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Library e-newsletter Issue 25 - 27 July 2016

Articles – Pruritus (itching)

1. Infection control and prevention
Contemporary Pediatrics, Jul 2016; 33(7): 21-24. 4p
: Teaching parents and educators about infection control practices can improve prevention and decrease risk of disease transmission to help keep kids in school.

2. Common causes of itching in children
Watkins, Jean
Practice Nursing, 2015; 26(7): 345-359. 15p
: Itching is a common complaint in children. Sometimes it is related to underlying systemic illness such as renal failure, liver disease, endocrine disorders, myeloproliferative or malignant conditions, or a reaction to certain medications. However, in most cases it is caused by a specific skin disease such as atopic or contact dermatitis, urticaria, infections such as chickenpox or fungal problems, xerosis, contact with water, insect bites, or infestations such as scabies or head lice.

3. Itching in children: An overview of causes and management
Watkins, Jean
Nurse Prescribing, 2014; 12(12): 590-595. 6p
: Pruritus (itching) is a common problem in children and may stem from a number of causes, such as eczema, urticaria, insect bites, infections or occasionally from more serious generalized disease. This article discusses signs and symptoms that help in diagnosis, and the appropriate management and treatment of these conditions

Articles - Shingles

4.  Understanding the development and management of shingles.
Shostak, Katie & Conceicao, Vilma
Journal of Community Nursing, Apr/May2015; 29(2): 74-78. 5p
: Shingles is a condition caused by reactivation of the herpes virus that is responsible for varicella (chickenpox). It results in a painful, vesicular rash that can have a devastating effect on patients. It can also have long-lasting effects such as pain and an increased risk of vascular conditions such as stroke for patients under the age of 40.

5. The truth about shingles
Kane, Emily A.
Better Nutrition, Nov 2014; 76(11): 26-27. 2p
: This formerly rare complication from chicken pox is becoming more and more common. Here’s what you need to know.

Articles - Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, March 2016

6. Editorial: Looking back and looking forward
Rummel, Louise (Dr) with input from Dr Irena Madjar
Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, Mar 2016; v.32. n.1, 5-7. 3p
: Emeritus Professor Dr Norma Chick PE RGON RM PhD, FCNA, has been a member of the Editorial Group of Nursing Praxis in New Zealand from the inception of “Nursing Praxis” in 1985 to the present day (2016). One can only marvel at this length of service of a great, disciplined and logical mind, and her determination to advance the profession of nursing as a discipline in its own right.

7. Factors that influence new graduates’ preferences for specialty areas
Wilkinson, Jill
Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, Mar 2016; 32(1): 8-19. 12p
: This paper reports a survey of nurses who had registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in 2012 and explored factors that influenced their preference for three government priority specialty areas: primary health care, mental health and aged-related residential care.

8. Oral health experiences of Maori with dementia and whanau perspectives
Gilmour, Jean
Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, Mar 2016; 32(1): 20-27. 8p
: This paper reports a study of the oral health experiences and needs of Māori with dementia and their whānau. Age-related change is associated with oral health issues such as gum recession, risk of caries and issues with previous dental work. A diagnosis of dementia is an added factor due to care provision difficulties.

9. A toolkit for clinical educators to foster learners' clinical reasoning and skills acquisition
Cook, Catherine
Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, Mar 2016; 32(1): 28-37. 10p
: Although Patricia Benner identified that novices learn best by following rules and frameworks, little subsequent research about the novice to expert continuum has been applied to the development of novice educators.  This article is a syntheses of three teaching and learning models:  the Model of Practical Skill Performance; the 4A Model; and Five Minute Preceptor; and three specific skills: 'think aloud'; questioning; and feedback. 

Journal Table of Contents

Emergency Nurse New Zealand: The Journal of the College of Emergency Nurses New Zealand (NZNO), July 2016

10A. Editorial [Four ED nurses become registered as NP’s)
10B. Chairperson’s report
10C. Clinical case presentation: A sore throat
10D. CENNZ News
10E. Interviews with four of our new Nurse Practitioners [Sue Stebbeings; Chrisy Austin; Katie Smith; Julie Scott]
10F. Fracture clinic redesign in the ED: Breaking the mould
10G. Regional report: Northland/Te Tokerau; Auckland
10H. Regional report: Midland
10I. Regional report: Hawkes Bay/Tarawhiti
10J. Regional report: Mid Central
10K. Regional report: Top of the South
10L. Regional report: Canterbury/Westland; Southern


11. New Beginnings: Stomal Therapy Conference
October 27-28, 2016
Venue: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch
More information:

12. College of Emergency Nurses New Zealand Conference
Balance - Caring for others, caring for ourselves
Date: 3-4th November 2016
Advanced Emergency Nurses Network (AENN) Day:  5th November 2016
Venue: Heritage Hotel Auckland
More information:

13. Workshops – New draft Disability Strategy New Zealand
Small group discussions.  The strategy will guide the direction of government agencies on disability issues for the next 10 years
Dates: 29 July – 19 August, 2016
Venues: Nelson, Blenheim, Dunedin, Invercargill, Greymouth, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Napier,  New Plymouth, Whāngārei, Auckland, Manukau, Tauranga, Gisborne, Palmerston North
Register here:

News – National

14. Obesity campaigners pleased at council's fizzy-drink ban
NZ Herald - Wednesday Jul 27, 2016

The Auckland Council has become the latest big body to ban fizzy drinks from its buildings. The bold move has been applauded by a leading obesity researcher. Council chief executive Stephen Town this morning announced that the council's 21 leisure centres would be dropping sugar-sweetened drinks from vending machines. "It just doesn't fit to sell sugary drinks in places where we are trying to support healthier lifestyles

News International

15. Watch for behaviour changes for clues of dementia onset
Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press | July 25, 2016
WASHINGTON — Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing — changes in behaviour or personality might be an early clue. Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called “mild behavioural impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families.

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