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Issue 15 - 27 April 2015

Nursing in New Zealand: History and Reminiscences
Chapter XXVII. — Formation of New Zealand Army Nursing Service
Written by Hester MacLean, Published 1932

1. ANZAC nurses
By Gadd, Jessica
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, Vol 22 Issue 9 (Apr 2015)
: This year marks 100 years since the ANZAC offensive at Gallipoli. As the soldiers fought at the front lines, behind the scenes nurses undertook their own battle - keeping alive the many wounded soldiers who came into their care. Jessica Gadd shares some of their stories

2. Lest we forget the forgotten women
By Barbara Docherty 
NZ Doctor.  Thursday 23 April 2015, 10:34AM
: I believed for years that I had a doctor relative who not only did heroic things in Gallipoli but was also decorated for his achievements. Turns out it was the wrong name, wrong war, wrong profession and not a medal in sight.  But checking out the archival history of health professionals in World War I including Gallipoli provided a fascinating but rather sad history lesson around nursing and the pivotal role of New Zealand nurses that has been overlooked for years. Only passing reflection on the role of war-time nursing

NZNO Library - New Books

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3. WZ 100 HAR
A dame we knew: A tribute to Dame Cecily Pickerill
By Beryl Harris

This is a story about the life and times of Dame Cecily Pickerill, a pioneering New Zealand plastic surgeon who operated on many hundreds of infants with cleft problems. Along with her husband she believed in the early repair for a thriving baby. Any profits from this book will benefit the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute & the New Zealand Cleft Group
If you wish to purchase your own copy of this book: contact Beryl Harris (

4. WY 49 DOE
Nursing care plans : guidelines for individualizing client care across the life span
By Doenges, M. E.; Moorhouse, M. F. & Murr, A.C.
9th ed., Published 2014

Updated with NANDA-I 2012-2014 Diagnoses. This all-in-one care planning resource provides the step-by-step guidance you need to develop individualized plans of care, while also honing your critical thinking and analytical skills. Thoroughly updated and revised throughout, 167 care plans reflect the latest NANDA-I diagnoses and terminology. You’ll also now find an expanded emphasis on evidence-based practice through citations that support the incidence of the problem, the validity of the diagnostic tests, and the recommended nursing interventions.

Articles - Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

5. Public health and nutrition in the Asia-Pacific: Reflections on a quarter century
By Cavalli-Sforza, Luca Tommaso
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 24 Issue 1 (Mar 2015)

Abstract: Some reflections from work in the Asia Pacific Region, mostly with WHO, in the past 25 years, and the changes in nutrition seen in this time are shared. In 1988-89 I helped to start a Centre for Child Nutrition in Chengdu, Si-chuan, through the Italian Development Cooperation. The nutritional problems in urban and rural China, 25 years ago, were similar to those elsewhere in the Region. Like China, these countries underwent rapid economic development and changes in health patterns, within two decades. The main problems for child nutrition had to do with infant feeding practices and less breastfeeding: anaemia, protein energy malnutrition and rickets were frequent

6. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and non-communicable diseases: Meta-analysis based systematic review
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 24 Issue 1 (Mar 2015)
By Li, Duo
: The aim of this updated systematic review is to summarize the evidence of the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Publications of meta-analysis up to August 2014 were systematically searched from PubMed, the Cochrane and EMBASE databases. N-3 PUFAs have the following beneficial effects; cardio-protective effects, reduce ischemic stroke risk in both men and women and total stroke risk in women, increase insulin sensitivity in Asians, decrease risk of breast cancer and colorectal cancer in men

7. Feeding practices among Indonesian children above six months of age: A literature review on their magnitude and quality (part 1)
By Blaney, Sonia; Februhartanty, Judhiastuty; Sukotjo, Sri
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 24 Issue 1 (Mar 2015)
: In Indonesia, 37% of children under-five are stunted, 12% wasted and 12% overweight. Adequate feeding practices among children above 6 months of age are critical to tackle malnutrition

8. Feeding practices among Indonesian children above six months of age: A literature review on their potential determinants (part 2)
By Blaney, Sonia; Februhartanty, Judhiastuty; Sukotjo, Sri
: Feeding practices among young children are not optimal in Indonesia. Improving these practices is crucial to prevent and reduce malnutrition among young children. A better understanding of the underlying factors to appropriate practices is essential to address barriers and identify opportunities to optimal practices. This paper aims to shed light on potential determinants of feeding practices among children above 6 months of age

9. Early enteral nutrition for upper digestive tract malformation in neonates
By Jiang, Weiwei; Lv, Xiaofeng; Xu, Xiaoqun; Geng, Qiming; Zhang, Jie; Tang, Weibing
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol 24 Issue 1 (Mar 2015)
: Early enteral nutrition (EEN) is better than total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for many reasons. Our aim was to determine the safety and feasibility of EEN using a jejunum feeding tube in the duodenum or jejunum for congenital obstruction in neonates post-operatively. Methods: This was a retrospective review of 120 patients who had duodenal and jejunal congenital obstructions in our hospital

Articles – Ethics

10. No ethics without meta-ethics – For more Benner and less Beauchamp
By Santos, Carlos A Dos.
Nursing Ethics. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p261-263. 3p
: The article discusses the uniqueness of the nursing profession in terms of ethics and how the distinctiveness relates to deficits in care reported by media and public enquiries. Topics discussed include the proposal that caring must take primacy in the nursing role as a core ethos, the relation of meta-ethics to the ethos of individuals and T. Beauchamp and J. Childress's proposal that ethical decisions should lie on the 4 principles including autonomy, nonmaleficence and justice.

11. Ethics and research culture
By Gallagher, Ann.
Nursing Ethics. Mar 2015, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p161-162. 2p.
: The author reflects on the Nuffield Council report which stated that 58% of survey respondents know scientists feeling tempted or under pressure to compromise research integrity and standards while 26% feel pressured to compromise. Topics discussed include that scandal at Mid Staffordshire Hospital in Great Britain which showed that ethics is integral to patient and staff flourishing and the need for ethics education in universities and for academics to raise concerns within their organizations

12. Ethics and Undertreatment of Pain in Patients with a History of Drug Abuse
By da Cunha, Brooke Faria.
MEDSURG Nursing. Jan/Feb 2015 Newsletter, p4-16. 5p.
: The article discusses the management of pain in patients with a history of drug abuse in the U.S. It suggests that nurses should understand the meaning of drug abuse, the administration of pain medication and their moral responsibilities to all patients, including those with drug abuse history. The definitions of drug abuse related-terms are also explained, including tolerance, physical dependence and addiction.

13. Work engagement in nursing practice: A relational ethics perspective
By Keyko, Kacey.
Nursing Ethics. Dec 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p879-889. 11p
: The concept of work engagement has existed in business and psychology literature for some time. There is a significant body of research that positively correlates work engagement with organizational outcomes. To date, the interest in the work engagement of nurses has primarily been related to these organizational outcomes. However, the value of work engagement in nursing practice is not only an issue of organizational interest, but of ethical interest. The dialogue on work engagement in nursing must expand to include the ethical importance of engagement.

14. Demarcation of the ethics of care as a discipline: Discussion article
By Klaver, Klaartje; Elst, Eric van; Baart, Andries J.
Nursing Ethics. Nov 2014, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p755-765. 11p
: This article aims to initiate a discussion on the demarcation of the ethics of care. This discussion is necessary because the ethics of care evolves by making use of insights from varying disciplines. As this involves the risk of contamination of the care ethical discipline, the challenge for care ethical scholars is to ensure to retain a distinct care ethical perspective. This may be supported by an open and critical debate on the criteria and boundaries of the ethics of care

Selected articles – Journal of Community Nursing

15. My experiences as a cruise-ship nurse 
By de Beer, Gary.
Journal of Community Nursing, 28.6 (Dec 2014/Jan 2015): 16-17.
: On arrival the medical team perform wellness checks on the crew, which include a fasting blood sugar level test, blood pressure reading, proof of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination, and tuberculosis (TB) screening. Norovirus is often brought aboard by a passenger who then serves as the carrier, passing the virus onto others on-ship. Because of this infection risk, the standard of hygiene on board is very high, with some ships regularly scoring 99-100% in unannounced inspections by public health authorities.

16. Managing urinary incontinence: guidelines for community nurses 
By Reid, Janice.
Journal of Community Nursing, 28.6 (Dec 2014/Jan 2015): 20,22,24-26.
: Increasing demographic changes in the type and age of patients as well as further government directives requiring more care at home, mean that there is a growing emphasis on primary care-led services. Large caseloads and patients with multiple and chronic health problems are stretching available community nursing resources. Against this background, continence promotion tends not to be a priority and at times it may seem easier and better to prescribe pads for patients with urinary incontinence.

17. Community nurses' experiences of treating patients with leg ulcers 
By Chamanga, Edwin Tapiwa.
Journal of Community Nursing, 28.6 (Dec 2014/Jan 2015): 27-28,30,32,34.
: Community nurses offer holistic nursing care to patients at home, including attending to people with leg ulcers. It is known that leg ulcers can have a significant impact on patients' quality of life. Nonetheless, little is known about community nurses' views and experiences of providing holistic leg ulcer care and, in particular, their insights into the impact of leg ulcers on patients' quality of life

Journal – Table of Contents

18. From International Journal of Nursing Practice, Vol. 21, Issue 2, April 2015
. The effects of a smoking cessation programme on health-promoting lifestyles and smoking cessation in smokers who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (pages 107–117)
18B. Thai nurses’ perspectives on the use of complementary and alternative medicine among Thai breast cancer survivors in northern Thailand (pages 118–124)
18C. Mixing medication into foodstuffs: Identifying the issues for paediatric nurses (pages 125–131)
18D. The work environment of haemodialysis nurses and its impact on patients’ outcomes (pages 132–140)
18E. Detecting medication errors: Analysis based on a hospital's incident reports (pages 141–146)
18F. Psychometric testing of the Chinese Mandarin version of the MacNew Heart Disease Health-related Quality of Life questionnaire for patients with myocardial infarction in mainland China (pages 147–155)
18G. Evaluating the effects of preoperative fasting and fluid limitation
(pages 156–165)
18H. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk level in a vulnerable population (pages 175–183)
18I. Factors influencing the adaptation to skilled nursing facilities among older Korean adults (pages 184–191)
18J. The effects of Chinese five-element music therapy on nursing students with depressed mood (pages 192–199)
18K. We are nurses, they are doctors’: Barriers to nurses' roles in pain management following surgery in Jordan (pages 200–206)
18L. ‘Rounding’ for better patient care: An evaluation of an improvement intervention implementation (pages 207–213)
18M. Psychological state in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention and their spouses (pages 214–220)

Conferences & Seminars

19. Second National Complex Needs Conference
: 17-18 November 2015
Venue: Canberra Rex Hotel, Canberra, Australia
More information:

News – National

20. World War I: "Gutsy" Southland nurse adored by the French
Blake Foden. Southland Times - Thu Apr 23 2015
Silence has fallen. Lily Lind pokes her head out of a cold dark cellar, checking the coast is clear

News – International

21. ANU vice-chancellor calls for greater funding to tackle mental health epidemic
The Age - April 23, 2015  
The "frightening" level of mental health problems is being ignored and highlights the need for greater investment into research to tackle the epidemic, according to ANU's vice-chancellor . Professor Ian Young made the comments on Thursday as he launched a new endowment fund to raise money to bolster mental health research internationally

22. Bandages and Battlefields: WWI health workers honoured in new documentary
The Age - April 23, 2015
A documentary outlining the wartime efforts of Queensland's doctors and nurses has been produced to air on television this Saturday – the centenary of Anzac Day commemoration. The 42-minute documentary, Bandages and Battlefields, will pay tribute to the women and men who helped nurse Australia's injured servicemen to health a century ago during World War I. It was a time of extreme hardship, with infection rampant and only chloroform and ether available as anaesthetic.



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