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Issue 35 - 25 September 2015

Be in the Know!

Subscribe to Kai Tiaki Nursing Research: an annual journal showcasing New Zealand nursing research. September 2015 issue, Vol. 6 No. 1 – OUT NOW

Research topics range from the fun and games which built nursing comradeship in yesteryear, through to the new online revising tool used by undergraduates to study for state finals.
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Articles - Epidemiology and Infection [Journal], Oct 2015

1. Disease prioritization: what is the state of the art? 
By Brookes V J; Del Rio Vilas, V J; Ward, M P.
Epidemiology and Infection 143.14 (Oct 2015): 2911-2922.
: This review describes the progression of disease prioritization methodology from ad hoc techniques to decision science methods (including multi-criteria decision analysis, conjoint analysis and probabilistic inversion), and describes how these methods aid defensible resource allocation.

2. Clinical predictors of disease severity during the 2009-2010 A(HIN1) influenza virus pandemic in a paediatric population 
By Garcia, M N; Philpott, D C; Murray, K O; Ontiveros, A; Revell, P A;  Epidemiology and Infection 143.14 (Oct 2015): 2939-2949.
: A novel influenza virus emerged in the United States in spring 2009, rapidly becoming a global pandemic. Children were disproportionally affected by the novel influenza A(H1N1) pandemic virus [A(H1N1)pdm]. This retrospective electronic medical record review study aimed to identify clinical predictors of disease severity of influenza A(HIN1)pdm infection in paediatric patients

3. Age-specific differences in influenza virus type and subtype distribution in the 2012/2013 season in 12 European countries 
Epidemiology and Infection 143.14 (Oct 2015): 2950-2958.
: The epidemiology of seasonal influenza is influenced by age. During the influenza season, the European Influenza Surveillance Network (EISN) reports weekly virological and syndromic surveillance data [mostly influenza-like illness (ILI)] based on national networks of sentinel primary-care providers. The analysis by age group suggests that the overall distribution of circulating (sub)types may mask substantial differences between age groups.

4. Characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from residents and the environment in a long-term care facility 
Epidemiology and Infection 143.14 (Oct 2015): 2985-2988.
: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major public health concern associated with residence in a long-term care facility (LTCF). The aim of this prospective study was to characterize MRSA isolated from residents over a 1-year period and their physical environment over a 2-year period

Articles – Nursing Education Perspectives [Journal], Sept/Oct 2015

5. Reflections on Clinical Simulation: The Past, Present, and Future 
By Jeffries, Pamela R.
Nursing Education Perspectives 36.5 (Sep/Oct 2015): 278-279.
: In August 2014, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) revealed the results if its sentinel, national, multisite simulation study, the most rigorous educational study ever done in the history of nursing education. Based on Adamson's review and the contributions of other nurse researchers, members of the International Nurses Association of Clinical Simulation Learning (INACSL) and the National League for Nursing (NLN), and with the guidance of Dr. Beth Rodgers, an expert on theory development, the NLN Jeffries Simulation Model has now been declared a midrange nursing theory.

6.  A Systematic Review of the Literature Related to the NLN/ Jeffries Simulation Framework 
By Adamson, Katie.
Nursing Education Perspectives 36.5 (Sep/Oct 2015): 281-291
: The purpose of this manuscript it to disseminate findings from a systematic review of the literature related to the NLN/ Jeffries Simulation Framework. This review was initiated by the National League for Nursing to illuminate what is currently known about best simulation practices, research to support these practices, and priorities for future research

7. INACSL Standards of Best Practice for Simulation: Past, Present, and Future 
By Sittner, Barbara J; Aebersold, Michelle L; Paige, Jane B; Graham, Leslie L M; Schram, Andrea Parsons; et al.
Nursing Education Perspectives 36.5 (Sep/Oct 2015): 294-298
: To describe the historical evolution of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning's (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM. The establishment of simulation standards began as a concerted effort by the INACSL Board of Directors in 2010 to provide best practices to design, conduct, and evaluate simulation activities in order to advance the science of simulation as a teaching methodology

8. Enhancing Clinical Reasoning Through Simulation Debriefing: A Multisite Study 
By Forneris, Susan G; Neal, Diana O; Tiffany, Jone; Kuehn, Mary Beth; Meyer, Heidi M; et al.
Nursing Education Perspectives 36.5 (Sep/Oct 2015): 304-310.
: The aim of this research was to replicate Dreifuerst's 2012 findings of enhanced clinical reasoning scores using a structured debriefing: Debriefing for Meaningful Learning© (DML).

Articles – Nursing Ethics [Journal], June 2015

9. Relatives' participation in everyday care in special care units for persons with dementia   
By Helgesen, Ann Karin; Athlin, Elsy; Larsson, Maria.
Nursing Ethics 22.4 (Jun 2015): 404-416.
: This article examines relatives' participation in their near one's everyday care, the level of burden experienced and important factors for participation, in this special context.

10. Ethical challenges in everyday work with adults with learning disabilities
By Solvoll, Betty-Ann; Hall, Elisabeth OC; Brinchmann, Berit Støre.
Nursing Ethics 22.4 (Jun 2015): 417-427.
: Healthcare providers caring for learning-disabled individuals in institutions face challenges of what is right or wrong in their daily work. Serving this group, it is of utmost importance for the healthcare staff to raise awareness and to understand how ethical values are at stake.

11.  District nurse advocacy for choice to live and die at home in rural Australia
By Reed, Frances M; Fitzgerald, Les; Bish, Melanie R.
Nursing Ethics 22.4 (Jun 2015): 479-492
: Choice to live and die at home is supported by palliative care policy; however, health resources and access disparity impact on this choice in rural Australia. Rural end-of-life home care is provided by district nurses, but little is known about their role in advocacy for choice in care. The study was conducted to review the scope of the empirical literature available to answer the research question: What circumstances influence district nurse advocacy for rural client choice to live and die at home?, and identify gaps in the knowledge.

12. Ethical and legal challenges associated with disaster nursing
By Aliakbari, Fatemeh; Hammad, Karen; Bahrami, Masoud; Aein, Fereshteh.
Nursing Ethics 22.4 (Jun 2015): 493-503.
: In disaster situations, nurses may face new and unfamiliar ethical and legal challenges not common in their everyday practice. The aim of this study was to explore Iranian nurses' experience of disaster response and their perception of the competencies required by nurses in this environment

Journal – Table of Contents

13. From Registered Nurse Journal, July/August 2015

13A. Editor’s note: Nothing ventured, nothing gained [All it takes to make a big difference is an idea]
13B. President’s view: Respectful and responsive care for all
13C. CEO Dispatch:  Unlocking access to health care
13D. Nursing in the News: Shift work can pose risks to health; Halton chapter hosts successful dialogue on elder abuse
13E. Nurse practitioners celebrate expanded scope; HSN takes action against child abuse
13F. Public health advocates for a ban on smoking in public areas
13G. Nursing Notes: Remembering Lori Dupont; Government announces changes to PHIPA; Kingston RN takes the helm at CNO; New report confirms dangers of using marijuana during adolescence
13H. Cover Story: Prescribing change: Expanded scope for RNs holds promise to streamline patient care
13I. RN Profile: Ontario’s newest chief nurse arrives at Queen’s Park [Kaiyan Fu]13J. Ahead of the curve [Two nursing students leading positive change in their communities]
13K. What does membership mean to you [RNAO asked members to share their reasons for joining RNAO]
13L. Policy at work: Jobs, justice and climate change march; Making the case for a national pharmacare plan; RNAO applauds new regulations on pesticides


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- 31 keynote and invited speakers
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15. Christianity and the Code. Professing Faith in Professional Practice
The inaugural conference brings together renowned speakers to share their insights into how we can as professional practitioners and leaders being exemplars of quality practice and professing our faith through the delivery of truly holistic care.
Date: Friday evening November 6th, Saturday November 7th, 2015
Venue:  Laidlaw College, 80 Central Park Drive, Henderson Auckland
Registration online 
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 News - National

16. Brazilian breast implants distributed in New Zealand could be contaminated
Stuff - September 25 2015

Breast implant have been halted in New Zealand after contamination fears were raised at a Brazilian factory. Medsafe has started an "urgent investigation" into all Silimed silicon breast implants. The New Zealand distributor suspending sale and is contacting all surgeons to advise them not to use the implants. Both the distributor, Device Technology New Zealand, and Medsafe said there were no safety concerns about the products at this stage but their use has already been halted in both Australia and Europe.

News – International

17. George Institute study finds SMS helps heart attack survivors heed health message
Melbourne Age - September 23, 2015

A simple SMS could be lifesaving, say doctors running a trial to prevent heart attacks. Their study, which reminded heart attack survivors about how they could stick to a healthy lifestyle and the importance of getting regular medical check-ups, found text messages were so powerful in some cases that they produced a similar effect to medications. Sydney cardiologist and study leader Clara Chow believed rolling out SMS reminders to heart attack survivors could save more than 1880 lives in one year alone.

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