News bulletin 18 November

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Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 277 18 November 2015


From NZ media this week

Chilean nurse's inspiring journey to registration and citizenship
Six times Chilean-born Maria Godoy sat the English language assessment test to obtain Nursing Council of New Zealand registration to nurse in Rotorua; five times she failed.

Indigenous health the focus of Hamilton hui
A community-driven campaign to cut the number of young Australian Aborigines drinking excessively is being credited with a 16 percent drop in youth binge drinking.

Report highlights New Zealand's health system failing Maori
Being Maori is the biggest risk to poor health outcomes and an early death, a report has shown.
The bleak outlook highlighted the risk for Maori women with cancer who are twice as likely to die from the disease than non-Maori.


Cancer - the cost of a life: Experts - live with low-risk cancer
In a five-part series, the Herald investigates controversies in cancer testing and treatment and reports on the moving stories of people afflicted with cancer. In the fifth and final part of the series, Herald health reporter Martin Johnston turns his attention to prostate cancer.

Cancer - the cost of a life: The exorbitant price of staying alive
In a five-part series, the Herald investigates controversies in cancer testing and treatment and reports on the moving stories of people afflicted with cancer. In the fourth part of the series, Herald health reporter Martin Johnston turns his attention to melanoma.

DHBs and PHOs

Care tops DHB complaints
Accident and emergency, mental health and surgery are the services most commonly complained about at the Lakes District Health Board.

Health passports to ease patients' lot
More than a quarter of people in Wairarapa live with a disability.
"But it's not about what's wrong with you, it's about living with quality," says Pauline Boyles.

Too many illnesses avoidable: DHB
Too many Bay of Plenty people are ending up in hospital with skin infections and stomach bugs which could be readily avoided through early intervention.

Thousands of leave hours owed to Taranaki hospital staff
More than 750 Taranaki hospital workers are owed over $14 million in time off, new figures reveal.
It means that 44 per cent of staff at the Taranaki Base Hospital - 755 workers - are owed more than four weeks of annual leave - the fourth highest figure among the country's district health boards.

Middlemore Hospital full as doctors urged to not refer patients
Auckland's Middlemore Hospital is overflowing with patients as family doctors are urged to only refer the most serious cases.

Network enabling safer patient care:
Compass Health PHO is encouraging Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa healthcare providers to join a network helping health professionals share information about patients who may be abusing or seeking drugs.

Ethical issues

Tips for making patient-centered ethical decisions
As a nurse working in the cardiac care ICU at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for 12 years, Stephanie Seburn, BSN, RN, CCRN, won’t say she ran across morally distressing dilemmas every day. But they definitely were part of her nursing practice often enough, and continue to hold her attention years later.

From ‘right to die’ to ‘right to choose the way you die’ – the shifting euthanasia debate
ABC’s Q&A program took on euthanasia last night, and in the process reinforced its reputation as the leading television forum for political and social debate.

Public health

Throat swabbing for rheumatic fever costs too much and might not work - report
Mass throat swabbing will not be enough to combat rheumatic fever and might not even work, a report says.
The Government recently trumpeted big gains in the fight against the third-world disease that hits children, crediting the more than $65 million poured into prevention.

Figures 'highlight deteriorating access' to hip and knee surgery
Figures highlight deteriorating access to hip and knee surgery "Some hard questions need to be asked about access to hip and knee surgery around the country and why the threshold for getting treatment seems to be getting higher and higher," says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

From International media this week

ANA and OADN call for seamless education transition
To meet the needs of patients in today’s healthcare system, nurses must be able to move easily through nursing education programs, from associate degree levels to BSN and higher, two major nursing groups said in a statement released in August.

Translating a just culture to nursing schools
For more than a quarter of a century, Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN, has dedicated her career to making patient care safer and educating nurses in safety science. Barnsteiner has served as director of nursing practice and research atChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia and director of nursing for translational research at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She is a professor emerita for pediatric nursing, clinician educator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursi

Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees
Growing demand for bachelor’s degrees comes partly in response to increasingly complex health-care system

Nurses' work environment helps outcomes, readmissions more than staffing
Better environment improves scores even in poorly-staffed hospitals

Work and management

Being a nurse leader, even without the title
Every profession has members who rise into leadership, and effective leaders can make all the difference. This cannot be more true of healthcare and nursing, arenas that necessitate highly collaborative teams

NZ employers told to tackle spiralling workplace bullying
Workplace bullying is on the rise, highlighting the need for awareness of the issue and for businesses to adopt a bully-free culture.
According to employment lawyer and partner at Duncan Cotterill Mark Lawlor, the number of workplace bullying cases have increased, signalling both a greater awareness of the issue (and therefore an increase in reporting) and a persistent problem with New Zealand's work culture.

Research article  

Supervisors’ pedagogical role at a clinical education ward – an ethnographic study
Manninen K, Henriksson E, Scheja M, Silén C
BMC Nursing 2015, 14 :55 (5 November 2015)
Background: Clinical practice is essential for health care students. The supervisor’s role and how supervision should be organized are challenging issues for educators and clinicians. Clinical education wards have been established to meet these challenges and they are units with a pedagogical framework facilitating students’ training in real clinical settings. Supervisors support students to link together theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. From students’ perspectives, clinical education wards have shown potential to enhance students’ learning. Thus there is a need for deeper understanding of supervisors’ pedagogical role in this context. We explored supervisors’ approaches to students’ learning at a clinical education ward where students are encouraged to independently take care of patients

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 November 2015

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