News bulletin 25 November

on 25 November


Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 278 25 November 2015


From NZ media this week

Programme ensure nurses spend time with patients
Nurses are spending more time with patients as a result of a new programme.
Taranaki District Health Board is one of 13 DHBs around the country using the Productive Ward - Releasing Time To Care programme (RTC) which enables staff to change the way they work so they have more time to spend with patients, Taranaki DHB Hospital Services Manager for Surgical Services Lee McManus said

Nurse wins three-year ACC legal battle
A Hastings nurse who was brutally beaten by a psychiatric patient has won a three-year battle with the Accident Compensation Corporation.

Doctors called on to prevent bullying in New Zealand hospitals
Doctors have been told they can no longer ignore bullying in our hospitals, where it is treated like a "rite of passage".
MidCentral District Health Board chief medical officer Dr Ken Clarke told senior doctors at a conference in Wellington on Friday that bullying, sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour occurred through all levels of hospitals and was considered "part of the game".

Progress on researching unmet health need
A research project to measure unmet health need among adults in New Zealand is making significant progress, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

Privacy fears over filming at hospitals
Filming by patients and family members at hospitals could infringe privacy or become a weapon for harrassment of staff, health professionals fear.

DHBs and PHOs

Canterbury District Health Board into deficit despite $16 million boost
The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is already $500,000 in debt for the current financial year, despite receiving a "cash boost" of $16 million from the Government.

Auditor-General’s report published: Delivering scheduled services to patients – Progress in responding to the Auditor-General’s recommendation
In 2011, we published a report that looked at the progress that the Ministry of Health and district health boards (DHBs) had made towards achieving the objectives of a strategy released in 2000 to reduce waiting times for public hospital elective services. In December 2013, we published our first follow-up report. Today, we have published a second follow-up report, which should be read alongside our 2013 report.

Record number of patient complaints over public healthcare
Kiwis are complaining about health care more than ever, with services in Wairarapa receiving the harshest criticism from patients.
The Health and Disability Commissioner has revealed the first half of this year was a record for patient discontent, with 380 complaints about everything from botched surgery to rudeness.

More gynaecological services coming to a GP near you
Changes to gynaecological services in the Hutt Valley will see more GPs offering procedures that have largely been the preserve of gynaecologists.
The Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast and Wairarapa district health boards have been part of a government initiative to deliver more health services closer to home for patients, with a range of services usually provided at hospitals slowly becoming more common at doctors' practices.

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

Drunk patients 'health emergency'
Study shows one in 8 cases in hospital EDs at peak periods in NZ and Australia are alcohol-related

Mental health

The anxiety epidemic
Unprecedented numbers of young New Zealanders are being diagnosed with anxiety disorders. So what’s it like to suffer from anxiety - and what could be the cause of it?


Kiwi kids face lighter future by 2018
Our ballooning childhood obesity crisis could improve in as little as two to three years, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Adviser says.
Sir Peter Gluckman spoke in Wellington on Wednesday about the Government's childhood obesity plan, at an event hosted by Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.

Patient safety

Mute medical colleges failing those with unmet health needs, surgeon says
The medical profession is failing to advocate for thousands of people with unmet health needs, a Christchurch surgeon says.
Canterbury Charity Hospital chairman Dr Philip Bagshaw made the comments in a speech at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) annual conference on Friday.

Public health

COPD to become third leading cause of death by 2030
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is set to become the third leading cause of death worldwide in the next 15 years[1], and New Zealand currently has the second highest hospitalisation rate for the disease in the OECD[2].

Superbug found in chicken 'dangerous'
Doctors are alarmed at the unprecedented discovery of a superbug found in chickens that has now jumped across to infect people around New Zealand.
A new  superbug has been found in chicken from three of New Zealand's four major poultry suppliers.

From International media this week

ANF releases American Nurse documentary study guide
The American Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, recently released “The American Nurse: Healing America – A Reflection Guide – The Power of You – The RN for Registered Nurses (Staff RNs and APRNs) and Nurse Leaders.”

Nursing–theatre collaboration brings real emotion to end-of-life simulations at UAH
It's your first day as a brand-new nurse, and it isn't going well. Your patient, an elderly woman with a terminal illness on the hospice unit, is struggling to take a breath as her worried family members look on. A few hours into your shift, when she ceases breathing for long periods of time, you recognize it as a sign of impending death. And before long, she's gone. Now her husband and daughter are looking to you to figure out what just happened - and what they're supposed to do next.

The value of purposeful rounding
Purposeful rounding is a proactive, systematic, nurse-driven, evidence-based intervention that helps us anticipate and address patient needs. When applied to nursing, rounding often is described as “hourly” or “purposeful.” We prefer the latter term, because on some units or at certain times of day, rounding doesn’t take place at hourly intervals.

A culture of caring is a culture of curing
Nursing has a powerful positive impact on patients’ lives. Because of its intimate nature, as exemplified by the essence of nursing, nurses can make the most significant contribution to patients’ experiences, safety, and healing.

From the Ministry of Health

Interim Evaluation of the Sore Throat Management Component of the New Zealand Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme
This interim evaluation assessed the sore throat management component of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme from the baseline years (2009 to 2011) up to June 2015. A final overall technical report of the interim evaluation and a shorter summary version is available in the downloads column of this page.

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 24 November 2015

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