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Issue 28 - 31 July 2015

Articles - International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015

1. Editorial: Working well? Studying the nursing workforce
By Lin Perry.
International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4 (pages 337–338)
: This edition has a strong focus on the nursing workforce. Since at least Florence Nightingale, nurses have sought to understand the way nursing works, to make health-care work better: a wide agenda of developing knowledge for patient and community health and wellbeing. The size of the nursing workforce—in many countries the single largest health-care profession and often the majority group of the health-care workforce—is both a strength and vulnerability.

2. A nursing care classification system for assessing workload and determining optimal nurse staffing in a teaching hospital in China: A pre-post intervention study
By Dongmei Yu, Yuqin Ma, Qingwen Sun, Gendi Lu and Ping Xu

International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4, (pages 339–349)
Abstract: We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a nursing care classification system for re-assessing nurse workload and determining staffing needs. Adequate bed–nurse ratios help manage hospital cost-efficiency, quality of care and patient safety. A prospective pre-post intervention study was conducted from January 2010 to December 2012 in 16 medical-surgical units of a tertiary teaching hospital.

3. Nurse competence between three generational nurse cohorts: A cross-sectional study
By Riitta Meretoja, Olivia Numminen, Hannu Isoaho and Helena Leino-Kilpi
International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4 (pages 350–358)

Abstract: Research indicates significant differences between nurse cohorts in many work-related factors. This study compared nurse competence between three generational cohorts comprising the current nursing workforce. The Nurse Competence Scale was used to collect data for this cross-sectional study from 2052 nurses in a university hospital in Finland. Data were analysed statistically. Significant differences were found between nurse cohorts in their competence

4. Why nurses are leaving the profession … lack of support from managers’: What nurses from an e-cohort study said
By Anthony Tuckett, Peta Winters-Chang, Fiona Bogossian and Michael Wood

International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4 (pages 359–366)
Abstract: The shortage of nurses is known. We explored nurses' reasons for leaving the profession based on responses from an e-newsletter of the Nurses and Midwives e-cohort Study. Qualitative content analysis of data from email responses (n = 66) showed ‘Lack of support’ as a social work value describing their manager's lack of support, unsupportive relationships within their work group, and a health-care system putting business principles before care resulting in job dissatisfaction and nurse turnover.

5. Individual and contextual antecedents of workplace aggression in aged care nurses and certified nursing assistants
By John Rodwell, Defne Demir and Andre Gulyas
International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4 (pages 367–375)

Abstract: Employees in aged care are at high risk of workplace aggression. Research rarely examines the individual and contextual antecedents of aggression for specific types of workers within these settings, such as nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The study aimed to explore characteristics of the job demands-resources model (JD-R), negative affectivity (NA) and demographics related to workplace aggression for aged care workers

6. The attitudes of nursing students towards lesbians and gay males in Turkey
By Nihal Bostanci Daştan
International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4 (pages 376–382)
: This study was conducted with 158 nursing students using the Homosexuality Attitudes Scale as a descriptive and explorative study to determine the attitudes of nursing students towards lesbians and gay males and the affecting factors. As a result, it was found that the students' attitudes were moderately homophobic; stronger religious belief, conversing with others about homosexuality and the idea of making friends with lesbians and gay males positively affected this attitude.

7. The relationship between South Korean clinical nurses' attitudes toward organizations and voluntary turnover intention: A path analysis
By Jong Kyung Kim and Sun Ju Chang
International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4 (pages 383–391)

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between attitudes toward their organizations and voluntary turnover intention among South Korean clinical nurses. Data from a total of 312 clinical nurses in six hospitals in South Korea were collected for the study. Both hierarchical multiple regression analysis and path analysis were used to analyse the data. The overall fit of the hypothetical model was good.

8. Influence of clinical practice on nursing students' mental and immune-endocrine functions
By Jie Lei, Hua Jin, Simei Shen, Zhiling Li and Guixiong Gu
International Journal of Nursing Practice, August 2015, Vol. 21, Issue 4 (pages 392–400)
This work aims to evaluate the stressful effects of clinical learning environments on nursing students and to better understand the importance of reducing anxiety. Ninety-two female nursing students were randomly recruited. State Anxiety Inventory (SAI), General Self-Efficacy scale (GSES), Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS), General Maladjustment Scale (GM), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, the personal information questionnaire were administered along with an immune-endocrine profile, red blood cells and plasma cortisol.

Articles  - Nurse Practitioners

9. Evaluating Nurse Practitioner Students Through Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
By Clark, Carol A.
Nursing Education Perspectives. Jan/Feb 2015, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p53-54. 2p
: Medical schools' use of Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for over 30 years proves the OSCE is an objective way to assess a variety of clinical skills. This pilot study determined the feasibility of using OSCE, together with a checklist tool, to evaluate nurse practitioner (NP) students' competency in obtaining a patient's health history and performing a complete physical examination

10. Screening, assessment, and treatment of osteoporosis for the nurse practitioner: Key questions and answers for clinical practice-A Canadian perspective.
By Rice, Peggy; Mehan, Upender; Hamilton, Celeste; Kim, Sandra.
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Jul 2014, Vol. 26 Issue 7, p378-385. 8p
: Using a case-based approach, we review key clinical questions relevant to nurse practitioners (NPs) regarding the screening, assessment, and treatment of patients at risk for osteoporosis and fractures in a Canadian general practice setting. Data sources A case presentation with relevant questions and answers to guide management of a patient.

11. A national cross-sectional study measuring predictors for improved service user outcomes across clinical nurse or midwife specialist, advanced nurse practitioner and control sites
By Comiskey, Catherine; Coyne, Imelda; Lalor, Joan; Begley, Cecily.
Journal of Advanced Nursing. May 2014, Vol. 70 Issue 5, p1128-1137. 10p
: The aim was to identify key patient outcomes and to compare these outcomes across services that employed clinical specialists (either nurse or midwife) or advanced nurse practitioners with matched, non post-holding services. Background In nursing and evaluation research, it is recognized that, further patient outcome studies, which measure and evaluate the impact of the new advanced roles, are urgently needed

12. New tool for patient evaluation of nurse practitioner in primary care settings.
By Klemenc-Ketis, Zalika; Kravos, Andrej; Poplas-Susič, Tonka; Švab, Igor; Kersnik, Janko.
Journal of Clinical Nursing. May 2014, Vol. 23 Issue 9/10, p1323-1331. 9p
: Aims and objectives To validate a tool for patient evaluation of nurse practitioners. Background The roles of nurse practitioners in family practice settings are health promotion and routine follow-up of patients with chronic diseases. So far, several tools for patient evaluation of nurse practitioners have been developed. They revealed several dimensions of nurse practitioners' work and high levels of patient satisfaction with their work.

13. Customized Role Play: Strategy for Development of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Competencies.
By Hubbard, Grace B.
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. Apr 2014, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p132-138. 7p

Abstract: Purpose To discuss the teaching/learning strategy of customized role play to enhance psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students' entry level competency.
Conclusions Customized role play facilitates application of new content, understanding of the patient's experience, and assessment of skill deficits. Practice Implications New PMHNP graduates have entry level proficiency across the life span with a range of psychotherapeutic interventions

Journal – Table of Contents

14. From Emergency Nurse New Zealand: The Journal of the College of Emergency Nurses  New Zealand (NZNO)

14A. A word from the editor
14B. Chairperson’s report
14C. intranasal fentanyl for analgesia in the adult emergency setting
14D. Treatment injury case study: Wrong site of ventrogluteal injection
14E. Interview with Fleur Collins, RN volunteer nursing in Sierra Leone
14F. Triage of patient with post-procedure ophthalmic symptoms in the emergency department
14G. Regional report: Northland/Te Tokerau region
14H. Regional report: Auckland region [ED, Auckland City Hospital]
14I. Regional report: Auckland region [ Children’s ED, Starship Children’s Health
14J. Regional report: Midland region [Tauranga Hospital ED]
14K. Regional report: Hawkes Bay/Tarawhiti region [Hawkes Bay Regional Hospital ED]
14L. Regional report: Mid Central region [Palmerston North Hospital ED]
14M. Regional report: Greater Wellington region [Wellington Regional ED, Capital & Coast DHB]
14N. Regional report: Top of the South [Nelson Hospital ED]
14O. Regional report: Canterbury/Westland region [Christchurch Hospital ED]
14P. Regional report: Southern region [Dunedin Hospital ED]


15. 14th Annual HiNZ Conference
This year's theme is COLLABORATE. Systems reform requires input from all people working across the system and collaboration is vital to the success of health IT projects
Date: 19-22 October 2015
Venue: Wigram Air Force Museum, Christchurch

16.  Quality Care & Patient Safety
24th Annual Conference of the College of Emergency Nurses New Zealand
 15 & 16 October 2015
Venue: Rydges Hotel, Wellington.
More information:

News - National

17. Flu at epidemic levels, as number of new cases soars
Stuff – 31 July 2015
More than 1.2 million influenza vaccinations have been administered as the illness soars to epidemic levels. The last weekly ESR influenza report shows 319 suspected cases were reported in the week to Sunday, up from 184 in the previous week.

18. Gym, less junk food turn life around
NZ Herald - Friday Jul 31, 2015
Rawiri Te Kowhai knew something was up with his body - but when he was told he was a walking heart-attack or stroke victim he decided something needed to change. The Rotorua man thought he had early symptoms of diabetes but says he never realised it was so bad until he saw a nurse at Korowai Aroha who told him unless he did something about his lifestyle he was at real risk of serious health issues

News – International

19. Canberra curse: public servants' routine a risk to their back health
The Age: July 19, 2015
Nathan Hitchcock calls it the Canberra curse. Eighty per cent of the personal trainer's clients are office-based public servants and many of these come with the same problem: a sore lower back.

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