News bulletin 18 May 2016

on 18 May


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No. 300 18 May 2016


From NZ media this week

Awards to celebrate Southern DHB nurses for International Nurses Day
As nurses around the world celebrate International Nurses Day on Thursday (12th of May 2016), Southern DHB will be saying "Thank You" for the huge contribution nurses make every day to health outcomes and communities.
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Lakes DHB announce nursing and midwifery awards
The winners of this year's Nursing and Midwifery Awards in the Lakes District Health Board area were announced yesterday at Rotorua Hospital.
Director of Nursing and Midwifery Gary Lees said there were some diverse and high quality nominations for this year's awards and it was really exciting to see the stories of nurses and midwives doing wonderful work in community, primary and hospital settings.
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Eit dean and nursing stalwart retires
Dr Susan Jacobs may be retiring, but a lifelong commitment to learning means she won’t be severing her longstanding connection with EIT for some time yet.
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DHBs and PHOs

Waikato DHB work to regain training status by the end of the year
The Waikato District Health Board has set out to regain its training status and has set an ambitious end-of-year goal to do so.
The DHB was given a year to meet all seven standards required by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), but failed and was stripped of its training accreditation in October 2015.
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Drugs, alcohol, smoking, addictions

Trial to investigate how e-cigs affect smoking
Some have touted e-cigarettes as a game-changing innovation that will dramatically help reduce smoking. Others argue that they will do just the opposite - putting at risk decades of tobacco control achievements.
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Bill to detain addicts 'needs more funding'
Addiction experts have told MPs a planned law change allowing drug addicts and alcoholics to be detained for up to eight weeks for treatment will not work without more funding.
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Ethical issues

Should we edit out genetic disease?
As genomic medicine advances, the possibility of manipulating our genetic makeup, and that of our future children, is rapidly becoming a reality. But, even if we could edit out genetic disease, does that mean we should?
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Health research

Health research to get a $97m boost
The government has announced what it calls the largest-ever funding increase for health research in New Zealand.
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New strategy to shape future direction of health research in NZ
The government today announced that it is seeking public input on the development of what will be New Zealand’s first health research strategy.
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Patient safety

Consumer reps to advise DHB on patient care
There are five new consumer representatives at the Whanganui District Health Board.
The group, named Te Pukaea - the trumpet carrying the message or voice of the people - is to provide advice on the DHB's Patient Safety and Quality Strategy and the care provided to patients and
their families.
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In-coma drug trials: plea for review
New Zealand's health watchdog has been challenged to fulfil his promise to hold a public debate about experimenting on unconscious patients without their prior consent.
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Social health

Neurodevelopment disorders among youth offenders 'sky high'
The prevalence rates of neurodevelopment disorders amongst youth offenders are ‘sky high’, Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft told the 2016 Neurodisabilities Forum in Wellington today.
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Telehealth service helps 14,000 Kiwis a week
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the new national telehealth service is providing high quality individual healthcare support to almost 14,000 people who call, text, and email each week.
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Waikato DHB launches first NZ virtual health service
Waikato DHB has launched a new service that lets patients talk to their hospital doctor over their smart phone from home rather than having to travel to an outpatient appointment.
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From International media this week

Massachusetts nurses say staffing shortage leads to patient suffering
The Massachusetts Nurses Association has been lobbying for the passage of a bill that would put limits on nurses’ patient assignments for the past 17 years.
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Majority of Tongan nurses not meeting professional standards
The Chief of Nursing in Tonga says 70 percent of nurses are yet to reach the national professional standard.
'Amelia Tu'ipulotu told Radio Tonga a survey showed an urgent need to improve nursing standards.
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Nurses need better hospital designs: study
Poorly designed hospitals that don't have enough areas for breaks, meeting or storage are wearing down nurses and hurting staff retention, a study has revealed.
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Articles of interest

Job satisfaction in nursing: a concept analysis study
This study aims to undertake a concept analysis of job satisfaction in the nursing profession.
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Appreciation of the research supervisory relationship by postgraduate nursing students
The quality of the relationship between postgraduate students and their supervisors often determines the progress of the students.
Read more here

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 17 May 2016.

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