News bulletin 27 April

on 27 April


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No. 297 27 April 2016


From NZ media this week

Bullying nursing culture of 'eating young' needs addressing
A culture of picking on young nurses is not being dealt with effectively, according to a Massey University researcher.
The idea that nursing is a profession that "eats its young" may be correct, Dr Kate Blackwood said. 
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Health providers not prepared to deal with climate change
As climate change worsens, Nelsonians could face increasing rates of water-borne illnesses from flood events and mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and Dengue Fever. 
The Green Party's health spokesman Kevin Hague believes the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is under prepared for the health effects of climate change and need to do more.
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Poor quality hospital food 'a safety issue'
The poor quality of patient meals had become a "staff safety issue" in mental health wards in Dunedin and Invercargill, and some patients had lashed out, causing property damage, an internal Southern District Health Board memo reveals.
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Hard subjects tackled in new guide
Dying and death are difficult subjects at the best of times and even more so when public resources that are available are not culturally appropriate.
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One in 20 New Zealanders using cannabis for medical reasons - study
One in 20 Kiwis use cannabis for "medical purposes", but 70 per cent of those also use it for recreation, researchers say. 
A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday found five per cent of Kiwis over the age of 15 had used cannabis for medicinal purposes in the past year.
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Mental health

A health strategy that doesn’t integrate mental health is incomplete
Mental health nurses around the country are wondering why strategies to improve the mental health of New Zealanders has been omitted from the New Zealand Health Strategy – Future Direction 2016.
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Little evidence sugar tax works, think tank says
New Zealand should avoid a sugar tax as there is little robust evidence it reduces obesity, a public policy think tank says.
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From International media this week

Preparing for the boomer effect
Less experienced nurses may step into nurse manager role sooner
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Nurses excluded from PTSD bill ask, 'If we're not first responders, who is?'
Late in 2014, Julie Prince’s life started to unravel.
After a shift at the hospital where she worked as a nurse in the labour and delivery unit, she would spend hours sobbing on the couch, haunted by images of dead babies.

'A great mistake to leave out nurses:' expert
It makes “absolutely no sense” to exclude nurses from Ontario’s new PTSD legislation, says renowned forensic psychiatrist Dr. John Bradford.
Paramedics are covered under the proposed bill, as are police officers, firefighters, workers in correctional institutions and dispatchers.

Articles of interest

Pediatric developmental screenings: A primary care approach
Nurse Practitioner: 13 April 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 4 - p 34–39
Abstract: Early recognition of developmental delay is critical to providing comprehensive pediatric primary care. Advanced practice nurses must be aware of the guidelines for surveillance and developmental screening in children. This article discusses guidelines for screening, examples of screening tools, information for follow up, and referral for positive screenings.
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Reports online

Asian Health in Aotearoa 2011-2013 Report
This report released by Northern Reigonal Health Alliance, discusses the trends in the health status of Asian participants interviewed in recent New Zealand Health Surveys.
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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 26 April 2016.
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