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Issue 30 - 8 September 2014

We will be on the library stand at the NZNO annual conference
Michael Fowler Centre - 17 & 18 September 2014

So the next library e-newsletter will be published on Friday 19 September 2014

Articles - Alzheimers/Dementia

1. Quality of life in dementia care – differences in quality of life measurements performed by residents with dementia and by nursing staff.
By Gräske, Johannes; Fischer, Thomas; Kuhlmey, Adelheid; Wolf-Ostermann, Karin
Aging & Mental Health, 2012 Sep; 16 (7): 819-27
  Quality of life (QoL) is a major outcome parameter in dementia care. Self-ratings are considered the best way to evaluate QoL, but staff-ratings also provide valid results. In particular, the discrepancies between self-ratings and staff-ratings are underrepresented. The aim was to identify characteristics of people with dementia that improve the probability of completing a self rating QoL instrument on the ‘Quality of Life – Alzheimers Disease’ (QoL-AD). Additionally, a level of agreement was set between self-rated and staff-rated QoL-AD and possible influencing factors

2.  In the Clinic Dementia.
By  Rabins, Peter V.; Blass, David M.
Annals of Internal Medicine. 8/5/2014, Vol. 161 Issue 3, pITC1-ITC16. 16p.
The article discusses diagnosis and treatment of dementia which is of several types including Alzheimer disease (AD) and vascular dementia. Topics discussed include risk factors associated with dementia, use of benzodiazepines and barbiturates for the treatment of dementia and use of computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging to identify the disease.

3. Sacred Relationships, Strengthened by Community, Can Help People with Mild or Early-Stage Alzheimer's.
By  McGee, Jocelyn Shealy; Myers, Dennis.
Generations. Spring 2014, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p61-67. 7p.
: People with mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease consider sacred relationships to be at the heart of adjusting to and coping with this disease. Spiritual advisors and the community must play an active role in preserving this relationship in people with Alzheimer's. This article explores findings on the importance of sacred relationships from the perspective of 28 people with mild Alzheimer's.

4. Second opinion. brain food.
By  Murray, Michael T. Better Nutrition. Jan 2014, Vol. 76 Issue 1, p26-28. 2p
The article discusses the role that proper nutrition and herbal supplements play in brain health and in reducing the risk of mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. A discussion of mild cognitive impairment, foods which can improve brain health, and research which has investigated the relationship between nutrition and brain health, is presented. Information on several brain health supplements is offered.

Articles – Journal of Nursing Management

5.  Nursing leadership and patient outcomes.
By  Cummings, Greta G.
Journal of Nursing Management. Jul 2013, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p707-708. 2p
An introduction is presented in which the editor discusses various articles within the issue on topics including relationship between authentic leadership practices and nurses' attitude towards patient advocacy, clinical practice guidelines, and psychometric test of a measure of social capital.

6.  The relationship between nursing leadership and patient outcomes: a systematic review update.
By Wong, Carol A.; Cummings, Greta G.; Ducharme, Lisa.
Journal of Nursing Management. Jul 2013, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p709-724. 16p
Our aim was to describe the findings of a systematic review of studies that examine the relationship between nursing leadership practices and patient outcomes. Background As healthcare faces an economic downturn, stressful work environments, upcoming retirements of leaders and projected workforce shortages, implementing strategies to ensure effective leadership and optimal patient outcomes are paramount. However, a gap still exists in what is known about the association between nursing leadership and patient outcomes.

7.  The effect of nurse manager turnover on patient fall and pressure ulcer rates.
By  Warshawsky, Nora; Rayens, Mary Kay; Stefaniak, Karen; Rahman, Rana.
Journal of Nursing Management. Jul  2013, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p725-732. 8p
The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of nurse manager turnover on the occurrence of adverse events. Background:  Nurse managers create professional nurse practice environments to support the provision of quality patient outcomes. Inconsistent findings were reported in the literature testing the relationship between nurse managers and patient outcomes. All prior studies assumed stable nursing management.

8.  Discharge phone calls: using person-centred communication to improve outcomes.
By Eggenberger, Terry; Garrison, Heather; Hilton, Nancy; Giovengo, Karen.
Journal of Nursing Management. Jul 2013, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p733-739. 7p
: This article describes the Clinical Nurse Leader role in implementing person-centred care bundles to improve patient outcomes through an innovative culture of caring. Background Demonstrating the financial value of introducing the Clinical Nurse Leader role into an organisation is essential for sustainability. Previous authors have established the Clinical Nurse Leaders' influence on patient satisfaction and have suggested that Clinical Nurse Leaders improve the continuity of care after discharge.

9.  Authentic leadership and nurse-assessed adverse patient outcomes.
By  Wong, Carol A.; M. Giallonardo, Lisa.
Journal of Nursing Management. Jul 2013, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p740-752. 13p
: Our purpose was to test a model examining relationships among authentic leadership, nurses' trust in their manager, areas of work life and nurse-assessed adverse patient outcomes. Background Although several work environment factors have been cited as critical to patient outcomes, studies linking nursing leadership styles with patient outcomes are limited suggesting the need for additional research to investigate the mechanisms by which leadership may influence patient outcomes

10. Swedish registered nurses' and nurse managers' attitudes towards patient advocacy in community care of older patients.
By  Josse-Eklund, Anna; Petzäll, Kerstin; Sandin-Bojö, Ann-Kristin; Wilde-Larsson, Bodil.
Journal of Nursing Management. Jul  2013, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p753-761. 9p.
: To describe and compare registered nurses' ( RNs) and nurse managers' ( NMs) attitudes towards patient advocacy in the community care of older patients. Background RNs may act as patients' advocates in the care of older patients. NMs should support patient advocacy in order to make the best care available to patients

Journal Table of Contents

11. From Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, Vol 22, No. 3, September 2014

11A. Nurses and midwives commence industrial action over wage freeze; Funding for dementia research but cuts to dementia care?

11B. Union aid providing better lives globally

11C. Nurse Informatics expert recognised [Aged acre nurse Donna Barton]; An app driven by nurses

11D. Nurse involvement in IT systems equals better outcomes

11E. Scholarship honours WW1 nurse and midwife [Grace Wilson]; Birthweight improves for indigenous babies; Follow-up care for indigenous remains poor


11F. Nursing beyond the bush [Rural and remote nursing]


11G. Cultural safety and respect


11H. Medical/surgical nursing in the home


11I. Printing a new way to personalised health


11J. Right to an assisted death in the spotlight


11K. High flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy for infants and young children with bronchiolitis


11L. Preventing infections through cleaner hospitals project

11M. Nurses working to reduce infection and other complications for children with central venous access devices

11N. Surveillance to reduce urinary tract infections: The STRUTI project; Minimum standard for wound dressing procedure in the home care environment; NSW hand hygiene campaign

11O. Reducing catheter associated urinary tract infections

11P. Preventing infections following caesarean section

11Q. Clinical waste in home healthcare: navigating the swamp

11R. The circle of life – the infection prevention and control program


12. Mental Health Law Conference 2014

Wellington – 31 October 2014
Dunedin – 6 November 2014
Christchurch – 7 November 2014
Rotorua – 13 November 2014
Auckland – 14 November 2014 
More information:

News – National

13. Disease warning for travellers
Stuff - 08/09/2014
Major outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific Islands have reached New Zealand, including the first cases of Zika, a new disease ripping through the Pacific. Health authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are warning island-hopping travellers to protect themselves against mosquito bites so they avoid catching dengue, chikungunya or Zika fevers, after epidemics of all three diseases began there last year.

14. My partner had a stroke at 46
NZ Herald - 08/09/2014
REBUILDING LIFE: Jewel, son Ted and Edwin are living with their altered reality after Edwin suffered two strokes in January, aged 46

News - International

15. Our fear of fat is melting
CNN September 7, 2014 -- Updated 1300 GMT (2100 HKT)
(CNN) -- Eating fat helps heart health and weight loss, concluded a widely reported clinical trial this week. The result did not surprise close followers of nutrition science since it echoed a decade's worth of similar studies. But, unlike its predecessors, the new trial was not ignored by nutrition experts and the media; that was the real news. It's a sign that a half-century-long fear of dietary fat might finally be melting away, exactly the breakthrough needed to start healing the nation's health.



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