News bulletin 13 January 2016

on 13 January


Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 283 13 January 2016


From NZ media this week

Patients unaware of staff prying in their files
More than 70 upper North Island health workers have been disciplined for snooping into patients' records in the past three years, and not all of the patients have been told.

Nurses in classrooms to target rheumatic fever
A scheme for putting nurses in classrooms to check for early signs of rheumatic fever has the support of health researchers.

Deceased organ donors reach the greatest number yet
Organ donation officials are hailing the increase in deceased donors last year to 53, as the greatest number yet.

Maori, Pasifika respiratory disease rates a scandal - doctors
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation medical director and Wellington Hospital respiratory physician Kyle Perrin said respiratory disease was the country's third biggest killer and the government needed to make it a priority.,-pasifika-respiratory-disease-rates-a-scandal-doctors

'Human scandal' as Christchurch elderly refused access to surgeries
Colleen Beaton spent three years unable to use her left arm, battling with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) to prove she was in enough agony to receive the surgery she had been referred for.

Holiday drunks clog Waikato emergency department, 90 per cent of staff assaulted
A Waikato doctor is fed up with the number of drunks who turn up at his emergency department. They're not just diverting attention from truly sick people, they're assaulting his staff.
We get vomited on, occasionally hit, frequently verbally abused - there's a lot of swearing," Waikato Hospital Emergency Department head John Bonning said

More money, better conditions in private sector
Public hospital staff are bearing the brunt of governmental "belt tightening", both in terms of pay and working conditions, union representatives say.
Those staff have  had their pay increase at a rate slower than inflation  in the past five years, while working conditions also pushed some staff to the private sector.

Grotesque' pay gap at hospitals - union
The pay gap between public hospital staff and their chief executives has been described as 'grotesque' by the senior doctor's union.'grotesque'-pay-gap-at-hospitals-union

Drugs, alcohol and smoking

Govt urged to loosen e-cigarette rules
Some New Zealand tobacco researchers are calling for the government to allow e-cigarettes containing small amounts of nicotine to be sold here, in the same way nicotine patches ar

E-cigarette rule hurting NZ's poorest
Strict restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine are preventing some of New Zealand's poorest from giving up tobacco, academics say.'s-poorest

Government failing to adequately address tobacco-related harm for Māori
Māori smoking rates have barely changed since 2011, and the Government is not doing enough to address tobacco-related harm amongst Māori, say leading tobacco researchers and public health advocates.

Ethical issues

Auckland researcher to speak at international euthanasia conference
An Auckland researcher facing an ethics complaint around research on euthanasia is due to speak at an international euthanasia conference in Amsterdam. 
Dr Pam Oliver and fellow researcher Dr Phillipa Malpas from Auckland University's School of Medicine distributed a survey to New Zealand doctors and nurses in 2015 asking for their experience and opinions on euthanasia.

Social health

Bay patients can no longer afford prescriptions
Bay people could be jeopardising their health by not collecting prescriptions or only picking up some of their medication because of cost, professionals warn.

From International media this week

Tele-ICU systems provide nurses opportunity to improve patient care
Telemedicine is changing the way patient care is provided in a growing number of intensive care units (ICUs) across the country, and tele-ICU nurses - who see its impact firsthand - say it provides an opportunity to improve care, according to results of a national survey published in the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC).

Nurse Jobs Shift From The Hospital To The Community
An increasing number of nurses are getting their first jobs outside of the hospital as the healthcare system moves from fee-for-service medicine to population health that focuses on outreach and tries to keep patients well.

OECD Report: India Biggest Exporter of Doctors and Nurses to Europe
A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has made some interesting findings about the pedigrees of doctors and nurses in Europe. As it turns out, a great number of these medical professionals came from India. In fact, India has been identified as the largest exporter of doctors and nurses to Europe.

Using the Chronic Care Model to prevent, treat obesity: 3 tips
Combating obesity and other chronic diseases requires more than just clinical interventions, it requires both clinical and community systems to integrate, according to an article published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

Patients leaving hospitals often don’t understand care plans
(Reuters Health) - Many patients leaving the hospital don’t understand follow-up care plans because the instructions are tailored to people with higher reading levels and more education, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Placement system ‘too weak’ to support hoped for rise in student places
Suggestions that thousands more nurses would be trained under plans to scrap bursaries are misplaced due a lack of placements and mentors to support students, it has been claimed.

Quebec nurses can prescribe some laboratory tests, medications
Nurses have the authority to prescribe certain tests and some medicines to better manage treatment, thanks to a regulation that came into force Monday.

Reports online

How sharp are we on safety? An assessment of safer sharps adoption in UK hospitals
“In order to build a picture of the current level of adoption and compliance in UK acute (and other) healthcare institutions in respect of EU Council Directive 2010/32/EU and Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, MindMetre conducted research into actual purchasing volumes of safer sharps across the UK NHS acute sector. The results reveal that, although progress has been made, the proportion of safer sharp devices is still nowhere near what would be reasonably expected in order to be fully compliant.” Source: MindMetre

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 12 January 2016.

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