News bulletin 7 October

on 7 October

Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 271 7 October 2015

 From NZ media this week

Nursing Māori graduates bring distinct skill set to the job
Whitireia New Zealand will tomorrow hold a graduation ceremony for the last group of Bachelor of Nursing Māori students to finish in July, before the programme moves to a November end date
from 2016.

Hopes high for Māori nursing students
As 13 Māori nursing students graduate from Whitireia Polytechnic, hopes are high that their bicultural skills will improve health outcomes for Māori patients.

Long service recognised
Lakes District Health Board has recognised 21 staff for long service with one staff member employed for 50 years.

Fake boobs but real health tips
People had the opportunity to feel some breasts in Victoria Ave yesterday - model ones.
The Pink Caravan made a stop in Wanganui yesterday as part of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation tour of the country. The caravan is travelling through 33 towns and cities in NZ to provide information to people about breast cancer and its symptoms.

Masks aid learning for nurses in Southland
The Southern Institute of Technology nursing programme is using new silicone masks as a teaching tool for students - with the aid of some special characters.

Calls to address shortage of Māori midwives
Wāhine around the country are suffering due to a shortage of Māori midwives, the National Māori Midwives Organisation says.

DHBs and PHOs

Hospitals clear out sugary soft drinks
Eleven years after the Waitemata District Health Board banned on-site sales of sugar-sweetened soft drinks, the last of the country's 20 DHBs has agreed to follow suit.

Blenheim's homeless to get free GP visit
The Marlborough Primary Health Organisation has agreed to supply homeless people with vouchers for a free GP visit.
Representatives from police, Marlborough District Council, the Ministry of Social Development, Housing New Zealand and health providers attended a meeting to address the issue of homelessness in Blenheim last week

Southern Clinic Network declined as Primary Health Organisation
The Southern District Health Board has declined the Southern Clinic Network's application to become Southland's second Primary Health Organisation.

Wellsouth leads NZ in diabetes management
Finding a better way to help patients manage diabetes prompted WellSouth to introduce the international DESMOND programme throughout Otago and Southland, with the potential to train staff in other District Health Boards. 
WellSouth Nurse Director Wendy Findlay said the Southern Primary Health Network was looking for an evidence based programme which would help people make better lifestyle choices by enabling them to take control of their diabetes management. Research led them to DESMOND, the standard diabetic care in the UK since 2003.

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

NZMA urges action on tobacco packaging
The New Zealand Medical Association urges the Government to make real progress with a standardised packaging regime for tobacco products—which has been sliding down the Parliamentary Order Paper ever since its introduction to Parliament in 2013.

Kicking the habit can take 12 tries
Doctor warns that smokers should keep trying to quit because benefits are huge.

Mental health

Supporting people with mental health issues
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says mental health awareness week is a timely reminder of the support people can give each other and the health services available.

A record 564 people committed suicide in New Zealand in the past year
New Zealanders are committing suicide in record numbers, with the Chief Coroner describing the figures as "appalling".

Public health

Ebola plans 'seriously flawed'
New documents reveal serious flaws in New Zealand's ability to contain an outbreak of Ebola or other deadly diseases.
The Herald on Sunday has obtained a nine-page Health Ministry debrief of the handling of two suspected Ebola cases this year.

From International media this week

A nurse with fatal breast cancer says end-of-life discussions saved her life
News reports say you will soon make a final decision about paying doctors and other providers who talk to their patients about end-of-life planning, I have a fatal form of breast cancer, and I’d like to tell you how such conversations have allowed me to survive, and live well, in the five years since my diagnosis.

The Nursing Shortage: Where Are We Going to Find 1 Million New Nurses in the Next Five Years?
With projected massive staffing shortages, including faculty to educate nursing students, the United States must usher in a tidal wave of new nurses to meet the growing need.

Hospital Workers Find Solace In Pausing After A Death
For trauma workers like Jonathan Bartels, a nurse who has worked in emergency care and palliative care, witnessing death over and over again takes a toll. Over time, they can become numb or burned out.

Montana nurses call for law to protect them from assault
Nurses are on the front lines of health care, and sometimes that can be a dangerous job. The Montana Nurses Association wants a new law to protect them.

New bill to end doctor oversight of some nurses raises controversy
NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan has been labeled a pipeline for illegal sales of highly addictive painkillers, and now there's concern a bill on the table in Lansing will only make the problem worse.
But supporters say those fears are unwarranted.
The new bill could end doctors' oversight of certain registered nurses.

Four types of non-vaccinators profiled
While scientists are continuously improving vaccinations to stop the spread of disease, many people continue to opt out. In a new review of the literature, researchers identified four types of people who decide not to vaccinate due to issues of complacency, convenience, confidence, and calculation, and offer strategies to address these issues.

Study explores viability of getting treatment by same doctors, nurses
TODAY reports: The National Healthcare Group Polyclinics has initiated a study into a new model where patients with chronic conditions are under the care of the same team of healthcare professionals.

Swedish social experiment highlights the benefits of a six-hour work day
Most Western employees are used to spending more time with their colleagues than with their family. In the US, employees spend anaverage 47 hours per week at the office in a desperate bid to impress the boss and prove their work ethic before heading home, exhausted.

Health and wellness

Despair or relief? A mammogram might be the difference
This October, Breast Cancer Month, an emotional campaign by the NZ Breast Foundation will remind women that finding cancer early, through a mammogram, might mean the difference between relief and despair.

Articles of interest

Reviewing the Literature: Essential First Step in Research, Quality Improvement, and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice
This article provides nursing professional development specialists with a concise resource on conducting literature reviews: the essential first step of a research project, quality improvement initiative, or the implementation of evidence-based practice. The literature review cannot be overlooked because it sets the foundation for an investigative project’s ethical implementation and subsequent success. Conducting a literature review may seem overwhelming for the novice, but these fears can be overcome with knowledge and practical assistance.

A survey of the breast care nurse role in the provision of information and supportive care to Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer
To explore the role of the Australian breast care nurse in the provision of information and support to women with breast cancer, with a focus on the differences experienced depending on geographic work context.

From the Ministry of Health

Relationships and emotional support: Findings from LiLACS NZ
This short report presents findings from the Life and Living in Advanced Age Cohort Study (LiLACS NZ) about the relationships people in advanced age have with family and friends and whether they feel they have emotional support.

Independence in daily activities in advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ
This report presents findings from the Life and Living in Advanced Age Cohort Study (LiLACS NZ) about the activities that people can perform independently or without assistance, for Māori (aged 80–90 years) and non-Māori (aged 85 years).

National Cervical Screening Programme: changing the primary laboratory test
Changing the cervical screening test to improve outcomes for women — consultation

Supporting Parents, Healthy Children
Supporting parents with mental illness and or addiction and their children: A guideline for mental health and addiction services

Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance
Every year 3000 men are found to have prostate cancer and 600 die from the disease. This publication will help primary care practitioners provide men and their family and whānau with consistent, culturally appropriate information on prostate cancer testing and treatment.

It includes an algorithm to help primary care practitioners have informed discussion with men who present with prostate-related concerns, and to support men to make informed decisions about prostate cancer testing. Explanatory notes provide more detailed information on each of the steps involved.

The guidance provides referral criteria including definitions of high suspicion of prostate cancer for the Faster Cancer Treatment Programme.

This guidance has been endorsed by the:

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

The Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand

The New Zealand Urological Nurses Society

The New Zealand Society of Pathologists.

Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP) Evaluation Report
The Evaluation of the Gerontology Acceleration Programme reports findings from a nursing workforce development programme between Canterbury District Health Board and the aged residential care sector.

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 6 October 2015

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