News bulletin 22 July

on 22 July


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 261 22 July 2015

From NZ media this week

Army Nurse Helps Pacific Colleagues Hone Their Skills
Army nurse Captain (CAPT) Hayley Claridge, who grew up in Napier and now lives in Palmerston North, is spending much of the winter in warmer climes.
CAPT Claridge is working in several Pacific nations as a member of the New Zealand Defence Force contingent taking part in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) preparedness mission Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15).

Nurse recognised for service in Vietnam
Suburban Rotorua is a long way from the hospitals of Vietnam.
But 44 years after her service during the Vietnam War, former nurse Vivienne Chapman has been recognised for her efforts.

First of its kind trauma system to predict child injuries in NZ
It will soon be possible to predict which day of the week your child will be injured, thanks to extensive research by a Waikato trauma team.

DHBs and PHOs

New Zealand lags in hospital bed numbers, OECD shows
Officials say low rank no issue despite late peak expected in flu season.

Waikato DHB asked to do more to prevent child deaths
A report about child deaths and injuries in the Waikato has highlighted the need for the district health board to put preventative measures in place.

Key messages crucial for immunisation
Ngati Pikiao Health Services is receiving praise for its latest immunisation results.
The Rotorua practice has consistently immunised 100 per cent of its enrolled 8-month-old children.

After-hours care solution needed
Lakes PrimeCare says it's committed to providing a solution for a free after-hours service for children despite not yet coming to an agreement with the Lakes District Health Board.

CDHB deficit must come out of reserves, loses earthquake support
Canterbury's health authority is facing a $5.5 million funding black hole as the future of its earthquake-related financial support hangs in the balance.


Why a third of Kiwi kids are overweight
The sugar-coated truth behind children's food.
Not much in nature is pink. Flamingos, obviously. Mouse eyes, carnations and the occasional butterfly. But there is no pink food. For that, you must go to the supermarket.

Kiwis want fast-food clampdown
Kiwis want greater government controls on junk-food promotions to children, with 72 per cent calling for stronger restrictions, says a survey.


Hundreds of dollars wasted on unnecessary medication
Patients could be saving an average of $364 a year on medications, an evaluation has found.

Public health

Vaccine programme extended as influenza just gets warmed up
Rising numbers of people struck down with the flu has forced the Government to extend its flu vaccination programme, as health officials warn the worst is yet to come.

Steep rise in flu cases - new study
A new weekly flu report released yesterday shows the trend of reported influenza strains is continuing to rise steeply.

Social health

Govt aware it's doing little to help child poverty: report
A report has revealed the Government is aware its programmes have been doing very little to help children out of poverty.\


From International media this week

Qld budget contains $212m for more nurses
The Queensland Labor government's first budget on Tuesday will include more than $210 million to improve the state's nursing workforce, the premier says

Widespread Understaffing of Nurses Increases Risk to Patients
Emerging data support minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, but hospital administrations are reluctant to adopt them

RNs can help promote geropalliative care
When a patient is suffering from a serious illness or chronic condition, palliative care can help the patient and family with symptoms such as pain, stress and confusion. Studies show palliative care not only helps people feel better, but it also helps them live longer by improving mood, energy and well-being.

4 common nursing hazards demanding hospitals' attention
Nursing comes at a cost, as these workers face a number of hazards each day while just doing their everyday jobs.

Reports online

New reports put spotlight on NGO and nursing workforces
Te Pou has published two new reports focusing on the NGO and nursing workforces in New Zealand’s adult mental health and addiction sector.
The reports are part of the More than numbers project, which is gathering and sharing data on the adult mental health and addiction service workforce, to help inform future workforce planning.
The reports share results from the More than numbers organisation workforce survey carried out in 2014.

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 21 July 2015

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