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Issue 7 - 26 February 2016

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Articles – International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Feb 2015

1. Towards a model for understanding the development of post-traumatic stress and general distress in mental health nurses
By: Lee, Joyce; Daffern, Michael; Ogloff, James R. P.; Martin, Trish.
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Feb 2015, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p49-58
: In their daily work, mental health nurses (MHN) are often exposed to stressful events, including patient-perpetrated aggression and violence. Personal safety and health concerns, as well as concern for the physical and psychological well-being of patients, dominate; these concerns have a profound impact on nurses. This cross-sectional study explored and compared the psychological well-being of 196 hospital-based MHN (97 forensic and 99 mainstream registered psychiatric nurses or psychiatric state enrolled nurses).

2. Medication-administration errors in an urban mental health hospital: A direct observation survey
By Cottney, Alan; Innes, James.
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Feb 2015, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p65-74. 10p
: In the present study, we aimed to identify the incidence, type, and potential clinical consequence of medication-administration errors made in a mental health hospital, and to investigate factors that might increase the risk of error. A prospective, direct observational technique was used to collect data from nurse medication rounds on each of the hospital's 43 inpatient wards.

3. Thematic analysis of psychiatric patients' perceptions of nursing staff
By: Stewart, Duncan; Burrow, Heather; Duckworth, Alex; Dhillon, Jasbir; Fife, Sarah; Kelly, Siobhan; Marsh-Picksley, Sophie; Massey, Emma; O'Sullivan, John; Qureshi, Maria; Wright, Steve; Bowers, Len.
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Feb 2015, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p82-90. 9p
: Therapeutic and informal interactions with nurses are integral to the quality of care that psychiatric patients receive. How well these interactions are performed, and their impact on the experience and outcomes of inpatient care, have not been subject to systematic evaluation. The aim of the present study was to examine patients' perceptions of the personal and professional qualities of nursing staff and how these contribute to the ward environment.

Articles -  Hand Hygiene/Infection Control

4. Cleaning hospital room surfaces to prevent health care-assciated infections: A technical brief
By Han, Jennifer H.; Sullivan, Nancy; Leas, Brian F.; Pegues, David A.; Kaczmarek, Janice L.; Umscheid, Craig A.
Annals of Internal Medicine. 10/20/2015, Vol. 163 Issue 8, p598-607. 10p
: The cleaning of hard surfaces in hospital rooms is critical for reducing health care-associated infections. This review describes the evidence examining current methods of cleaning, disinfecting, and monitoring cleanliness of patient rooms, as well as contextual factors that may affect implementation and effectiveness. Key informants were interviewed, and a systematic search for publications since 1990 was done with the use of several bibliographic and gray literature resources.

5. Promoting safe hygiene practices in public restrooms: A pilot study
By: Kratzke, Cynthia; Short, Margaret; San Filippo, Bruce.
Journal of Environmental Health. Nov 2014, Vol. 77 Issue 4, p8-12. 5p
: The study described in this article examined the impact of hygiene posters in promoting safe hygiene practices for used toilet tissue disposal in public restrooms. Although the long-held hygiene norm in homes for the disposal of used toilet tissue in a container may occur in the rural U.S., it is critical in public environments to promote proper toilet tissue disposal in toilets to reduce potential transmission of bacteria and viruses.

6. The urgent need for nurse practitioners to lead antimicrobial stewardship in ambulatory health care
By Manning, Mary Lou.
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Aug 2014, Vol. 26 Issue 8, p411-413. 3p
: The author discusses the need for nurse practitioners (NPs) to assume leadership for antimicrobial stewardship in ambulatory health care. According to the author, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has highlighted the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings. The author says that antimicrobial stewardship is intended to ensure patient safety and public health through the implementation of interventions for the appropriate use of antimicrobials.

7. Keeping infection control in hand
By Dean, Erin.
Nursing Standard. 7/16/2014, Vol. 28 Issue 46, p20-22. 3p
: Improved levels of infection prevention and control within health care are getting a much needed push from new quality guidance, says Erin Dean

Articles – 12 hour shifts

8. From the editor: The 12 hour shift
By Rollins, Judy A.
Pediatric Nursing. Jul/Aug2015, Vol. 41 Issue 4, p162-164. 2p
: The article focuses on several finding related to the 12-hour Shift of nurses. Topics discussed include nurses who worked 12-hour shifts who were more satisfied than those working 8-hour shifts, better continuity of care and communication when patient information and assessments are being passed between two people and importance of how nurses spend their time between shifts than the actual shift

9. Nurse fatigue and shift length: A pilot study 
By Maust Martin, Deborah.
Nursing Economic$. Mar/Apr2015, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p81-87. 7p
: The article discusses a pilot study which examined whether there are differences in fatigue levels when the nurses voluntarily change from 12-hour shifts to 8-hour shifts. Topics covered include steps to the evidence based practice model, analysis of survey responses, and influences that impacted the project through all its phases.

10. Fatigue and recovery in 12-hour dayshift hospital nurses 
By Chen, Jie; Davis, Kermit G.; Daraiseh, Nancy M.; Pan, Wei; Davis, Linda S.
Journal of Nursing Management. Jul 2014, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p593-603. 11p
Aim The study investigated the status of acute fatigue, chronic fatigue and inter-shift recovery among 12-hour shift nurses and how they differed by organisational and individual factors. Background While the 12-hour shift has been a widely accepted staffing solution in hospitals, the fatigue-recovery process in nurses working 12-hour shifts remains unclear

Journal - Table of Contents

The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, February 2016, Vol. 47, Issue 2

11A. Guest Editorial: Developing Educators With, From, and About the Technology
11B. Administrative Angles: Encouraging Specialty Certification: How Multilevel Support Can Help
11C. Clinical Updates: Chemotherapy and Biotherapy: What Nurses Need to Know When Administering to Nononcologic Patients
11D. Leadership and Development: Interprofessional Education: Background and Purpose, Part I
11E. Teaching Tips : Preparing Nurses to Communicate With the Media, Policy Makers, and the Public
11F. CNE Article: Qualitative Analysis of the Lived Experience of First-Time Nurse Responders in Disaster
11G. CNE Quiz: Qualitative Analysis of the Lived Experience of First-Time Nurse Responders in Disaster
Original Articles
11H. Multisite Assessment of Nursing Continuing Education Learning Needs Using an Electronic Tool
11I. Leadership for Transitions of Care: An Active Learning Innovation
11J. Development of an Outcome Measurement Plan for an Accredited Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit

Conferences & Training

12. Compassionate Communities - Health Professionals and Community
What is the role of community in looking after the dying at home, in aged care facilities, in hospitals and hospices?  How do we care for each other as we care for the dying patient?  How can we engage communities to promote conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement?
Date: 18 March 2016
Venue: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre

13. The 2016 Goodfellow Symposium
Theme: Skills for Next Monday
Includes sessions on: Advanced care life support ; Mindfulness; Cervical Smears
Date: 18 - 20 March 2016
Venue: The Vodafone Event Centre
More information:

14. GPS 2016: Growing Pasifika Solutions for flourishing young people
Date: 20-22 April, 2016
Venue: Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City 
More information:

News – National

15. 'This is a really infectious disease' - plea for awareness over Auckland measles outbreak
TVNZ – One News
Auckland health services are battling to contain the measles disease with a fifth case now under investigation and 100 people quarantined since the start of the outbreak this month

News – International

16. Desk standing is like 'training for a marathon', researchers say
The Age – 25 February 2016
Standing at your desk all day can be a health hazard if you don't build up to it gradually, a new study has found. researchers from the University of Sydney have published what they say is a world-first study of its kind measuring productivity, which also identified risks associated with prolonged standing.

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