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Issue 24 - 2 July 2015

Articles – Nursing Economic$ [Journal] June 2015

1. CNE SERIES. An Incentive Pay Plan for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: Impact On Provider and Organizational Outcomes.
By Rhodes, Catherine A.; Bechtle, Mavis; McNett, Molly.
Nursing Economic$. May/Jun 2015, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p125-132. 8p.
The article focuses on an incentive plan based on productivity and quality formulated to promote job satisfaction among advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Topics mentioned include the use of relative value units to determine resources required in determining physician fee schedules, the role of APRNs in the provision of quality and cost-effective health care, and measurement of clinical productivity in the incentive plan.

2. A Self-Efficacy Scale for Clinical Nurse Leaders®: Results of a Pilot Study.
By Gilmartin, Mattia J.; Nokes, Kathleen.
Nursing Economic$. May/Jun 2015, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p133-143. 11p.
: The article focuses on the introduction of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) role which aims to return expert clinicians to the point of care. Topics mentioned include incorporation of the CNL role into workplaces, a discussion on individual CNL self-efficacy which is important in personal development associated with work role transitions, and the use of the CNL Self-Efficacy Scale to assess nurses' perception of their effectiveness as CNLs.

3. A Descriptive Analysis of Implicit Rationing of Nursing Care: Frequency and Patterns in Texas.
By Jones, Terry L.
Nursing Economic$. May/Jun 2015, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p144-154. 11p.
: The article discusses the implicit rationing of nursing care in Texas. Topics mentioned include political implications of health care rationing in the U.S., the role of the Independent Medicare Advisory Committee in issuing recommendations on provider reimbursement for eligible services, and the use of a 31-item survey to measure implicit rationing and rationing preference patterns

4. Understanding Health and Payment Reform -- Essential for the New World of Nursing: An Interview with Betty Rambur.
By Nickitas, Donna M.
Nursing Economic$. May/Jun 2015, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p155-181. 7p.
An interview with Betty Rambur, professor of health policy and nursing at the University of Vermont in Burlington, College of Nursing and Health Sciences is presented. Topics of the interview include reasons behind her interest in payment reform, health policy, and health care economics, her views on the impact of payment reform on the delivery of care, and the implications of the Affordable Care Act on nursing.

5. Meeting The Future of Nursing Report™ Recommendations: A Successful Practice-Academic Partnership.
By Stout, Cindy; Short, Nancy; Aldrich, Kelly; Cintron, R. Jacob; Provencio-Vasquez, Elias.
Nursing Economic$. May/Jun 2015, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p161-166. 6p.
: The article looks at recommendations resulting from the "Future of Nursing's Campaign for Action" report of the Institute of Medicine. Topics mentioned include the implementation of nurse residency programs in conjunction with the transition-to-practice programs for nurses, recommendation on increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree by 2020, and the need for an expanded clinical instruction through clinical partnerships.

Articles – Flexible Working

6. Nurses aged over 50 and their perceptions of flexible working
By Clendon, J. & Walker, L
Journal of Nursing Management, Article first published online: 28 JUN 2015 DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12325
Aim: To explore the experiences and needs of older nurses in relation to flexible working and the barriers and facilitators to implementation within workplaces.
Background An ageing nursing workforce and anticipated nursing workforce shortages require effective approaches to workforce retention.

7. Working age considerations
By Paton, Nic.
Occupational Health. Sep 2013, Vol. 65 Issue 9, p15-17. 3p.
: The article states that data from Office for National Statistics, has reported that there has been an increase in employment of people aged over 65, and mentions that the businesses in Great Britain have taken an initiative to maintain their worker's health. It states that according to Robin Hames, head of marketing for Capita Employee Benefits, flexible working conditions have been established by employers to cater to the needs of their ageing employees.

8. Perceptions and observations of off-shift nursing
By De Cordova, Pamela B.; Phibbs, Ciaran S.; Stone, Patricia W.
Journal of Nursing Management. Mar 2013, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p283-292. 10p
: Aim The purpose of this paper is to qualitatively explore registered nurse perceptions of off-shift (e.g. nights and weekends) nursing care and quality compared with regular hours. Patients admitted to hospitals on off-shifts have worse outcomes than patients admitted on more regular hours. The underlying mechanism for this association is not well understood

9. Family-Friendly Work Practices and Job Satisfaction and Organizational Performance: Moderating Effects of Managerial Support and Performance-Oriented Management.
By Jaekwon Ko; SeungUk Hur; Smith-Walter, Aaron.
Public Personnel Management. Dec 2013, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p545-565. 21p
: Management literature has emphasized the influence of family-friendly work practices (FFWPs) on work attitudes and organizational performance because there has been an increase in the number of women and dual-career couples in the workforce. This study explores the influence of FFWPs on job satisfaction and organizational performance

Journal – Table of Contents

10. From AENJ (Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal), Vol. 18, Issue 2, May 2015
10A.  Assessing, monitoring and managing continuous intravenous sedation for critically ill adult patients and implications for emergency nursing practice: A systematic literature review {p59–67}
10B. The experiences of emergency nurses in providing end-of-life care to patients in the emergency department (p68-74)
10C. Understanding the patient journey to the Emergency Department – A South Australian study (p75-82)
10D. HIRAID: An evidence-informed emergency nursing assessment framework (p83-97)
10E. Family presence during resuscitation (FPDR): A survey of emergency personnel in Victoria, Australia (p98-105)
10F. Development, reliability and validity of a tool, to measure emergency department clinicians’ attitudes towards family presence (FP) during acute deterioration in adult patients (p106-114)


11. Māori Public Health Symposium
The Symposium will showcase the new wave of Māori public health leadership, and support tino rangatiratanga within Māori public health
Date: 7 July 2015
Venue: Te Huinga Centre, Level 3, Te Papa, Wellington
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12. NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses NZNO
Conference 2015 - Hanging Ten for Health

Date: 31 July - 2 August 2015
Venue: Te Papa, Wellington
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13. 37th Annual New Zealand Sexual Health Society Conference
This conference aims to explore the 'Hidden Depths' of sexual and reproductive health, both for our service users (particularly our young people) and service providers, focussing on the key themes of Equality, Quality of Care and Accountability.
Date: 15-17 October 2015
Venue: Taupo
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News – National

14. 'Right call' made over medical marijuana – Dunne
ODT - Thu, 2 Jul 2015

Approving the use of medicinal marijuana for a teenager who was locked in an induced coma was the right thing to do, the minister who approved it says, after the teen died last night

15. Drug test failures cost employees' jobs
ODT - Thu, 2 Jul 2015

At least four people have lost their jobs in Queenstown after failing drug or alcohol tests, while others haven't been hired based on adverse test results. Tourism operator Real Journeys pioneered testing in 2007 and others have followed. They include Skyline, NZone, Ngai Tahu Tourism and Shotover Canyon Swing, where testing has become routine in the past two years.

News – International

16.  40,000 Sydney dental patients face anxious wait after HIV scare
Sydney Morning Herald - July 2, 2015

Tens of thousands of Sydney dental patients face an anxious wait after discovering they could be at risk of infection with HIV and hepatitis. Health authorities say 40,000 people have visited The Gentle Dentist, which has operated at Campsie since 2005 and Sussex Street in the city since 2008, and has been found to have had serious deficiencies in its cleaning and sterilisation practices that have put its patients at risk of infection.

17. Forensic test pins down 'time of death'
By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News, Prague

Forensic researchers have developed a new method for establishing an exact time of death after as long as 10 days. The team from Austria's University of Salzburg measured the breakdown of muscle proteins in dead pigs over time. It is a significant step forward from the current method of measuring core body temperature, which only works up to 36 hours after death

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