News bulletin 16 December

on 16 December


Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 281 16 December 2015



From NZ media this week

Nursing graduates finding jobs sooner
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more than half the country's nurses graduating in November have found jobs before they know their final exam results through the system which matches graduates with employers.

Kiwi nurse Dr Frances Hughes is to lead the world's biggest nursing organisation representing more than 13 million nurses across 130 countries.

Aged care

Aged care sector needs more support to help New Zealanders die well
Aged residential care homes need more resources to help them support the increasing number of New Zealanders dying in their care, says Simon Wallace, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA).

Ethical issues

Doctors say no to assisted suicide
New Zealand doctors are being invited to add their name to an Open Letter rejecting medical involvement in euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Health research

Record $8.2m for NZ's emerging health researchers
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has today announced a record total of $8.2 million in awards to support the careers of the next generation of health research leaders.

Mental health

Indigenous suicide prevention resource first of its kind
The Mental Health Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a ground-breaking resource, which offers information about suicide prevention, identity and wellbeing for takatāpui: Māori who are whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (Known collectively as Rainbow).

Push to launch mental health court
Judges, lawyers and mental health advocates are calling for a 'mental health court' to stop what they say is the 'recycling' of people through the justice system.

Public health

Hazardous drinking rates have risen: survey
Severe obesity and risky drinking have risen, and smoking has continued its gradual decline, according to the latest survey results from the Ministry of Health.

New STI data provides further evidence of inequitable sexual and reproductive health outcomes, Family Planning says.
The highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhoea are among young people, Māori, Pasifika and people living in rural communities. Family Planning says the figures show that more must be done both to improve access to STI testing and treatment and to ensure services are in areas of highest need.

Social health

Poorest Communities Skipping Meds Due To High Cost
An Otago University study has found the country's most vulnerable are struggling to pay for vital medicines and are reducing their doses, not filling prescriptions and skipping meals due to the cost. It also found that many of those in the poorest communties are not aware they could get a subsidy card once they've paid for 20 prescriptions in a year, and  only recently has the Ministry started a system where pharmacies can cross reference a patient's prescriptions with other pharmacies. Professor Pauline Norris is from Otago University's School of Pharmacy.

Our crowded houses: Barely enough to cover the rent
An alarming number of Auckland families are being forced to live together in one house so they can afford rent and living expenses, a leading budgeting adviser says

Child Poverty is everyone's problem - Children's Commissioner
Nearly one-third of all New Zealand children are living in poverty and more than half of those kids will never escape it.
The latest Child Poverty Monitor report, released by Children's Commissioner Russell Wills today, laid out a grim reality for more than 300,000 children

From International media this week

Young doctors are bullied most by nurses, claims report
More than one-in-two medical interns, who claim they are bullied during their first year working in a hospital, blame nurses for their intimidation.

Five Top Innovations in Nursing Education
When it comes to innovation in nursing education, the time is now… and tomorrow.
The nursing profession has long embraced innovation--in professional practice and in education. It has had to, experts say. Over the years, nursing has had to cope with various shortages of nurses and faculty members to educate them, as well as evolutions in technology and models of health care delivery, an increasingly diverse population, and a shift toward more patient-centered care.

Nurses Are Looking For More Power to Practice
Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Nurse practitioners and doctors are currently debating how much a nurse can do without the supervision of a physician.

Social media

Suzanne Gordon: Medicine’s F Word—Fail
I first heard medicine’s F word almost 30 years ago when I was having a casual conversation with an oncologist in a break room on the hematology/oncology unit. The oncologist—an earnest man devoted to his patients—was talking about a man who was dying of cancer. “Well,” he said with grim resignation, “he failed six rounds of chemotherapy and there’s nothing else we can do.”

Articles of interest

Leadership, Knowledge Sharing, and Creativity: The Key Factors in Nurses’ Innovative Behaviors
Objective: This study identified the factors that affect the innovative behaviors of nurses at general hospitals based on their individual and organizational characteristics.

Nurse leader competencies: A toolkit for success
Does pondering whether you have a leadership pipeline for the future keep you up at night? Further, as you consider the future of healthcare, are you certain that your current leadership team is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to navigate the turbulent tides of healthcare reform? At Texas Children's Hospital, we wanted to be armed and ready for the charge. Our journey leveraged a strategic partnership between the nursing and human resources departments. The aim was to transform the existing nurse leadership model to align with our strategic priorities, support the changing healthcare landscape, and position the organization to produce high-quality outcomes. We embarked on a large scale nursing restructure and utilized key competencies in the job creation and interview process, nursing leadership education curriculum, and ongoing performance assessments for the foundation of a robust talent strategy and development of a succession plan.

From the Ministry of Health

Evaluation of the Cancer Nurse Coordinator Initiative Second Annual Report
This evaluation report provides information on year two of implementing the Cancer Nurse Coordinator Initiative across all district health boards.

Annual Update of Key Results 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey
This report provides a snapshot of the health of New Zealanders through the publication of key indicators on health behaviours, health status and access to health care for both adults and children.
This report presents the 2014/15 results from the continuous New Zealand Health Survey, with comparisons to the 2011/12 and 2006/07 surveys.
You can download the report, list of indicators and data tables from the Downloads section of this page. Results are available by sex, age group, ethnic group and neighbourhood deprivation.

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 14 December 2015

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