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Issue 3 - 2 February 2015

Selected articles  - NZ College of Midwives Midwifery News, December 2014

1. What constitutes evidence?
By Lesley Dixon, Midwifery Advisor: Practice and Research.
NZ College of Midwives Midwifery News, December 2014, 9-10
: One of the issues within Maternity is that much of what we do has a limited evidence base and is based on historical practice or clinical evidence. Any change to maternity and midwifery practice needs to have a full consideration of the evidence, the benefits and harms and the resources necessary to effect the change.

2. Climate change and birth
By Carol Bartle. NZ College of Midwives Midwifery News, December 2014, 15
: Ora Taiao, the New Zealand Climate and Health Council, released a media statement in September 2014 a s a call for action on climate change and health. The New Zealand College of Midwives were one of the health organisations signing the joint call for action.

3. Fighting cancer with the kindest cut
By Maria Scott. NZ College of Midwives Midwifery News, December 2014, 17
: Hamilton midwife Amber Argaet is a member of a family that has a specific genetic predisposition to cancer.  She had the option of having her breasts and ovaries removed to reduce her risk. This was the path that she took and her experience has affected her profoundly both personally and as a midwife.

4. Retirement – It’s not as far off as you think: Will you be able to afford it?
By Maria Scott. NZ College of Midwives Midwifery News, December 2014, 20-21
: The average age of midwives in New Zealand is 47 and financial planner Susanne Stuart of the firm Stuart & Carlyon says that by this age you should have a rough road map to figure out what you are going to live on when you stop work.

5. Social media now comes as standard.
By Hayley McMurtrie. NZ College of Midwives Midwifery News, December 2014, 29
: Whenever we use social media we must e aware that not only are we communicating in real-time with those we know but also their friends and acquaintances, both personal and professional and national and international. One of the benefits of social media is the ability to share news and interests with a much wider audience, much faster than can otherwise be achieved.

Articles – Bariatric Surgery

6. Readers panel. Eclair today, surgery tomorrow
By Byrne, Grant; Payne, Drew; Vanterpool, Grace; Drake, Linda.
Nursing Standard. 8/6/2014, Vol. 28 Issue 49, p28-29. 2p
: Is lowering the threshold for bariatric surgery really the best way to tackle obesity?

7. Loosening the belt on weight loss procedures
By Dean, Erin. Nursing Standard. 8/20/2014, Vol. 28 Issue 51, p20-22. 3p
: NICE is lowering the threshold for bariatric surgery to tackle the rise in diabetes

8. Perioperative management of bariatric surgery patients
By Miller Quidley, A; Bland, C.M.; Bookstaver, P. & Kuper, K.
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 8/1/2014, Vol. 71 Issue 15, p1253-1264. 12p
The perioperative management of bariatric surgery patients is described. Obesity and anatomical changes create unique challenges for clinicians when caring for bariatric surgery patients. Common bariatric surgery procedures performed include Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding. Pain management in the acute postoperative period depends on careful dosing of opioid agents and the use of adjunctive agents.

9. Bariatric surgery for the treatment of severe complex obesity: An update
By Grima, Mariee; Middleton, Sonia; Dixon, John.
Nutrition & Dietetics. Sep 2013, Vol. 70 Issue 3, p172-174. 3p
: The article discusses bariatric surgery for the treatment of severe complex obesity. It states that gastrointestinal manipulation through bariatric surgery has proved to be still the only reliable method for achieving significant weight loss and for the long-term management of weight loss for the majority of obese people. It stresses that dietitians has an important role in the ongoing care and management of individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery for weight loss.

10. Do clinical and behavioural correlates of obese patients seeking bariatric surgery differ from those of individuals involved in conservative weight loss programme?
By Gradaschi, R.; Noli, G.; Cornicelli, M.; Camerini, G.; Scopinaro, N.; Adami, G. F.
Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics. Jul 2013 Supplement, Vol. 26, p34-38. 5p
: Clinical practice has suggested that, in severely obese patients seeking bariatric surgery, clinical conditions, behavioural characteristics and psychological status might all differ from those of their counterparts starting conventional conservative therapy Independently of the degree of obesity, bariatric surgery was requested by the more metabolically deranged patients, whereas, in the surgical candidates, the eating pattern and psychological conditions were very similar to those of obese persons at the beginning of a conservative weight loss programme. These results suggest a highly realistic and practical attitude in severely obese patients towards obesity and bariatric surgery.

Journal - Table of Contents

14. From The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, January 2015 

Guest Editorial
14A. Cure the Competency Curse
Letter to the Editor
14B. Leadership Behaviors of Frontline Staff Nurses
Administrative Angles
14C. Quality Continuing Education: Focusing on the Principles
Clinical Updates
14D. Professional Development Implications of Ebola Virus Disease Education: Part I
Leadership and Development
14E. Leadership Needs Assessment
Teaching Tips
14F. Emergency Preparedness for Power Outages and Wi-Fi Loss: Tips for Students and Educators of Online Courses
CNE Article
14G. Reducing Incivility in the Workplace: Results of a Three-Part Educational Intervention
CNE Quiz
14H. Reducing Incivility in the Workplace: Results of a Three-Part Educational Intervention
Original Article
14I. Experiential Learning: Using Virtual Simulation in an Online RN-to-BSN Program
Original Article
14J. Using Simulation Technology to Identify Gaps Between Education and Practice Among New Graduate Nurses
Original Article

14K. Strengthening New Graduate Nurse Residency Programs in Critical Care: Recommendations From Nurse Residents and Organizational Stakeholders


Annual New Zealand Paediatric Trauma Conference 2015
Kids Trauma Conference is a major paediatric trauma multidisciplinary scientific and
educational meeting for the year.
: Friday 1st May 2015
Venue: Auckland City Hospital Clinical Education Centre (Level 5)
Provisional Programme/Registration forms:
 or email

Tamariki Ora: Taking action in Māori child health in the Eastern Bay of Plenty
Date: 16 February 2015
Location: Capital & Coast, Wellington
Dr John Malcolm in partnership with iwi and Māori health services in the Eastern Bay of Plenty will talk about some of their collaborative work in improving the health status of tamariki and rangatahi living in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
This seminar is open to the public and will run between 5.30 and 6.30pm.
More information:

News – National

5 easy ways to keep wellness on track
NZ Herald - Wednesday Jan 28, 2015
It's about this time of year when those of us who have made New Year's resolutions start wondering if we might have been slightly ambitious in our grand plans to give up sugar, fat, Facebook, watching trashy TV and drinking alcohol during the working week

The latest fast food nightmare
NZ Herald – 27 January 2015
Fast food has been taken to a whole new level at KFC with the Double Down Dog - a hot dog wrapped in a cheese-stuffed chicken breast, smothered in cheese sauce. The fried "dog" follows in the footsteps of the infamous Double Down Burger - bacon and melted cheese sandwiched between two slabs of the Colonel's famous fried chicken fillets - which first hit counters here in 2011 and was brought back by popular demand

Hay fever pills linked to Alzheimer's risk – study
NZ Herald – 27 January 2015
Over-the-counter sleeping aids and hay-fever treatments can increase the risk of Alzheimer's, a study says. The sleeping aid Nytol and anti-allergy pills Benadryl and Piriton all belong to a class of medication highlighted in a warning from researchers. Each of these drugs has "anticholinergic" blocking effects on the nervous system that are said to raise the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia significantly at higher doses over several years

Lack of aged care forces elderly out
ODT - Wed, 28 Jan 2015
A shortage of aged care services in Wanaka is driving elderly residents out of town and a new facility to meet increasing demand is still 18 months away from opening. Wanaka's only rest-home, Elmslie House, is struggling to cope with the high demand for its 31 beds, which are consistently full

News – international

Does your breakfast cereal contain more sugar than before?
The Telegraph – 28 January 2015
Some cereals contain as much as 6g more sugar than in 2012 and are the equivalent of eating two and a half chocolate biscuits

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