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No. 270 30 Sept 2015


From NZ media this week

Network recruits first permanent Nurse Practitioner
In a first-ever recruitment appointment NZLocums has placed a Nurse Practitioner into a permanent role in a New Zealand rural general practice.

Dunedin nurse stole hundreds of drugs for own use
A nurse has been found guilty of pocketing hundreds of prescription drugs while working at Dunedin Hospital.
Julie Powell, who now lives in the United Kingdom, was found guilty of professional misconduct after misappropriating prescription medication for her own use.

Cultural Competence, Partnership and Health Equity: Professional Obligations Towards Māori Health Improvement
The Medical Council today called on doctors to work in partnership with Māori and address the issues of inequity they face in the health system.

Research tackles Maori and Pacifika heart inequalities
New research will explore why Maori, Pasifika and people living in areas of high deprivation are more likely to die from a major heart event.

Smear test every five years, not three - proposal
New Zealand women would need a cervical smear test every five years instead of the current recommendation for three-yearly appointments, under a proposed change.

DHBs and PHOs

Auckland DHBs using more eReferrals
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Auckland’s three DHBs are increasingly using eReferrals, enabling faster more accurate transfer of patient information.

Hospitals with high death rates face scrutiny
Whangarei, Whakatane and Gisborne say factors other than good care skew figures.

Social health

State may try to stop some families having more children
Some families who have come to the attention of authorities may be stopped from having more children by the Government.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley told TVNZ's Q+A said she expected the panel looking at restructuring Child, Youth and Family would recommend getting faster contraceptive advice to
some families.

State won't force contraception on women, but will be more 'proactive' with problem mums
The state would not force unfit mothers to have their tubes tied, but it would be "far more proactive" in getting them access to contraception.

From International media this week

Strategies for Reducing Nurse Turnover
A healthcare economist's prescription for retaining RNs includes creating mentorship positions for older nurses and investing in employee development programs.

Report: NPs, PAs won't solve primary care shortage
The industry still needs policies to solve the primary care shortage since more nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are choosing subspecialty careers, according to new research from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

3 reasons nurses report to work sick
'Presenteeism' is driven by stiff attendance policies and lack of coverage, workplace flexibility

New Blog Series Explores Nursing Conflict Resolution Skills
Conflict Resolution Skills Empower Nurses to Show Leadership to Achieve Positive Patient Outcomes

Conflict in the Workplace: Nurse Bullying
This is part one of a four-part series. Conflict is an inevitable part of your professional life. This multi-part series will explore the roots of conflict and suggest methods for effectively managing difficult situations.

10 ways nurses can improve diagnoses, reduce errors
Nurses play a key role in the diagnostic process in that they ensure communication and care coordination among diagnostic team members, monitor patients and may identify potential diagnostic inconsistencies or errors.

Nursing in history

Design students help with museum's exhibition on WW1 nurses
Students from the Otago Polytechnic's School of Design have pitched in to help Otago Museum create a striking exhibition which reveals more about Otago nurses caring for wounded soldiers in France during World War 1.
Since late last year several groups of third year bachelor of design, communication, students from the polytechnic have poured their time and creativity into the project.


Articles of interest

Strategies for Success: Publishing Doctoral Work
Journal of Nursing Education
August 2015 - Volume 54 · Issue 8: 419-420
The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Part of faculty’s role is to support and encourage students to publish scholarly work that was either created during their doctoral studies or as the result of their culminating project. In an effort to facilitate a quicker launch to a postdoctoral career, an increasing number of doctoral nursing programs have added the publishable manuscript dissertation approach as an option to the traditional dissertation or have made publication of the Doctor of Nursing Practice project paper a requirement. Certainly, such stipulations can accelerate the sharing of cutting edge information and help to position graduates for their career as a scholar. However, with these stipulations also come responsibilities.

Generation Y New Zealand Registered Nurses’ views about nursing work: a survey of motivation and maintenance factors (pages 49–61)
Isabel Jamieson, Ray Kirk, Sarah Wright and Cathy Andrew
The aim of this article was to report on the analysis of qualitative, open text data, received from a national on-line survey of what factors Generation Y New Zealand Registered Nurses wish to change about nursing and consideration of the potential policy and practice impacts of these requests on their retention.

New publications

Promoting Health in Aotearoa NZ Edited by Louise Signal and Mihi Ratima
KEY POINTS • First NZ text on health promotion • Essential for health policy makers and practitioners
The health of the planet – and all of us who live on it – is under dire threat from factors such as climate change, obesity and new infectious diseases. Progressive health promotion is an approach that can counterbalance these threats with practice, policy and advocacy for health, well-being and equity. Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand provides a rich scan of the health promotion landscape in New Zealand. It explores ways in which Māori, and other, perspectives have been melded with Western ideas to produce distinctly New Zealand approaches. In doing so it addresses the need for locally written material for use in teaching and practice, and provides direction for all those wanting to solve complex public health problems. The integration of an indigenous analysis throughout this text makes it a unique contribution that will be of great value to scholars, practitioners and all of those working in health promotion in New Zealand, Australia and beyond. – Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Durie, Massey University, New Zealand … a valuable contribution to promoting health and wellbeing in Aotearoa NZ and the Pacific region. – Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, New Caledonia … a must read for all health promoters, policy-makers and those seeking new solutions to public health problems. – Professor Fran Baum, Director, Southgate Institute, Flinders University

From the Ministry of Health

Final Evaluation Report – Workforce Innovation Simulation Project: Multidisciplinary operating room simulations (MORSim)
This report is an evaluation of The University of Auckland’s multidisciplinary operating theatre simulation programme. Health Workforce New Zealand contributed to funding the programme over three years.
The evaluation of the programme by The University of Auckland was positive and feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. The evaluation key findings found:
participants rated the course highly in educational value. Almost all found the simulations realistic and that they behaved as they would have in real procedures
there was no significant difference in the safety attitudes of staff in the operating theatres from which participants were drawn, but there was a significant difference in their communication behaviours following the simulations. The latter finding corresponds with studies where a 14 percent reduction in patient harm has been found
after the course 63 percent of participants reported positive changes in clinical practice.
The University of Auckland plan to continue with similar programmes as the focus of future work.

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 29 Sept 2015

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