online tips to help people deal with the psychological impact of the floods in Whanganui and other parts of the central and lower North Island.

New clinical model for predicting risk of death before surgery 
Surgeons and patients will benefit from a new clinical tool that is able to predict the likelihood of mortality before colorectal surgery according to the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Public health

Bowel cancer screening – An interesting new US study and thoughts about the NZ situation
In this blog post we look at a new modelling study on bowel cancer screening, published in a top US journal (JAMA). We discuss the cost-effectiveness of such screening and consider the current NZ context for bowel cancer screening.

Climate Change - health impacts require urgent action
The launch of the second report of the Global Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change reveals an opportunity to improve the health of individuals, while tackling the challenge of climate change.


Child's sores cured by doctor 360km away
Eight-year-old David Tautari has finally got treatment for nasty sores on his leg, thanks to a photo emailed to a doctor 360km away.

From International media this week

Are nurses the new doctors?
Medicine has changed dramatically over the years with new drugs and treatments revolutionising the way patients are cared for.
With that has come an overhaul in the way staff work. In particular, the demarcation between doctors and nurses.

Supply of nurses in Canada drops for first time in 20 years: report
New report from Canadian Institute for Health Information finds one of largest declines was in Ontario, where over 12,000 nurses left profession

Articles of interest

A Nurse Communication Manager reduces the number of non-relevant contacts
The aim of this study was to reduce interruptions in nursing practice by exploring the effects on the number of non-relevant contacts received by the nursing staff after implementation of a Nurse Communication Manager.

Telehealth: Enhancing collaboration, improving care coordination
Nursing Management:
June 2015 - Volume 46 - Issue 6 - p 10–12
The use of various technologies has revolutionized care delivery across the continuum. In home healthcare, one of the most advanced, interactive technologies to date is telehealth. Although we've experienced varying degrees of resistance and challenges associated with this technology, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses (HHVN) of Southern Maine has learned lessons as an early adopter and continues to leverage the technology across all service lines,_improving.3.aspx

Online resources

NEWS: Presentations from Dr Atul Gawande forum online
Presentations and storyboards from the Dr Atul Gawande forum, held on Monday 18 May in Wellington, are on the Commission’s website.

Reports online

RCA2: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a process widely used by health professionals to learn how and why errors occurred, but there have been inconsistencies in the success of these initiatives. With a grant from The Doctors Company Foundation, NPSF convened a panel of subject matter experts and stakeholders to examine best practices around RCAs and develop guidelines to help health professionals standardize the process and improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events, and near misses.
Download the full report here. [PDF]

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 30 June 2015

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