What is the Understanding Health Research tool?
The tool guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions say about the quality of the research they are reading.
Articles – Critical Care Nurse [Journal]
1. Guest editorial. Retiring the term futility in value-laden decisions regarding potentially inappropriate medical treatment
Kon, Alexander A.; Davidson, Judy E.
Critical Care Nurse; Feb 2017; v.37. n.1, 9-11. 3p.
2. Reducing acute kidney injury due to contrast material: How nurses can improve patient safety
Critical Care Nurse, Feb 2017; 37(1): 13-26. 14p
Background: Acute kidney injury due to contrast material occurs in 3% to 15% of the 2 million cardiac catheterizations done in the United States each year.
Objective: To reduce acute kidney injury due to contrast material after cardiovascular interventional procedures.
3. Cardioembolic stroke: A case study
Babkair, Lisa A.
Critical Care Nurse, Feb 2017; 37(1): 27-39. 13p
Abstract: Cardioembolic stroke is a critical health condition that requires immediate intervention. Cardiac emboli are the most common type of embolism and account for 14% to 30% of all ischemic strokes. Atrial fibrillation is the most common cause of cardioembolic strokes, and its prevalence increases substantially with age. Other factors that increase the risk for cardioembolic stroke include hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, cardiac disease, and lifestyle choices.
4. Delirium in trauma patients: Prevalence and predictors
Von Rueden, Kathryn T.
Critical Care Nurse, Feb 2017; 37(1): 40-48. 9p
Background: Delirium is associated with increased mortality, morbidity, hospital costs, and postdischarge cognitive dysfunction. Most research focuses on nontrauma patients receiving mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit.
Objectives: To determine the prevalence and predictors of delirium in trauma patients residing in intensive and intermediate care units of an academic medical center.
5. Drug-induced serotonin syndrome
Critical Care Nurse, Feb 2017; 37(1): 49-54. 6p
Abstract: Serotonin syndrome is a potentially fatal condition caused by drugs that affect serotonin metabolism or act as serotonin receptor agonists. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are the medications most commonly associated with serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome can be mild and of short duration, but a prolonged course, life-threatening complications, and death are possible.
6. Postoperative patient-controlled analgesia in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit
Epstein, Hanna M
Critical Care Nurse, Feb 2017; 37(1): 55-61. 7p
Background: High rates of uncontrolled pain in critically ill patients remain common. Patient-controlled analgesia is more effective than traditional intravenous as-needed dosing regimens for managing postoperative pain in older children and adults.
Objective: To determine whether pain-related clinical outcomes in patients from age 10 years to adult following cardiac surgery are improved by using patient-controlled analgesia as a pain management strategy.
Articles – Resilience
7. Towards resilience and wellbeing in nurses.
Brennan, Emma Jane
British Journal of Nursing, 1/12/2017; 26(1): 43-47. 5p
Abstract: Nursing is a physically and emotionally demanding profession. High role expectations and difficult working conditions place some nurses at risk of burnout and stress-related illness. In spite of the challenges in the current healthcare system, nurses continue to deliver high-quality patient care, retain resilience and progress professionally in the face of adversity.
8. Improving the resilience of the healthcare workforce.
British Journal of Nursing, 11/24/2016; 25(21): 1216-1217. 2p
Abstract: The article discusses the author's views about methods for improving the resilience of Great Britain's healthcare workforce as of 2016, and it mentions British government strategies that do not rely on the recruitment of employees from foreign countries. Shortages in the Great Britain National Health Service's workforce are examined, along with a British Department of Health initiative involving nursing, midwifery, and allied health courses and degrees
9. Resilience as resistance to the new manageralism: portraits that reframe nursing through quotes from the field
Cope, Vicki; Jones, Bronwyn; Hendricks, Joyce
Journal of Nursing Management, Jan 2016; 24(1): 115-122. 8p
Abstract: This paper acknowledges the relationship between resilience and the new managerialism of contemporary nursing.
Discussion The new managerialism in hospital settings results in a rapidly increasing turnover of acutely ill or comorbid patients, which directly relates to retention and quality service.
10. Surviving workplace adversity: a qualitative study of nurses and midwives and their strategies to increase personal resilience
McDonald, Glenda; Jackson, Debra; Vickers, Margaret H.; Wilkes, Lesley
Journal of Nursing Management, Jan 2016; 24(1): 123-131. 9p
Abstract: To explore the experiences of Australian nurses and midwives who perceived themselves as resilient. The focus of this paper is to report the strategies used by a group of nurses and midwives to develop and maintain their resilience, despite encountering serious workplace adversity.
11. Resilience, job satisfaction and anticipated turnover in nurse leaders
Hudgins, Tracy Ann
Journal of Nursing Management, Jan 2016; 24(1): E62-E69. 8p
Abstract: The aim was to identify relationships between resilience, job satisfaction and anticipated turnover among nurse leaders. Despite the reported value of resilience, there is a lack of research on resilience in nurse leaders. This study examined how nurse leaders describe their resilience and the relationship it has with job satisfaction and anticipated turnover.
12. Exposure of mental health nurses to violence associated with job stress, life satisfaction, staff resilience, and post-traumatic growth
Itzhaki, Michal; Peles-Bortz, Anat; Kostistky, Hava; Barnoy, Dor; Filshtinsky, Vivian; Bluvstein, Irit;
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Oct 2015; 24(5): 403-412. 10p
Abstract: Workplace violence towards health workers in hospitals and in mental health units in particular is increasing. The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of exposure to violence, job stress, staff resilience, and post-traumatic growth ( PTG) on the life satisfaction of mental health nurses
Articles – Sleep Disorders
13. Rhythms of the night shift.
ONS Connect, Dec 2015; 30(4): 34-38. 5p
Abstract: The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (2015) recently published a training course for nurses and managers to educate them on the risks of shift work and long hours, and to review strategies for
managing these risks. Some of these recommendations will require cultural shifts in the way healthcare systems are run.
14. Getting the rest you deserve
Cox Sullivan, Sheila
Arkansas Nursing News, Spring 2015; 11(1): 15-19. 5p
Abstract: Restorative sleep is essential for good health. Unfortunately, there is a national epidemic of inadequate rest for all age groups in the United States. One-fourth of the US population experiences a sleep deficit on occasion, and one in 10 suffer from chronic insomnia.
15. The impact of shiftwork on health: a literature review
Matheson, Annabel; O'Brien, Louise; Reid, Jo-Anne
Journal of Clinical Nursing, Dec 2014; 23(23/24): 3309-3320. 12p
Abstract: To identify the impact of shiftwork on individuals and their lives and to discuss the implications this has for nurses and nursing. Background The context of shiftwork in the early 21st century is changing rapidly, and those involved in or required to work shiftwork are now spread over many different sectors of the community. In the Australian community, 16% of workers regularly work shiftwork. Most nurses undertake shiftwork at some time in their career, and health services could not operate without a shiftworking nursing workforce
Journal – Table of Contents
OT Insight: Magazine of Occupational Therapy New Zealand, Vol. 38, No. 1, February 2017
16A. OTNZ-WNA News: A call for abstracts and posters for the 2017 conference is now open
16B. On your bike: Social recovery in mental health
16C. Community-Led development in a post-disaster setting: part 2-What part can we play?
16D. OTNZ-WNA achievement award 2016: Congratulations to Allison McNamara
16E. Practising appropriately for bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand: Plenary session; Part 2
16F. World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)
16G. HASANZ update: The register and benefits for occupational therapists
16H. Fidelity in occupational therapy interventions
16I. The use of lying supports for adults: A review of the literature and clinical practice
16J. Putting well-being into practice
16K. CPE calendar
17. 2017 PHC Research Conference:Evidence and Innovation in PHC
Date: 7–9 August 2017
Venue: Te Pullman Brisbane King George Square (located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD)
More information: http://www.phcris.org.au/conference/2017/
18. Suicide to Hope
When: Friday 10 March, 2017
Venue: Christchurch Community House
301 Tuam Street, Christchurch
Cost: Normally $375 but as a Christchurch special it will be $300
Register your booking here
Ministry of Health – latest Publications
19. New Zealand Health Research Strategy 2017–2027: Summary of Submissions and Consultation
The Ministries of Health (MoH), and Business, Innovation and Employment (MIBE) are working with the Health Research Council (HRC) to develop a health research strategy for New Zealand.
22 February 2017
20. Faiva Ora 2016–2021 National Pasifika Disability Plan
The Ministry of Health Disability Support Services have been working with Pacific disabled people, Pacific communities and disability support services to develop the Faiva Ora National Pasifika Disability Plan 2016–2021.
21 February 2017
21. Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2017–2021
The Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan is part of an outcomes approach. It contributes to achieving the vision of the New Zealand Health Strategy
20 February 2017
22. Summary of Public Consultation on the Update of the Health of Older People Strategy
The Ministry of Health consulted widely to develop the Healthy Ageing Strategy. The strategy began its journey as an update to 2002’s Health of Older People Strategy. Between 13 July and 7 September 2016, the Ministry of Health consulted the public on the draft update
15 February 2017
23. Guidance on Infectious Disease Management under the Health Act 1956
This guidance explains new measures, concerning the notification and management of infectious diseases, which were recently incorporated into the Health Act 1956 and which commenced on 4 January 2017.
10 February 2017
News – National
24. Immunisations for Kiwi mums-to-be urged by expert
One News Now – 27 February 2017
New Zealand is leading the way in research into vaccinations during pregnancy but is lagging behind other parts of the world in the number of women who do it
25. Great strides in preventive medicine
ODT – 27 February 2017
Walking keeps you out of hospital, a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia says.Researchers gave pedometers to record daily step counts of participants in the study, aged 55-80. Median daily step counts ranged from 8600 in the youngest to 3800 in those over 80 years, and weekend days had on average 620 fewer steps than weekdays.
News – International
26. Labor moves to stop penalty rate cut
The Australian - February 27, 2017
Labor will step up its push to protect penalty rates arguing the Fair Work Commission's ruling to align Sunday rates with Saturday in some industries is untenable
27. Five-year-old girl died after GP refused to see her as she was 'a few minutes late' for her appointment
The Telegraph – 26 February 2017
young girl suffering from asthma died hours after a GP refused to see her because she turned up "a few minutes late" for an emergency appointment. Ellie-May Clark, five, died of an asthma attack after Dr Joanne Rowe allegedly refused to see her, the Mail on Sunday reported, despite having previously been warned the girl was at risk of having a life-threatening seizure.