Articles – Nursing Standard, January 2018
1. Symptom management in women undergoing the menopause
Nursing Standard, Vol. 32, Issue 22, 24 January 2018: 53-63
Abstract: This article outlines the symptoms of the menopause and the available treatments for these, including hormone replacement therapy, non-hormonal treatments and alternative therapies, and discusses how nurses can assist women undergoing the menopause to improve their health and quality of life during this often challenging time
2. How to undertake a nutritional assessment in adults
Carolyn Catherine Johnstone
Nursing Standard, Vol. 32, Issue 22, 24 January 2018: 41-45
Abstract: Nutritional assessment in adults should begin on first contact with the patient, and is an ongoing process that can take place over several hours or days. A comprehensive nutritional assessment involves the nurse examining the patient’s physical and psychological state, as well as considering any social issues that may affect their nutrition.
3. Supporting you to lead change
Nursing Standard, Vol. 32, Issue 22, 24 January 2018: 26-28
Abstract: The Leading Change, Adding Value framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff is halfway through its three-year programme. Its initial impact was greatest with senior managers, but now the focus is on how front-line staff can make a difference
4. ‘We created a place in a million’
Nursing Standard, Vol. 32, Issue 22, 24 January 2018: 22-25
Abstract: Children’s nurses Lucy Andrews and Karen Higgins took a leap of faith when they left the NHS to set up a ‘nursing home from home’ for children with complex conditions
Articles – Patient Responsibility/Medication Adherence
5. Improving adherence to multiple medications in older people in primary care: Selecting intervention components to address patient-reported barriers and facilitators.
By Patton, Deborah E.; Cadogan, Cathal A.; Ryan, Cristín; Francis, Jill J.; Gormley, Gerard J.; Passmore, Peter; Kerse, Ngaire; Hughes, Carmel M.
Health Expectations. Feb 2018, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p138-148. 11p
Abstract: This study aimed to (i) identify determinants (barriers, facilitators) of adherence to multiple medications from older people's perspectives; (ii) identify key domains to target for behaviour change; and (iii) map key domains to intervention components [behaviour change techniques ( BCTs)] that could be delivered in an intervention by community pharmacists.
6. Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Text Messaging Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease Management.
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. 12/1/2017, Vol. 66 Issue 47, p1309-1309
Abstract: The article announces the text messaging interventions recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to improve the medication adherence of patients with chronic diseases.
7. CDC Grand Rounds: Improving Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease Management - Innovations and Opportunities.
By Neiman, Andrea B.; Ruppar, Todd; Ho, Michael; Garber, Larry; Weidle, Paul J.; Hong, Yuling; George, Mary G.; Thorpe, Phoebe G.
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. 11/17/2017, Vol. 66 Issue 45, p1248-1251.
Abstract: Adherence to prescribed medications is associated with improved clinical outcomes for chronic disease management and reduced mortality from chronic conditions (1). Conversely, nonadherence is associated with higher rates of hospital admissions, suboptimal health outcomes, increased morbidity and mortality, and increased health care costs.
8. Using Teach-Back Method to Prevent 30-Day Readmissions in Patients with Heart Failure: A Systematic Review.
By Almkuist, Kimberly D.
MEDSURG Nursing. Sep/Oct 2017, Vol. 26 Issue 5, p309-351. 5p
Abstract: Heart failure is one of the most common readmission diagnoses. A review of the literature is presented to identify a role for teach-back patient education in reducing readmissions in patients with heart failure.
Articles – Hand Hygiene
9. Hand Hygiene Do's & Don'ts.
By Karash, Julius A.
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks. May 2017, Vol. 91 Issue 5, p39-42. 4p
Abstract: The article offers information on improving hand hygiene. Topics discussed include primary causes of poor hand hygiene including lack of accountability and just-in-time coaching, ineffective placement of dispensers or sinks, and ineffective or insufficient education, recommendations to improve hand hygiene, and the significance of sensors as a key to hand-washing compliance efforts.
10. A person-oriented approach to hand hygiene behaviour: Emotional empathy fosters hand hygiene practice.
By Sassenrath, Claudia; Diefenbacher, Svenja; Siegel, André; Keller, Johannes.
Psychology & Health. Feb 2016, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p205-227. 23p
Abstract: Adopting a social-psychological approach, this research examines whether emotional empathy, an affective reaction regarding another’s well-being, fosters hand hygiene as this affects other’s health-related well-being extensively.
11. Improving hand hygiene behaviour among adolescents by a planning intervention.
By: Zhou, Guangyu; Jiang, Tingting; Knoll, Nina; Schwarzer, Ralf.
Psychology, Health & Medicine. Oct 2015, Vol. 20 Issue 7, p824-831. 8p
Abstract: To improve regular hand hygiene in adolescents, educational messages based on medical information have not been very successful. Therefore, a theory-guided self-regulatory intervention has been designed with a particular focus on planning strategies. A randomised controlled trial with 307 adolescents, aged 12–18 years, was conducted in high schools.
12. A Review of Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring: Considerations for Hospital Management in Data Collection, Healthcare Worker Supervision, and Patient Perception.
By McGuckin, Maryanne; Govednik, John.
Journal of Healthcare Management. Sep/Oct 2015, Vol. 60 Issue 5, p348-361.
Abstract: The article discusses a research that appeared since the 2012 study by McGuckin and Govednik with focus on evidence pertaining to implementation-ready systems to serve as guide for managers when evaluating systems for their healthcare institutions.
Articles – Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services
13. End-of-Life Conversations as a Legacy
Sorrell, Jeanne M.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services; Thorofare Vol. 56, Iss. 1, (Jan 2018): 32-35
Abstract: Advance directives such as living wills and health care powers of attorney are important documents that offer patients ways to avoid unwanted care when they are unable to express their wishes. It is important for nurses to understand the complex factors that influence how individuals make health care decisions and identify ways to encourage conversations with family, friends, and health care providers to help clarify patients' wishes for endof-life care.
14. Impulsivity and Sensation-Seeking Personality Traits as Predictors of Substance Use Among University Students
Hamdan-Mansour, Ayman M; Mahmoud, Khadejah F; Al Shibi, Ahmad N; Arabiat, D H.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services; Thorofare Vol. 56, Iss. 1, (Jan 2018): 57-63
Abstract: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationship between substance use and impulsivity and sensation-seeking personality traits among 655 university students. A significant correlation was found between students' impulsivity level scores and frequency of substance use.
15. Three Simple Mindfulness Practices to Manage Holiday Stress
Shattell, Mona; Johnson, Angela.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services; Thorofare Vol. 55, Iss. 12, (Dec 2017): 2-4.
Abstract: Social support improves the ability to cope with stress ( Milner, Krnjacki, Butterworth, & LaMontagne, 2016 ), buffers the effects of occupational stress on sleep quality ( Pow, King, Stephenson, & DeLongis, 2017 ), and improves mood, well-being, and life satisfaction ( Brannan, Biswas-Diener, Mohr, Mortazavi, & Stein, 2013 ).
16. Caution is Key When Prescribing for Older Adults
Leahy, Laura G.
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services; Thorofare Vol. 55, Iss. 12, (Dec 2017): 7-10.
Abstract: The end of the year can trigger the recognition that aging adults are no longer as independent as they once were. Psychiatric nurses and other mental health professionals may see an increase in older adults being referred for treatment. As the most appropriate psychosocial/psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatments are identified for older adults, there are some unique hallenges inherent in coordinating the care of this population.
Journal - Table of Contents
Journal of Infection Prevention, Vol. 19, Issue 1, January 2018
17A. Editorial: Rethinking the use of audit to drive improvement
17B. Implementing the aseptic non touch technique(ANTT) clinical practice framework for aseptic technique: a pragmatic evaluation using a mixed methods approach in two London hospitals
17C. Impact of choice of skin preparation solution in cardiac surgery on rate of surgical site infection: a propensity score matched analysis
17D. A quality assurance investigation of CLABSI events: are there exceptions to never?
17E. Knowledge, perceptions and practices of healthcare workers regarding the use of respiratory protection equipment at Iran hospitals
17F. Prevalence and risk factors for bloodstream infection present on hospital admission
17G. A high impact intervention for a high impact intervention: Improving documentation of peripheral venous insertion in theatre
Conferences & Workshops
18. Public Health Summer School - Kura Hauora Ā-Iwi o te raumati
Practical 1–4 day courses to anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills
Date: 7-28 February 2018.
Venue: University of Otago Wellington.
19. How to write a paper
Me pēhea te tuhi tuhinga rangahau
Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018
Are you an emerging researcher, or clinician who would like to start publishing your own peer-reviewed manuscripts? How to Write a Paper will demystify the publication process, and guide you through it – from planning a paper, through to writing it effectively, and finally dealing with the occasionally-brutal peer-review process. In this interactive course, you will come along with an idea for a paper you would like to write, and then work on throughout it the day as each session progresses.
More information: http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/publichealth/summerschool/otago665003.html
20. ANZICS New Zealand Regional Annual Scientific Meeting
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Starship Children’s Hospital are proud to host this event for the first time. The theme of the meeting is 'Size Does Matter!' reflecting the innovative and challenging differences between critically ill neonates, children and adults
Date: 4-6 April 2018
Venue: The Hilton Hotel | Auckland | New Zealand
21. Govt to announce employment law changes
Radio New Zealand - 24 minutes ago
The government is set to keep 90-day trials as they are for businesses that employ fewer than 20 employees, but there will be changes for larger businesses. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will unveil the government's new employment legislation this afternoon at Parliament. Labour campaigned on introducing legislation that improves fairness in the workplace, and it is part of its 100-day plan
22. CT scan could have prevented man's death
Radio New Zealand 9:45 am on 24 January 2018
A coroner has castigated Otago health bosses for failing to bring in round-the-clock scanning that could have saved a Wanaka man's life
23. S. Island alert after vitamin D study
ODT Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Many South Islanders may be vitamin D deficient, new research from University of Otago researchers suggests. Vitamin D - produced by the body after exposure to sunlight - is vital for good bone health. The newly published study followed 126 women who gave birth at Dunedin's Queen Mary Maternity Centre between 2011 and 2013.
24. New laws for pay equity by middle of the year
NZ Herald - 23 Jan, 2018
The Government wants to introduce new legislation by mid-year to improve pay equity.
Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles will be reconvened.
It will recommend new legislation to improve pay equity for women
25. Extreme sunburn lands Victorians in hospital at increasing rates
The Age – 25 January 2018
A growing number of Victorians are getting so sunburnt they have been forced to seek emergency hospital treatment for their scorched skin – and it is suspected over reliance on sunscreen could be part of the problem.
26. 30-year early warning system: the blood test that has the potential to detect people at risk of Alzheimer's disease
Sydney Morning Herald – 1 Feb 2018
Australian and Japanese scientists have developed the world's first blood test that has the potential to accurately identify people at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease up to 30 years before full-blown symptoms emerge