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Issue 13 - 2 May 2014

Selected Articles - Nursing Management (UK), April 2014

1. Using a national guideline to prevent and manage pressure ulcers
By Julie Neilson , Liz Avital , Jane Willock , Nigel Broad
Nursing Management (UK), Volume 21, Issue 2, 29 April 2014
Developing pressure ulcers is a painful and distressing event for patients, and one that can be prevented. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence pressure ulcer guideline has recently been updated to cover the prevention and management of this condition. This article focuses on the recommendations that are relevant to nurses, covering areas such as risk assessment, skin assessment, repositioning, pressure-redistributing devices, dressings, patient and carer information, and training and education. It also identifies what senior nurses and nurse managers must do to ensure their staff can prevent and manage pressure ulcers effectively

2. Development of a community nursing drug chart
By Jennifer Cassam , Chetan Shah , Philippa Lewis , Samar Al-Tahan , Kate Pickard
Nursing Management (UK), Volume 21, Issue 2, 29 April 2014
This article describes the process of developing a community nursing drug chart, which involved auditing drug administration in community nursing sites across the three boroughs, consulting a focus group of nursing service leads and assessing how the chart compared with national standards. The aim of the article is to share the process and the drug chart with other community service providers.

3. Leadership support for ward managers in acute mental health inpatient settings
By Gwen Bonner , Sue McLaughlin
Nursing Management (UK), Volume 21, Issue 2, 29 April 2014
: This article shares findings of work undertaken with a group of mental health ward managers to consider their roles through workshops using an action learning approach. The tensions between the need to balance the burden of administrative tasks and act as clinical role models, leaders and managers are considered in the context of providing recovery-focused services. The group reviewed their leadership styles, broke down the administrative elements of their roles using activity logs, reviewed their working environments and considered how recovery focused they believed their wards to be. Findings support the notion that the ward manager role in acute inpatient settings is at times unmanageable

4. The RAFAELA system: a workforce planning tool for nurse staffing and human resource management
Lisbeth Fagerström , Kjersti Lønning , Marit Helen Andersen
Nursing Management (UK), Volume 21, Issue 2, 29 April 2014
: The RAFAELA system was developed in Finland during the 1990s to help with the systematic and daily measurement of nursing intensity (NI) and allocation of nursing staff. The system has now been rolled out across almost all hospitals in Finland, and implementation has started elsewhere in Europe and Asia. This article describes the system, which aims to uphold staffing levels in accordance with patients’ care needs, and its structure, which consists of three parts: the Oulu Patient Classification instrument; registration of available nursing resources; and the Professional Assessment of Optimal Nursing Care Intensity Level method, as an alternative to classical time studies

Selected Articles - Nursing Standard, April 2014

5. Nurses say patients still neglected because of inadequate staff levels
By Kat Keogh
Nursing Standard, Volume 28, Issue 33, 22 April 2014
: Patient care is being neglected because nurses do not have enough time with patients, a UK-wide survey by Unison has revealed.

6. Increase in nurse numbers linked to better patient survival rates in ICU
By Christian Duffin
Nursing Standard, Volume 28, Issue 33, 22 April 2014
: Higher numbers of nurses per bed are associated with better survival rates among patients in intensive care – and the benefits are at their greatest among the very seriously ill – research suggests

7. Added values
By Jennifer Trueland 
Nursing Standard, Volume 28, Issue 33, 22 April 2014
: Values-based interviewing is an approach to recruitment that focuses on the job applicant’s attitudes and behaviours and whether they are a good ‘fit’ for the organisation. Used successfully by hospitals in the United States, the approach is being introduced to some NHS trusts

8. The dark side of night shifts
By Christian Duffin
Nursing Standard, Volume 28, Issue 33, 22 April 2014
: A growing body of evidence shows that night work can have a negative effect on health. With the NHS moving towards providing a seven-day, 24-hour service, more nurses may be required to work nights. Employers will have to take action to mitigate the potentially damaging effects.

Selected Articles - Antibiotics and Resistance

9. Sepsis and antibiotic stewardship: the importance of rapid ID, rapid AST and right drug-bug match.
MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer. Apr 2014, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p12-13. 2p
The article discusses the importance of rapid identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) for sepsis and antibiotic stewardship. Sepsis is cited as the most expensive condition to treat, according to an August 2013 study by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The author states that having new ways for actionable pathogen ID delivery and providing information on AST is very important..

By Dean, Erin. Nursing Standard. 2/19/2014, Vol. 28 Issue 25, p24-25. 2p.
: The article reports on a high prevalence of tuberculosis which is seen in Great Britain and discusses a week of action and two other awareness weeks which will be held by the agency Public Health England beginning on February 24, 2014 to highlight the health protection aspects of public health and nurses' contribution to public health, antibiotic resistance, immunization and tuberculosis. A British mobile tuberculosis diagnostic initiative called the Find and Treat service is discussed..

11. The war on superbugs 
By Trossman, Susan. American Nurse. Jan/Feb 2014, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p1-8. 2p.
:The article focuses on the problem on antibiotic-resistant infections in the U.S. Topics discussed include the concern about the rise of superbugs, the concern raised by nurse infection preventionists Linda Goss and Mary Lou Manning on carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and the role of nurses in responsible antibiotic use. Also mentioned is the importance of educational efforts to keeping patients safe in health care settings. INSET: FDA takes action on antibiotic resistance.

12. Infection Prevention: Hospitals Step It Up.
By ASTON, GERI. H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks. Nov 2013, Vol. 87 Issue 11, p50-53. 4p
: The article reports on increased efforts which U.S. hospitals are making to prevent nosocomial infections as a result of increased prompting from state and national organizations, increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections and the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A discussion of the costs and challenges of preventing and treating nosocomial infections and antibiotic resistant infections is presented

13. The Killer Bug and the Copper Cure.
By Smith, Bryan. Men's Health (10544836). Oct 2013, Vol. 28 Issue 8, p188-195. 7p.
The article focuses on the significant role to be played by copper in preventing an infectious catastrophe. In Calama, Chile, Hospital del Cobre or Copper Hospital stands at an elevation of 9,000 feet and everything is made of copper so that it cold save lives. The use of copper for medicinal purposes started when Isis was portrayed in her copper-coated goddess glory and according to ancient texts, it was used to sterilize both wounds and drinking water

Selected Articles - Australian Nursing Journal, April 2014

14. Equal pay for women would boost the economy.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. 01/04/2014, Vol. 21 Issue 9, p10-11
: The article discusses the proposed plans that the Australian government has to discontinue rules on gender equality in the workplace which require employers with over 100 staff to report on 30 or more items related to gender pay and employment. A discussion of reaction to the plans which were voiced by the Women's Electoral Lobby and its chair, Melanie Fernandez, and of the views that the lobby has about the economic benefits of paying equal wages to women, is presented.

15. Nurse led clinic a success.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. 01/04/2014, Vol. 21 Issue 9, p13-13. 1p
: The article reports on a successful nurse led clinic at the Royal Perth Hospital in Australia which was launched in 2010, is being led by nurse practitioner Saroja Nazareth and has helped to improve the lives of patients with cirrhosis of the liver and other liver diseases. Nazareth's views on the clinic and its success are examined.

16. Caring about the unbefriended elderly.
By Johnstone, Megan-Jane.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. 01/04/2014, Vol. 21 Issue 9, p20-20
The article reports on the 2011 and 2012 cases of elderly, socially isolated Australians who died and whose deaths went unnoticed and discusses factors which lead to social

17. Mentoring in nursing: an invaluable exchange.
By Taylor, Julia. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. 01/04/2014, Vol. 21 Issue 9, p29-29. 1p
The article reports on the practice of mentoring in nursing and discusses research, including from Ehrich and Hansford, Andrews and Wallis and Fawcett, which has investigated mentoring and its benefits in the nursing profession. In the article the author reflects on her experience of being a nursing mentor in Australia and offers her opinions on the benefits of mentoring and developing mentoring programs.

Journal Table of Contents

18. From International Journal of Nursing Practice, April 2014, Volume 20, Issue 2
Research Papers
18A. Assessment of quality of life in haemodialysis patients: A comparison of the Nottingham Health Profile and the Short Form 36 (pages 115–125)
18B. A systematic review of the experience of older women living and coping with type 2 diabetes
(pages 126–134)
18C. Qualitative understanding of an international learning experience: What Australian undergraduate nurses and midwives said about a Cambodia placement? (pages 135–141)
18D. The health promotion lifestyle of metabolic syndrome individuals with a diet and exercise programme(pages 142–148)
18E. Patient perception of contemporary nurse attire: A pilot study (pages 149–155)
18F. Effects of peripheral cold application on core body temperature and haemodynamic parameters in febrile patients (pages 156–163)
18G. Constructing nurses’ professional identity through social identity theory (pages 164–169)
18H. The mediating role of health professionals' recommendation in the uptake of colorectal cancer testing among older Chinese adults (pages 170–178)
18I. Surgical glove perforation among nurses in ophthalmic surgery: A case-control study (pages 179–186)
18J. Malaysian nurses’ skin care practices of preterm infants: Experience vs. knowledge (pages 187–193)
18K. Job satisfaction and subjective well-being among Czech nurses (pages 194–203)
Finnish nurses' perceptions of care of older patients (pages 204–211)
18L. Effects of a community-based intervention on cardio-metabolic risk and self-care behaviour in older adults with metabolic syndrome (pages 212–220)
Clinical Papers
18M. Attitudes on intimate touch during nursing care in China (pages 221–225)


19. NZ Population Health Congress
The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, the Public Health Association and the Health Promotion Forum warmly welcome you to the inaugural New Zealand Population Health Congress.
It will provide a variety of opportunities to learn, discuss and debate advances in areas of population health thinking and practice such as child poverty, housing, nutrition, indigenous health and climate change
Date: 6-8 October 2014
Venue: Aotea Centre, Auckland

20. International Indigenous Development Research Conference
Date: 25-28 November 2014
Venue: Owen G Glenn building at The University of Auckland

News - National

21. Hospital to employ more nurses in ED  
Nelson Hospital will employ more emergency department nurses after a group of nurses took their concerns about understaffing to senior management. About 17 nurses met the director of nursing and midwifery two weeks ago to present a business case for more staff. New Zealand Nurses Organisation Nelson organiser Denise McGurk said by voicing their concerns together the nurses had brought about change. Read more ...

22. Rise of drug-resistant bacteria threatening New Zealand
Thursday May 01, 2014 Source: ONE News
A new report claims increasing resistance to antibiotics means common infections could again become lethal, and New Zealand health experts say it should be a wake-up call to the country. Read more ...

23. Older workers an asset in skills shortage 
Still working at 80 to fund overseas jaunts. Read more ...

24. WHO hits back at anti-vacciners
NZ Herald - 24/4/2014
The World Health Organisation has hit back against vaccine deniers who claim that immunisation is pointless, risky and the body is better off fighting disease unaided. "The impact of vaccines on people's lives is truly one of the best things that one could see out there," said Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, head of the UN health agency's immunisation and vaccines division. Read more ...

News - International

25. World Health International Report
Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance 2014
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill – far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st Century. This WHO report, produced in collaboration with Member States and other partners, provides for the first time, as accurate a picture as is presently possible of the magnitude of AMR and the current state of surveillance globally. Read more ...


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