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Issue 25 - 29 July 2014

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Articles - Professionalism

1. Don’t cross the line from professional to personal.
By  Dean, Erin. Nursing Standard. 7/16/2014, Vol. 28 Issue 46, p24-25 2p
: Under the NMC’s new code, nurses must avoid personal and emotional relationships with patients, writes Erin Dean.  

2. Be sociable, but be careful
By Oxtoby, Kathy. Nursing Standard. 7/9/2014, Vol. 28 Issue 45, p66-66 1p.
Social networking can enrich nursing students’ working lives, but professionalism comes first, says Kathy Oxtob

3. What is professional ethics?
By Brecher, Bob. Nursing Ethics. Mar 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p239-244 6p
The very term ‘professional ethics’ is puzzling with respect to what both ‘professional’ and ‘ethics’ might mean. I argue (1) that professionalism is ambiguous as to whether or not it is implicitly committed to ethical practice; (2) that to be ‘professionally’ ethical is at best ambiguous, if not in fact bizarre; and (3) that, taken together, these considerations suggest that professional ethics is something to be avoided rather than lauded

4. The power of professionalism
By Ries, Eric. Physical Therapy. Sep 2013 PT in Motion, p16-24 8p
: The article discusses the importance of professionalism to the physical therapy profession. It looks at the experiences of physical therapist Jean Miles, who earned her doctor of physical therapy degree in 2011 at age 58. It also cites the important elements of the profession's core values, which include accountability, altruism, and compassion.

Articles - Nursing Ethics

5. Is new model fit for purpose?
By Paton, Nic. Occupational Health. Apr 2014, Vol. 66 Issue 4, p13-15
: The article discusses the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) plans for three-yearly checks, or "revalidation" of practitioners' fitness to continue to practise, and its proposals to revise the NMC Code of Conduct, citing the growing concerns on the rush towards revalidation in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal. Topics include the problems seen in the NMC proposals, the rationale for annual appraisals, and the ability of the NMC to put in a diverse model of nursing employment

6. Failing to render first aid - infamous or improper conduct?
By Starr, Linda. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Mar 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p33-33
The article reports on the case of an Australian physician who avoided being hit while in her automobile at an intersection in 2002 by a speeding vehicle which crashed after passing through the intersection and in 2013 faced allegations from the Medical Board of Australia which suggested that she may be of guilty of infamous or improper conduct in a professional respect. In the article the author offers opinions on the case and discusses the moral and legal aspects associated with the case.

7. Boundary violations, gender and the nature of nursing work
By  Chiarella, Mary; Adrian, Amanda. Nursing Ethics. May 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p267-277. 11p
Complaints against nurses can be made on several grounds and orders, including removal from the registry of nurses, can be made as a result of these complaints. Boundary violations generally relate to complaints around criminal charges, unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct or a lack of good character. This article explores the spectrum of boundary violations in the nurse–patient relationship by reviewing disciplinary cases from the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Tribunal and Professional Standards Committees.

8. Factors associated with nurses' opinions and practices regarding information and consent
By  Ingravallo, Francesca; Gilmore, Emma; Vignatelli, Luca; Dormi, Ada; Carosielli, Grazia; Lanni, Luigia; Taddia, Patrizia. Nursing Ethics. May 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p299-313. 15p
: This cross-sectional survey aimed to investigate nurses’ opinions and practices regarding information and consent in the context of a large Italian teaching hospital and to explore potential influences of gender, age, university education, length of professional experience, and care setting

9. Preserved and violated dignity in surgical practice - nurses experiences 
By  Lindwall, Lillemor; von Post, Iréne. Nursing Ethics. May 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p335-346. 12p
The aim of this article was to obtain an understanding of what is experienced as human dignity by nurses in surgical practice. In order to obtain experiences from practice, the critical incident technique was chosen. A total of 11 nurses from surgical practice wrote 49 stories about positive and negative incidents

Articles – Ebola Virus

10. Ebola viral disease outbreak - West Africa 2014
By  Dixon, Meredith G.; Schafer, Ilana J.
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. 6/27/2014, Vol. 63 Issue 25, p548-551. 4p
: The article focuses on the outbreak of Ebola viral disease (EVD) in West Africa that was reported by the Guinea Ministry of Health on March 21, 2014. Topics discussed include the screening of specimens from 15 of 20 persons tested at Institut Pasteur in Lyon, France, the characteristics of EVD which include the sudden onset of fever and malaise, vomiting and diarrhea and the ways to control EVD such as daily reporting of cases and the identification of deaths in the community.

11. Public health round-up
Bulletin of the World Health Organization. May 2014, Vol. 92 Issue 5, p312-313. 2p
: The article presents 2014 news on public health.The World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first set of guidelines on screening for and treating hepatitis C in April of 2014. The WHO is assisting in the first ever outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea. A report published by the accounting and business advisory firm BDO LLP suggests that the world is losing $487 billion to health-care fraud and error each year.

Articles – Workplace Violence

12. Issues in personal safety.
By Lowth, Mary. Practice Nurse. 4/18/2014, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p34-39. 6p
The article discusses the physical and psychological risks faced by practice nurses at work and ways to minimize them. Work place injuries discussed include musculoskeletal injuries, needle stick injuries and exposure to toxic substances. It also details direct risks from patients who become violent. Verbal abuse, discrimination, sexual and racial harassment are cited as violence that may be experienced by healthcare workers.

13. Workplace violence: Differences in perceptions of nursing work between those exposed and those not exposed: A cross-sector analysis
Desley Hegney, Anthony Tuckett, Deborah Parker and Robert M Eley
International Journal of Nursing Practice,  Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2010, Pages: 188–202,
Nurses are at high risk of incurring workplace violence during their working life. This paper reports the findings on a cross-sectional, descriptive, self-report, postal survey in 2007. A stratified random sample of 3000 of the 29 789 members of the Queensland Nurses Union employed in the public, private and aged care sectors resulted in 1192 responses (39.7%). This paper reports the differences: between those nurses who experienced workplace violence and those who did not; across employment sectors.

14. The use of cognitive reappraisal and humour as coping strategies for bullied nurses
By Julia Wilkins
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 20, Issue 3, June 2014, Pages: 283–292,
: This article explores the repercussions of workplace bullying on nurses and the health-care profession as a whole. I discuss the nature of workplace bullying and draw upon prior studies to explore some of the barriers that prevent witnesses to bullying from intervening, as well as barriers faced by targets in taking action to stop the bullying. As overt forms of resistance are often not feasible in situations where nurses occupy subordinate positions to their bullies, I propose that cognitive reappraisal can be an effective coping strategy, and situate this perspective within the research on humour, hope and optimism.

15. Nurses' attitude towards 'difficult' and 'good' patients in eight public hospitals
Doris D Khalil
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 15, Issue 5, October 2009, Pages: 437–443,
The paper is part of a large-scale study exploring violence in nursing conducted between 2005 and 2006. There were various objectives for each aspect of the study. Qualitative descriptive survey was selected. The population were all nurses licensed with the South African Nursing Council.

Journal – Table of Contents

16. From the Journal of Infection Prevention, Vol 15, Issue 4, July 2014

16A. Editorial: From evidence into practice - Neil Wigglesworth
16B. Point prevalence survey of urinary catheterisation in care homes and where they were inserted, 2012
16C. Implementing a ward accreditation programme to drive improvements in infection prevention
16D. Physical space and its impact on waste management in the neonatal care setting
16E. Impact of a central venous line care bundle on rates of central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) in hospitalised children
16F. An observational study of hand hygiene adherence following the introduction of an education intervention
16G. Outbreak column 14: Staphylococcus aureus - new outbreaks of old infections


17. National medication safety forum – 16 October 2014
To launch the high-risk medicines topic for the Open for better care campaign and the safe use of opioids national collaborative, the Health Quality & Safety Commission will be hosting a medication safety forum on 16 October 2014 in Wellington. This is a chance to hear about innovations and future directions for medication safety and we are delighted to confirm Professor Richard Day as the keynote speaker. A flyer can be downloaded here and further details will be available soon.M
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News – National

18. New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare
NZ Herald - Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man

19. Busting the bed-time myths
By Dr Karyn O’Keeffe
5:00 AM Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
Think you don’t need your nightly eight hours? Think again, says Dr Karyn O’Keeffe, of Massey University’s Sleep/Wake Research Centre. She busts 10 of the most enduring myths around sleep

News – International

20. Wales becomes first country in world with Declaration of Rights for the old
18 July 2014 - Written by Recia Atkins
Wales has become the first country in the world to adopt a Declaration of the Rights of Older People, which sets out the rights of older people in Wales. Wales has led the way with its policies on ageing, introducing a landmark strategy for older people and the world’s first Older People’s Commissioner

21. Rock beats paper: Study says fist bumps spread fewer bacteria than handshakes or high-fives
By Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. - When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That's better than a high-five, which still passes along less than half the amount as a handshake.


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