News bulletin 26 August

on 26 August


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 266 26 August 2015


From NZ media this week

Tributes flow for NZ first Māori Nurse, Putiputi O’Brien
Hundreds gathered at Ruaihona Marae in the Bay of Plenty to farewell Putiputi O'Brien who died this week at 93 years of age. Her commitment to Māori health and Māori nurses led her to become the patron of the National Council of Māori Nurses.

A second attempt to get nurse endoscopy training underway – to help boost the colonoscopy workforce prior to introducing  national bowel cancer screening – is set to start in 2016. An attempt at fast tracking nurse endoscopist training was announced in mid-2014 by then Health Minister Tony Ryall. Training was due to start early 2015 but was stalled and recently a second start date was set for 2016.

Graduate nurses finding jobs sooner
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more graduate nurses are finding jobs sooner according to the latest figures from the nationwide system which places graduates into the workforce.

Still no good news for new grad nurses
A release from Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today, congratulating himself that more new graduate nurses are finding jobs sooner has student nurses and other NZNO members rolling their eyes.

20,000 nurses accept new pay deal
Thousands of nurses, midwives and health care assistants will receive a 4 per cent pay rise over two years under an agreement with district health boards (DHBs).

Healthy lifestyle initiative helping more diabetics
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a growing number of New Zealanders with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes are receiving support and advice through the Green Prescriptions initiative.

Aged care

'Public health malpractice' - professor urges NZ healthcare reform
A Massey University professor says the way we treat healthcare for the elderly in New Zealand borders on malpractice.

Mental health

More focus needed in rural suicide prevention.
Regions across New Zealand are participating in Lifeline Aotearoa’s suicide prevention courses and Lifeline is hoping more people in the rural community will sign on.

Suicide First Aid, important as CPR.
Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and nothing says this clearer than the provisional coronial data for 2014/2015. With 569 suicides it’s fair to say that New Zealand has a lot of work to do


Access to medicines continues to improve
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealander's access to medicines continued to improve in 2014/15.

Pharmaceutical companies don’t want affordable medicine
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.

Public health

Experts warn of school-based oral health crisis by 2025
An ageing workforce could lead to the demise of school-based community oral health care services for children and adolescents living in rural areas by 2025, a recent survey has revealed.

From International media this week

New partnering scholarship launched to inspire and develop potential oncology nurses
As experienced oncology nurses know, a cancer diagnosis is only the first step on a long and challenging road ahead—for patients and providers alike. For both, a wide range of procedures
becomes part and parcel of every day.

The New Age of Nursing
Recent grads look beyond acute care to improve health systems
In the next decade, as senior nurses leave the field, a new generation will take their place. The transition won’t be easy, as registered nurses fresh out of school must meet the massive demand of baby boomers and newly insured patients. But UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing alumna Nicole Smith believes new nurses can transform the health care industry by disrupting the status quo.

Key professions losing staff due to lack of support for student mothers
Key professions such as nursing, teaching and social work are losing thousands of potential recruits as student mothers drop out of higher education due to a lack of support from universities, research suggests.

Four Measures that Are Key to Retaining Nurses
By providing independence, matching nursing skills to the patient mix, and reducing overtime, hospitals can help to ensure their nurses stay on the job.
Nursing is a tough job. Nurses juggle it all — sick patients, worried families and stressed doctors. They log long hours, often going to the hospital when it is still dark outside and leaving when it is dark again. It is not unusual for nurses to be floated to hospital departments where they feel that they haven't received adequate training and are expected to take on the workload of a 20-year veteran.

Articles of interest

The care conundrum: what causes caring nurses to lose their purpose?

Tips for working with patients with diabetes
From her earliest years, Linda Siminerio, PhD, RN, CDE, has been driven by a desire to gain and impart knowledge about diabetes. Siminerio’s journey began as a child, watching her father struggle with the disease, and continued through her work as a nurse and as one of the country’s first diabetes educators.

From the Ministry of Health

Evaluation of the Implementation of Choice in Community Living: Phase One 2013
This report is a summary of findings from the first 12 months of the Choice in Community Living (CiCL) demonstration project. The evaluation has aimed to help key stakeholders involved in its development and implementation by providing information about how activities are working and identifying issues for further consideration. 
The evaluation was conducted by Evalue Research in June and July 2013 with staff from the support agencies, NASC and with 10 disabled people/whānau who have considered CiCL as an option.

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 25 August 2015

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