News bulletin 5 August

on 5 August


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 263 5 August 2015

From NZ media this week

$846,000 for more nurse practitioner trainees
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is committing $846,000 to support an additional 20 nurse practitioner trainees in 2016.

More health dollars for training Nurse Practitioners ground breaking – NZRGPN chair
The announcement by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman that an additional 20 training places would be allocated to Nurse Practitioners next year has been hailed as “ground breaking” by Network chair and Nurse Practitioner Sharon Hansen.

Government trains more high-level nurses as hospitals buckle under winter strain
As emergency departments reach breaking point, the Government has pumped more than three quarters of a million dollars into training an extra 20 high-level nurses.

Unvaccinated nurses who refused flu jabs sent home
Waikato DHB suspends three nurses for refusing to have flu vaccinations or wear masks, but unions are appalled.

Health worker sacked for refusing to comply with board policy
One staff member has been fired and a "number" of others suspended for not complying with the Waikato District Health Board's flu vaccination policy. 
The board would not elaborate on the number of staff suspended or what departments they work in at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.

Union defends nurses' face mask refusal
A union representing nurses said there was nothing rebellious about four nurses at Waikato Hospital refusing to wear face masks at work.'-face-mask-refusal

Visits by students lift for elderly
The residents at a Whangarei retirement village will have many more young people to play bowls and have a cup of tea with following a partnership with NorthTec.
The polytechnic and Jane Mander Retirement Village have described the the initiative, launched last Friday, as providing a centre of excellence for nurse training.

Former Kaitaia nurse plans reunion with trainees
Marion Palmer wants to catch up with women with whom she went through nursing training at Kaitaia Hospital in the 1960s.

Ashburton rest home criticised after 96-year-old dies during flu outbreak
A Mid Canterbury aged care facility has been ordered to review its treatment practices after a 96-year-old man died during a flu outbreak.
The unnamed resident died at Ashburton's Cameron Courts Rest Home and Village in 2012.

New AUT paper recognises Pacific approaches to health
Health Promotion students studying at the Auckland University of Technology's South Campus will gain in-depth knowledge of Pacific health following the introduction of a new pacific-focused health paper as of this semester.

DHBs and PHOs

Maps home in on child healthcare
More than 60 per cent of Wanganui children require emergency care by the age of 4.
But the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is now getting better information at a house-by-house level to counter such startling statistics.

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

Tobacco tax increases could save Kiwis $3.87 billion
Continuing annual 10 per cent tobacco tax increases until 2031 could save Kiwis an estimated $3.87 billion, due to the prevention of smoking related diseases, a study has shown.

Child exposure to drugs 'common'
The number of Northland children exposed to illegal drugs in their homes is "unfortunately common" but hard to quantify because most do not present to health services with a drug-related diagnosis, Northland District Health Board paediatrician Dr Roger Tuck says.

Health research

Medicinal cannabis likely in New Zealand by 2016
Toni-Marie Matich's eldest daughter suffers from intractable epilepsy - a seizure disorder that cannot be controlled with conventional medicine. It led the Hawkes Bay mother-of-five to found United in Compassion (UIC), which advocates for New Zealand-based research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis-based medicines. The paediatrician caring for her daughter just happens to be the Children's Commissioner, Russell Wills.


More obese teens should be given stomach stapling surgery - surgeon 
More weight-loss surgery is needed to help the growing population of obese teenagers, a Christchurch surgeon says.


Northland DHB paving way for future healthcare
Northland DHB is paving the way for future healthcare by trialling a high-tech, potentially life-saving telemedicine system.

From International media this week

Mental health nurses join forces with police in new scheme to reduce 'protective custody' cases
A pilot scheme sending police officers out on patrol with specially-trained mental health nurses has proved such a success it is being rolled out across the country.

Working Overtime, Managing a Large Workload Increases Risk for Injury Among New Nurses
Young nurses, those working night shifts and longer hours at higher risk for needle sticks, muscle strains and sprains.

Obesity epidemic means greater risk of injury for nurses
As Baby Boomers get older and the American population gets heavier, nurses can face a higher risk for injury when moving patients. New equipment and training is keeping nurses and patients safe.

Longer shifts increase needle stick risk for new nurses
A study of newly-qualified nurses in the US has found they are at greater risk of suffering injuries if they work longer shifts, more overtime and at night.

NHS needs thousands of nurses as London wards are shut in ‘perfect storm’
Hospital wards and operating theatres are being closed because of a “perfect storm” shortage of nurses in London, the Standard can reveal today.

Not enough nurses being trained, says Welsh RCN chief
Not enough nurses are being trained to meet health care demands, the director of the Royal College of Nursing Wales has said.

Articles of interest

Research article 
Clinical supervision in primary health care; experiences of district nurses as clinical supervisors - a qualitative study
Bos E, Silén C, Kaila P
BMC Nursing 2015, 14 :39 (28 July 2015)

From the Ministry of Health

Phase II of the Physician Assistant Demonstrations Evaluation Report
The Physician Assistant (Physician Associate) is a clinical role working across traditional vocational boundaries but always under the supervision of a doctor. The doctor remains responsible for the care of patients and tailors the Physician Assistant’s scope of practice according to their skills and the patient profile.

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 4 August 2015

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