News bulletin 19 August

on 19 August


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 265 19 August 2015

From NZ media this week

More opportunities for specialist nurses
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more clinical nurse specialists are providing specialist care and expert advice.

More nurses trained in specialised health care
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more nurses are being trained in specialised health care, which is speeding up care for patients.
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Nurses cited over dying woman's care
A woman receiving palliative care at an Oamaru rest home was in so much agony her daughter felt she needed to bring additional pain medication from home, a report says.'s-care

Recognition for two Kaitaia nurses
Two Te Hiku Hauora GP clinic nurses have received nationally recognised awards.
Alison Mills and Melissa Peterson were awarded the Strategic Leadership and the Leading Innovations in Population Health awards respectively at the NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses' conference in Wellington.

Nursing Council role for Whitireia Faculty of Health Dean
Following on from her appointment to the Ministry of Health’s expert advisory group for the review of the New Zealand Health Strategy, Whitireia Faculty of Health Dean Dr Kathryn Holloway has also been appointed to the board of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

DHBs and PHOs

Emergency depts face all-year pressure
Leaders in emergency medicine say they are facing record numbers of patient presentations and need more staff and funding to cope.

Patient safety

Art Nahill: Reduce diagnostic errors? Doctors must understand how they think
A diagnostic error, defined as an incorrect diagnosis or a correct diagnoses made only after avoidable delay, can have devastating consequences for patients and their families.

Wellington Hospital at fault in heart attack victim's death
If you're about to have a heart attack, the safest place to be would surely be the hospital. And the safest place in the hospital, you might think, would be the accident and emergency department. But for one Wellington woman the very place that should have saved her life neglected to do so.
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Big pharmaceutical companies don’t want Pharmac to keep medicines affordable
Tens of thousands of nurses around the country are hoping against hope that Trade Minister, Tim Groser does the right thing and walks away from TPP negotiations.


New online telehealth resource to encourage uptake
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has launched a new online resource which will help encourage the uptake of telehealth by health professionals across the country.

From International media this week

Nurses in schools help students stay healthy
Nurses like Ms Ruth Tan are based full-time in schools to help students quit smoking or lose weight.
The Student Health Advisor (SHA) Programme that she is a part of helped 3,700 students last year, more than three times the number when it started in 2010.
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Nurses and technology can mix, expert says
The road to electronic health record success is to directly involve the nursing staff who will be the “heaviest users” of the system, a nursing and clinical information expert said during a McKnight'sSuper Tuesday webinar.

Foreign nurses are a blessing to the NHS, not a burden
Foreign nurses are a blessing to the UK healthcare system, not a burden, says Steve O’Brien, operations director of Inivo Healthcare Talent. This follows comments by the Head of Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, claiming that recruiting nurses from overseas is ‘distracting, frustrating and expensiv

Social media

More than 300,000 Kiwi kids now in relative poverty
The number of Kiwi children in relative poverty has jumped over 300,000 for the first time since 2010 - but it's because of record inequality, despite falling absolute hardship.

Articles of interest

The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR): a useful theoretical framework for guiding and evaluating a guideline implementation process in a hospital-based nursing practice
Breimaier H, Heckemann B, Halfens R, Lohrmann C
BMC Nursing 2015, 14 :43 (12 August 2015)

‘But how many papers should I write…?’: making good choices about quality, quantity and visibility of academic publications (Editorial)

Are we failing to prepare nursing and midwifery students to deal with domestic abuse? Findings from a qualitative study (pages 2062–2072)
To investigate student nurses’ and midwives’ knowledge, confidence and educational needs regarding recognition and responses to domestic abuse.

A case study exploring the experience of graduate entry nursing students when learning in practice
To explore how Graduate Entry Nursing students present and position themselves in practice in response to anti-intellectualist stereotypes and assessment structures.

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 18 August 2015

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