News bulletin 16 March 2016

on 16 March


Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 291 16 March 2016

From NZ media this week

 Nursing Review looks at the extra expectations that are often placed on Māori and Pacific nurses and shares some advice for nurses and workplaces on how to avoid the risk of burnout.
We just need somebody to lead the powhiri...
The Church is looking for someone just like you to...
An elderly Samoan man has just turned up, can you translate...
Auntie is sick, can you just pop round after work...
We are looking for a Māori nurse for this working party, you’d be great...
Sorry to wake you up, but Mrs Toleafoa from down the street has had a turn…
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New primary cervical screening test in 2018
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the primary cervical screening test will change to screening for human papillomavirus (HPV) every five years.
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Cevical test switch 'wrong'
Medical specialists are warning a change to the way women are tested for cervical cancer is risky and premature.
From 2018, three-yearly primary cervical screening tests based on cell analysis will be replaced with tests for human papillomavirus (HPV) - which causes more than 90 per cent of cervical cancer - every five years.
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Faster accurate patient enrolment data
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new digital enrolment service is being introduced at general practices, benefiting both practices and patients. 
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Cultural safety

CMHA webinar series highlights need for supports in refugee mental health
CMHA Ontario hosted two webinars in February to share expertise and support the community mental health sector in responding to the needs of Syrian and other refugee populations. Each webinar focused on providing people and organizations in the community mental health sector with information, tools and resources to inform work with marginalized populations.
Webinars are now archived on the CMHA Ontario website for those who are interested in viewing the resources. The next webinar in this four part series will share stories of migration and mental health and will be held on April 25.
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Mental health

Funding for study to compare aged New Zealanders' loneliness with rest of world
A study following a group of Kiwis as they grow older will explore whether senior citizens are lonely, socially isolated, or quite happy flying solo.
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Patient safety

Health, Quality and Safety Commission urges greater transparency on doctors' performances
Patients could soon be given more information about whether their lives are in the hands of a crack medical ensemble or an error-prone b-team.
But a push to open the books on the performance of individual doctors is likely to fail, amid concerns patients would "misinterpret" the results
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Public gets more transparency about DHB complaints following Ombudsman's ruling
A just released Ombudsman's ruling means the public will be better informed about the rate of complaints made about each District Health Board.
Until now the Health and Disability Commission has refused to release the rate of complaints made about each health board on the grounds that doing so may "damage the public interest".
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Public health

Māori public health expert joins Massey
Māori knowledge about healthy living needs to be resuscitated, says Associate Professor Marewa Glover, who recently joined Massey University’s School of Public Health in a newly created role.

From International media this week

Question mark over global credentials of new nursing metric
The countries previously referenced by the DH as using the new metric – the US, New Zealand and Western Australia – use a similar nursing hours per patient day tool to plan safe staffing but do not include healthcare assistants in their calculations, unlike the NHS version
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The Florida Nurses Association applauded lawmakers Friday for passing a bill allowing advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances, a measure the group had put before the legislature for 22 years.
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Articles of interest

An integrative review of the impact of mobile technologies used by healthcare professionals to support education and practice
The aim of this study was to provide evidence of the impact of mobile technologies among healthcare professionals in education and practice settings.

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 8 March February 2016.

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