News bulletin 6 April

on 6 April


Welcome to the College of Nurses Aotearoa News Update.
No. 294 6 April 2016


From NZ media this week

Young nurses not dissuaded by high workloads and stressful environments
Nurses experience "relentless pressure" in high-stress environments but people are still keen to enter the profession, says Massey University's nursing school head.
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Nursing union calls for funding overhaul as graduates fall through cracks
Some graduate nurses are being pushed into employment with limited support and too much responsibility, while the country is expected to be about 15,000 nurses short by 2035.
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Southern DHB is encouraging its staff to #ImmuniseYourSelfie
With flu season nearly upon us Southern DHB is encouraging its staff to take up the offer of a free influenza vaccination once again this year to protect themselves, their patients and their families.
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Got a job working with children? Time to learn Te Reo and diagnose rheumatic fever
Being fluent in Maori, well-versed on the Privacy Act and diagnosing rheumatic fever are just some of the things those working with children would be expected to know under a new Government proposal.
Everyone from a school rugby coach or bus driver to doctors, nurses, teachers and senior managers will be given new requirements, to be assessed against, once Government signs off its Children's Workforce plan.
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NZ falls behind in reducing melanoma rates
New Zealand must make a stronger commitment to sun-protection policies as the country overtakes Australia for melanoma rates, Melanoma New Zealand says.
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Invest now to prevent melanoma - dermatologist
As a country leading the world with its melanoma rates, more investment into preventative treatment is needed, a Palmerston North dermatologist says.  
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Drugs, alcohol, smoking, addictions

Smoking and Our Young People - Professor Janet Hoek
It could be the next step in stopping young people smoking. Otago University researchers have found that cigarette sticks with printed health warnings or unattractive colours, could enhance the effects of plain packaging. In their paper published in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control, the Otago researchers and colleagues in Australia conducted an online survey of 313 New Zealand smokers. Professor Janet Hoek is the co-director of ASPIRE 2025 from the university.
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Peter Dunne takes health, rather than criminal, approach to drugs
How severely people are dealt with for possession of illegal drugs or drug utensils is to be reviewed - as a major international study says the punitive approach to drug offending hasn't worked.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has this morning reiterated the Government's commitment to review drug policy and make sure drug offending is primarily seen as a health matter.
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Mental health

Why are more children and young people seeking help for serious mental health problems?
There's a stack of yellow slips on school guidance counsellor Edmund Salem's desk and a string of emails waiting. Those are just the self-referrals - the teens voluntarily seeking help.
"The work is very busy on the front line," the Tawa College counsellor says. That's an understatement. Health Ministry statistics show demand for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has soared by 30 per cent in just five years.
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New suicide prevention guidelines for EDs
Media release from health minister Jonathan Coleman
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new suicide prevention guidelines for hospital emergency departments will help to further improve care for those at risk
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Obesity a bigger problem than world hunger, Lancet study says
Global overeating has become a bigger problem than world hunger, with more people now obese than underweight, the biggest ever study of worldwide trends in body mass index has revealed.
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Calls for stronger action to fight obesity
A public health expert is calling for stronger government leadership to combat obesity, with a new study revealing NZ has one of the highest rates of overweight people in the world.
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Health experts call for soft drink tax
Governmental "delaying tactics" are getting in the way of addressing one of New Zealand's biggest health issues - child obesity - a Massey University professor says. 
Eight Massey University experts, part of a group of more than 70 health academics, signed an open letter addressed to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, urging the uptake of a sugar tax.
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An open letter to Cabinet Ministers from 74 health professors calling for a sugary drinks tax
In this Public Health Expert blog, we reproduce a letter that appeared in the NZ Herald on 2 April.  Boyd Swinburn, Rod Jackson, and Cliona Ni Mhurchu led the writing. 
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Government not persuaded by health professors lobbying to introduce sugar tax
The Government isn't fazed  by a group of health professors lobbying to introduce a tax on sugary drinks.
A group of more than 70 health academics from various New Zealand universities want more to be done about the country's high rate of childhood obesity - the fourth highest in the world.
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Patient safety

Falls prevention in hospital shows benefits as broken hips reduced
New data from the Health Quality & Safety Commission show the number of people falling in hospital and breaking their hip is reducing. There were 64 falls in hospital leading to a broken hip in the
12 months to December 2015 – down from 95 in the baseline 2012 year.
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Timaru Hospital emergency department makes improvements
An audit which picked up a issues in the way some triage patients were assessed has led to improvements at the Timaru Hospital.
The hospital last year discovered its Emergency Department staff wrongly assessed the severity of some triage 4 patients' conditions.
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From International media this week

The future of nursing education in Wales is outlined in new strategy by the Royal College of Nursing
Director Tina Donnelly says it is essential that nurses and healthcare support workers are supported through education and training
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Demand for registered nurses is on the rise
There's an increasing interest in registered nursing. Daemen College in Amherst is reporting waiting lists to get into its program.
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Calls for 'Gayle's Law' to protect outback nurses
More than 25,000 people have backed a petition calling for better safety for nurses working in remote areas.
The push for ‘Gayle’s Law’ follows the murder of health worker, Gayle Woodford, in South Australia’s far north.
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Hillman Cancer Center respite room offers 'healing' for nurses
A room on the Hillman Cancer Center's third floor offers something nurses say can be hard to find in the bustling building: a little peace.
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Nebraska agency streamlines licensing process for nurses
Nebraska agency streamlines licensing process for nurses
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Nurses will turn away violent, drunk and drug-affected patients in unprecedented bid to curb attacks on hospital emergency staff
NURSES say they will turn away violent drunk and drug-affected patients in an unprecedented attempt to curb attacks on hospital emergency department staff.
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West Virginia expanding prescribing power for nurses
CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — Some West Virginia nurses will soon have expanded abilities to prescribe treatments.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the nursing bill Tuesday after the Republican-led Legislature passed it. It takes effect in June.
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Pros and cons of nurse reciprocity
Bill seen as benefit by many, trouble by others
A bill on Beacon Hill that would allow nurses to practice in other states would be a boon for the growing field of telehealth, its backers say, but unions fear it would make it easier for out-of-state nurses to swoop in during strikes.
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Nurse practitioners vs. primary care physicians: Comparing cost of care
Increasing the use of nurse practitioners to meet the growing demand for primary care services for Medicare beneficiaries may actually reduce costs for the government program while still providing beneficiaries with high-quality care, according to a study by Medscape.
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Articles of interest

Improving cultural competence in end-of-life pain management
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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Newly graduated nurses’ empowerment regarding professional competence and other work-related factors
Kuokkanen L, Leino-Kilpi H, Numminen O, Isoaho H, Flinkman M, Meretoja R
BMC Nursing 2016, 15 :22 (24 March 2016)
Although both nurse empowerment and competence are fundamental concepts of describing newly graduated nurses’ professional development and job satisfaction, only few studies exist on the relationship between these concepts. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine how newly graduated nurses assess their empowerment and to clarify professional competence compared to other work-related factors.
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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 5 April 2016.

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