News bulletin 29 July 2015

on 29 July


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 262 29 July 2015

From NZ media this week

New placement hoped to attract new graduates to aged care sector
It's hoped a new nursing placement at a Waikato residential home will attract more graduates to the aged care sector and specifically, dementia care.

Army nurse on a mission
Army nurse Captain Hayley Claridge, is spending her winter in the tropical heat upskilling local nurses.

NZ health workers urged to learn about Pacific people
A Tongan dietician says it is essential that health workers in New Zealand have better knowledge of Pacific communities.

ID slip-up helped nurse steal sleep drug
A nurse addicted to the anaesthetic that killed Michael Jackson stole 5000 vials from a restricted medicine room - and was able to keep taking the drug because the hospital did not confiscate her ID swipe card.

Nurses want better health and safety legislation, not watered down excuses
Nurses are unhappy to see the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee report on the Health and Safety Reform Bill waters down current provisions, rather than strengthening them.

Palmerston North Hospital still battling to recruit midwives
Palmerston North Hospital is still struggling to recruit midwives to its maternity ward with concerns being raised over the number of nurses filling in.
MidCentral District Health Board had no new midwife graduates start this year despite a vigorous recruitment round, according to a report presented to the DHB's hospital advisory committee meeting in April.

Plunket looking to better services to Asian families
Plunket is looking for input from New Zealand's third largest ethnic group to provide better services to Asian families.

DHBs and PHOs

Health board representatives meeting to discuss leaked report
A leaked report recommending removing elected control of district health boards was the subject of a board representatives' meeting, a chairman has confirmed.

John Key pours cold water on proposed DHB governance overhaul
The Prime Minister has poured cold water on a Health Ministry proposal to take power away from elected District Health Boards and give greater control to the ministry.

No 'wholesale changes' to District Health Boards - Jonathan Coleman
New leaked documents proposing wholesale changes to District Health Boards are unlikely to progress beyond initial discussions, says the health minister.

Ideas for radical overhaul of health funding welcomed as an "interesting discussion" - Health Minister
A major overhaul of how public health services are funded is being explored - with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcoming the radical proposals as "good for debate".

Health board funding could be in for a shakeup
More leaked documents reveal the funding of district health boards could be in for a shakeup.

Ethical issues

Euthanasia: Many Kiwi GPs and nurses help accelerate death
New research suggests many New Zealand GPs are making decisions likely to hasten the death of their terminally ill patients.

Parliament to hold euthanasia inquiry following Lecretia Seales' death
Parliament will hold an inquiry on the introduction of euthanasia laws following the death of right-to-die campaigner Lecretia Seales.

Mental health

Rural professionals asked to be vigilant for signs of personal drought pain
Men have a habit of carrying forward problems in the recesses of their mind, farm accountant Pita Alexander has come to believe.
Most of his career has been social work with accountancy on the side, he quipped to peers at the Railway Tavern in Amberley.

Suicide prevention needs to reach all demographics, counsellor says
The nation's increasing suicide rates are driving Sylvia Huitson crazy.
She has been working in suicide prevention for 25 years and gets extremely disheartened when she sees the annual figures rise.


John Key admits New Zealand's drugs bill will rise
Prime Minister John Key has admitted that New Zealand will have to pay more for medicines if it signs up to the Trans Pacific Partnership but he says this was unlikely to affect consumers.


'Incredible potential' for telemedicine project
A company headed by the Kaitaia GP Lance O'Sullivan has scooped up a $30,000 grant for a pioneering telemedicine service for children.'incredible-potential'-for-telemedicine-project

From International media this week

Reducing hospital readmissions through telemedicine partnerships with skilled nursing facilities
Telemedicine systems, including remote presence technology, have evolved over the years from stationary workstations to mobile carts to the latest "robotic" units that self-propel themselves down our hospital corridors without a driver, according to preprogrammed GPS instructions. This technology has been credited with bringing specialists, including critical care intensivists, to the bedside in hospitals where no such practitioners live or work within hundreds of miles.

Nursing, medical students learn teamwork with virtual teammates
A virtual interprofessional education curriculum has been developed in which students were paired with a virtual team member to learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and the delivery of care.

Social media

A new online calculator for estimating how much a society might spend on life-saving interventions
In this blog we describe an online calculator we developed to estimate the maximum investment society might consider spending on life-saving health interventions, while remaining cost-effective. For NZ, the amounts generated by this calculator vary greatly by age: NZ$ 1.2 million for an intervention to save the life of a child, NZ$ 0.7 million for a 50-year-old, and NZ$ 0.2 million for an 80-year-old, assuming we are willing to spend $45,000 per healthy life-years gained and the person is returned to the expected health status of the average NZ citizen. These results are very sensitive to the choice of discount rate and to the selected cost-effectiveness threshold. Policy-makers could use this calculator as a rapid screening tool to determine if more detailed cost-effectiveness analyses of potential life-saving interventions might be worthwhile.

Articles of interest

Nurse practitioner clinical decision-making and evidence-based practice
Abstract: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.

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 July 2015

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