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News bulletin 10 February 2016on 10 February
Welcome to the
College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 287 10 February 2016
From NZ media this week
Taranaki Students Play a Part in Reducing Maori
Maori students in Taranaki are gaining valuable work experience throughout secondary and tertiary education and in turn, contributing to the aim of decreasing Maori health inequalities thanks to the Why Ora employment pathways program run through Whakatipuranga Rima Rau (WRR) at Taranaki District Health Board.
Better nutrition policies needed for children
Most early childhood education services strive to encourage healthy eating among children, but need stronger and more detailed nutrition policies to support change in everyday staff and parent
More kids are sick
when visiting the doctor is free
Free visits to the doctor for 6 to 13 year-olds has resulted in thousands more child visits to southern GPs.
But the Riverton Medical Centre has slammed the government scheme for being under-funded and putting strain on already busy doctors.
One Stop Guide to Best Practice
The Council of Medical
Colleges (CMC) today launched A Best Practice Guide for continuous
practice improvement for doctors.
Drugs, alcohol, smoking, addictions
Have national smoking bans worked in reducing harms in
The most robust evidence yet, published today in the Cochrane Library, suggests that national smoking legislation does reduce the harms of passive smoking, and particularly risks from heart
Māori group urges bigger
tobacco tax rise
The National Maori Tobacco Control Service is urging the government to keep increasing the cost of tobacco, and by greater amounts.
It’s no longer science fiction. Modern science
has the ability to manipulate the DNA of a human embryo. In a world’s
first, scientists in
last year that they had edited a mutated gene which causes a blood disorder in
a human embryo.
Taxing sugary drinks: Empirical findings out of
Last month the British Medical Journal published a study on the highly anticipated purchasing data examining the impact of taxing sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) in Mexico (1). This study reported that the 10% tax on SSBs was associated with an overall 12% reduction in purchases and a 4% increase in purchases of untaxed beverages one year after implementation. In this blog we examine this latest study, how it fits in with existing evidence, and how these results might apply to improving the control of obesity and improving child oral health in New Zealand.
Experts warn thousands unaware of Hep B
Tens of thousands of Māori, Pasifika and Asian New Zealanders are believed to be infected with Hepatitis B without knowing they have the liver disease.
immunisation for older children
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign starts today to remind parents and caregivers of older children about the school based immunisation programme.
Positive signs in
search to solve rheumatic fever and group A strep throat
NZ Doctor, 3 February 2016
Driven by desperation to find a solution to outbreaks of group A strep throat, a precursor to rheumatic fever, Eastern Bay of Plenty doctors have turned to a probiotic treatment originally developed at Otago University
Zika cases on the rise in NZ
Five cases of Zika have been reported in New Zealand in the last week, bringing the total number of people treated for the disease this year to 11.
From International media this week
Hospitals 'Grow Their Own' Specialty Care RNs Amid
Hospital-based nurse residency programs are increasing in number — improving retention and lowering contract labor costs.
overworked, underpaid and uber-stressed
Most say they love their jobs, but don't like the side effects
Nurse-Family program to guide local 1st-time moms
through pregnancy, early years
First-time mothers could receive additional help after the local branch of the Nurse- Family Partnership received a grant to guide women through pregnancy and their child’s first years.
Test question: Can games help train future doctors and
Kaizen, an online quiz game developed by a group of infectious diseases doctors in the UAB School of Medicine, is going viral.
The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses
The country has experienced nursing shortages for decades, but an aging population means the problem is about to get much worse.
That's the number of vacant registered nursing positions across
the state, according to a new report from the Florida Center for Nursing.
Best of times,
worst of times for RNs in the UK
THE UK needs nurses – badly, urgently as in yesterday – that’s on the “Best of Times” column.
Nurses back bill to protect them from violent patients
BOSTON – Karen Coughlin has been punched, bitten, kicked, and spat at by some of her patients at Taunton State Hospital. Her clothes have been torn and her hair has been pulled.
She was even once threatened by a harmonica that was turned into a straight edge blade.
Working but homeless
Working families with young children and babies are being left homeless and sleeping in cars in Auckland, as they struggle to get into emergency housing, and are turned off or away from Housing New Zealand.
Parents say even with accommodation supplement benefits, their wages don't cover rising rents, and living in garages or spending nights on the floors of friends and family are the only options they have.
Work and management
Techniques ED nurses employ to combat violence at
Whether at a small, free standing or one in a frenetic, high-volume hospital, many ED nurses regularly confront at work.
Articles of interest
Improving cultural competence in end-of-life pain
January 2016, Volume 46 Number 1 , p 32 - 41 [FREE]
MANAGING PAIN is a central component of end-of-life care, and nurses are in a prime position to relieve pain and suffering throughout the dying process. But as the United States continues to become more ethnically and culturally diverse, healthcare providers face increasing challenges as they care for patients with different cultural values.
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