News Bulletin 9 Mar

on 9 March

Christchurch earthquake 
Keeping active way to beat depressionDo what John Kirwan says.That's the advice of Christchurch psychologist Jonathan Black. He says Christchurch people must stay active to help avoid depression and anxiety ... 

Easing stress: things you can do
As I put on my dress yesterday I noticed it had become noticeably looser in the last week. Not because of any conscious change, but because until last night I've barely had anything to eat since the earthquake.  

From NZ media this week  
Reducing NZ's health inequities requires urgent action
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is calling for urgent action from the Government and health sector to address health inequities in New Zealand, which continues to perform poorly in terms of health outcomes and access to care when compared to ... 

Chronic disease treatment seeks to empower patients
The way chronic diseases are managed in Hawke's Bay looks set to change as local nurses took the first step in becoming trainers of an Australian-based treatment model last week.Eleven 

Health inequalities a “national shame” but preventable: PHA
The Public Health Association (PHA) says today’s call by The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) for the Government and Health Sector urgently to address inequalities is further endorsement that we've had the wrong health focus for too long 

Education forum endorses three-year degree
The three-year nursing degree and a mix of university and polytechnic providers appear to have consensus backing, following a recent major nurse education forum.  

Trish Dovestone is a nurse co-ordinator for the family violence intervention programme (FVIP) run by the South Canterbury District Health Board. 

From international media sources 

Nurses call for better pain assessment in hospitals
Swedish nurse researchers have called for greater pain assessment in hospitals after finding 65% of patients have problems.$NshWWRVG/hig14 

Practice nurses under 'additional pressure'
Practice nurses in Scotland are struggling to cope with an increase in demand for their services, nursing leaders have warned 

Bursary available for theatre nurses
Theatre nurses are being urged to apply for a £1,000 cash award to enhance their training 

The Future of Nursing in a 'Reformed' Health Care System
February 25, 2011 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have been leading a two-year-long effort, working with nursing leaders, public policy and technology experts, demographers, educators and others to pull together their collective experience and ideas and form a comprehensive set of recommendations that address the future of nursing 

Nurse practitioners: changing the healthcare landscape?
When we're sick most of us think of the doctor. But with access to doctors an issue for some of us, could nurse practitioners be the answer to some of our healthcare needs  

Practice Nurses Need More than Funding to Change their Role
A recent study shows that the role of practice nurses in GP clinics will remain limited unless the current hierarchical and 'master-servant' attitudes are also reformed. A 3-year study of practice nurse roles in 25 general practices reveals that, despite the government's new funding structure for practice nurses, the team culture in many GP clinics will continue to stunt the performance and independence of practice nurses. 

Top nurses want failed schools shut
Citing an alarming decline in the quality of graduates based on the results of the licensure examinations, the Philippine Nurses Association and even deans of various nursing schools themselves are asking for the closure of “low performing schools” in a bid to arrest the steady decline of the quality of our nurses.

More nurses seeking help for financial woes
Many more nurses are struggling to cope with everyday living costs, according to a charity that supports nurses in financial difficulty. 

Lansley: understaffing is not excuse for 'never events'
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has issued a stark message to nurses – there is quite simply “no excuse” for the most serious failings in care. 

Public health 

NZ children's dental health still among worst
The dental health of young children continues to be among the worst in the developed world, figures reveal. 

Nicotine replacements poisoning kids
People who use nicotine replacement therapy are being warned of the harm it can do to children - after a huge rise in calls… 

Bay's immunisation shame: Worst in NZ
Health Minister Tony Ryall has demanded big improvements from Bay of Plenty District Health Board after it scored worst in ...  

Articles of interest 
Lived experiences of internationally educated nurses in hospitals in the United States of America
Aim: The overall goal of this study was to elicit and describe the lived experiences of internationally educated nurses (IENs) who work in a multi-hospital medical centre in the urban USA. 

Nursing needs a new image
Suzanne Gordon
Empowerment. Patient advocacy. These are some of the most commonly heard words in nursing. No matter where I go and no matter with whom I talk, nurses argue that one of their primary missions is to advocate for patients. They also acknowledge that patient advocacy is hardly easy. That is because genuine advocacy is not just wishing the patient well. All too often it involves taking a risk, speaking out in public, and/or explaining what nurses do and why it is so important for politicians and policy makers to allocate resources to support nursing care. 

 Website of interest 
Coping after an earthquake
For every individual, grief has its own rhythm and flow, and when the time is right to seek out information and guidance, these links below may offer some support, advice and understanding and may help some people get through. 

Online resources 
New earthquake support handbook for businesses
Skylight, a specialist trauma and grief support agency, has developed a practical handbook for employers, managers and team leaders in organisations and businesses impacted by the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks. They are offering a range of support options to business as well as individuals and families, including free phone counselling and resources designed to be used with children and young people to overcome trauma and grief. For more information, support or to request hard copies of the handbook, phone 0800 299 100 or email

Hui/ Professional development and continuing education opportunities 
HUI TAUIRA O NGA NEEHI MAORI 2011Maori Student Nurses Hui 2011  When: 10am Tuesday 5th April 2011-10:30am Friday 8th April 2011Venue:Omahu Marae, Fernhill HastingsHosted by Eastern Institute of Technology 

Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2011 International Conference support grants
The AES will provide grants to emerging indigenous evaluators from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to support their participation in the 2011 AES International Conference. The submission deadline is 16 March 2011. Visit the Australasian Evaluation Society website for more information.

Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy in Nursing Practice
The University of Auckland's School of Nursing is offering a semester one course introducing the guiding principles of cognitive and behaviour therapy (CBT), and development of clinical skills in both cognitive and behavioural tools and techniques. The course dates are 25 March and 14, 15 and 29 April 2011. Visit the University of Auckland website for further information.

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