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Issue 30 - Library e-newsletter 4 Sept 2017

Are you a budding writer?

Submit an article to the co-editors of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand ( 
The best nurse writers published in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand (KTNNZ) this year will be up for prize money totalling $750. The writer of the winning article will receive $500, and the runner-up $250.

Articles – Preceptorship

1. Tensions in learning professional identities - nursing students' narratives and participation in practical skills during their clinical practice: an ethnographic study
Ewertsson, Mona; Bagga-Gupta, Sangeeta; Allvin, Renée; Blomberg, Karin
BMC Nursing, 8/16/2017; 16(1): 1-8. 8p
: Clinical practice is a pivotal part of nursing education. It provides students with the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired from lectures into practice with real patients, under the guidance of registered nurses. Clinical experience is also essential for shaping the nursing students' identity as future professional nurses.

2. Examining the lived experiences of newly qualified midwives during their preceptorship
Wain, Amanda
British Journal of Midwifery, Jul 2017; 25(7): 451-457. 7p
: Novice midwives at one NHS Trust undertook a 12-month preceptorship programme, designed to support them to consolidate their education and develop their competence. The study was commenced following concerns voiced by new midwives about levels of support during their transition, and also because of a high rate of attrition of newly qualified midwives at the Trust. The aim of the study was to evaluate the experiences of newly qualified midwives during their preceptorship at the Trust

3. A critical review of preceptor development for nurses working with undergraduate nursing students
Kamolo, Elizabeth; Vernon, Rachael; Toffoli, Luisa
International Journal of Caring Sciences, May-Aug2017; 10(2): 1089-1100. 12p
: Preceptorship is a clinical teaching model through which undergraduate nursing students are facilitated to acquire beginning competencies that enable them to function effectively in the complex workplace environment upon graduation. The aim of this study was to explore the outcomes of preceptor development activities for preceptors of undergraduate nursing students.

4. Preceptorship for practitioners new to theatre departments
Richardson, C.
Journal of Perioperative Practice, May 2017; 27(5): 99-102. 4p
: This article focuses on the process of identifying influences and constraints of a preceptorship programme for perioperative practitioners and assesses the potential impact on the learning process. As a trust we have endorsed preceptorship for newly qualified staff, especially new staff nurses.

5. Midwifery preceptorship: The next chapter
Power, Alison; Ewing, Kate
British Journal of Midwifery, Aug 2016; 24(8): 582-584. 3p
At the point of registration, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2009: 23) states that student midwives should be able to 'practise safely and effectively without the need for direct supervision'. However, newly qualified midwives should have a preceptorship period where knowledge and skills are consolidated while confidence in practice is developed. This article describes preceptorship in the context of midwifery practice and summarises the roles and responsibilities of the 'new registrant', the preceptor and the employer.

Articles – Cervical Cancer

6. The shifting landscape in cervical cancer screening
Baker, Ed
MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer, Jul 2017, 49(7): 42-44. 2p
: The article discusses trends and changes in the screening of cervical cancer in the U.S. Topics discussed include the increasing role of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing in cervical cancer screening, the evolution of screening guidelines developed by several medical societies, and the changing attitude of obstetricians and gynecologists with regards to newer screening methods.

7. Cervical cancer: What you need to know
Nursing Update, Nov/Dec 2016, 41(6): 11-11. 1p
Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of death in women in South Africa and the third leading cause of death in women throughout the world. Vaccine is available to prevent cancer-causing HPV infection; and cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be detected in the pre-cancerous stage through regular pap smears

8. Cancer screening education: Can it change knowledge and attitudes among culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland, Australia?
Cullerton, Katherine.;  Gallegos, Danielle;  Ashley, Ella.;  Do, Hong.; Voloschenko, Anna.; Fleming, Marylou.; Ramsey, Rebecca & Gould, Trish.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Aug 2016, 27(2): 140-147
: Screening for cancer of the cervix, breast and bowel can reduce morbidity and mortality. Low participation rates in cancer screening have been identified among migrant communities internationally. Attempting to improve low rates of cancer screening, the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland developed a pilot Cancer Screening Education Program for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.

9. Powles, Carrie
HPV vaccine: a key cervical cancer prevention strategy.
World of Irish Nursing & Midwifery, May 2017, 25(4): 57-58. 2p
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is understood to play a definite role in the development of cervical cancer. It is a necessary but not a sole causative agent. Some 99.7 % of cervical cancers contain high risk HPV DNA

10. A team care model of cervical screening in a general practice
Rennie, Darryn;   Boxsell, Jennifer & Pedretti, Kaye
Australian Family Physician, Jul 2015, 44(7): 515-518
Cervical screening reduces the incidence and mortality rate of cervical cancer. General practices have opportunities to increase screening rates by modifying the model of service provided. We provide an example of team-based cervical screening in a general practice and report the effectiveness of invitation letters for women with no record of a Pap smear.

Articles – Tuberculosis

11. Active tuberculosis (TB) with a negative interferon gamma release assay: failure of this test to rule out TB
Maze, Michael & Beckert, Lutz
New Zealand Medical Journal, 19th April 2013, 126(1373): 85-87
: Tuberculosis (TB) notification rates in New Zealand are around 7/100,000 with highest rates in those of non-European ethnicity.1 Primary pulmonary infection is often asymptomatic with conversion of a tuberculin skin test or interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) the only evidence of infection.

12. Neriman Yükseltürk & Leyla Dinç
Knowledge about anti-tuberculosis treatment among nurses at tuberculosis clinics
International Journal of Nursing Practice, February 2013, 19 (1): 47–53
: Nurses are primary responsible for Direct Observation Therapy Strategy and administration of anti-tuberculosis (TB) medications. Lack of knowledge might result with medication errors and ineffective TB control. The purpose of this study was to assess knowledge of nurses about anti-TB treatment.

13. Sputum collection and analysis: what the nurse needs to know
Nursing Standard. 31(27): 40-43
Sputum is the term used to describe mucus that has been expectorated. It consists of secretions and other matter that has been coughed up from the lungs and large airways. This article informs nurses about how and why sputum collection and analysis are undertaken

14. TB: not just a disease of the past
Nursing Standard. 2017 May 17, 31(38): 18-20.

Abstract: Tuberculosis is still a threat to public health in the UK, and it affects children as well as adults. Nurses need to know what to look for and where to go for advice. According to TB nurse manager Margaret Ogedengbe, getting the message across that tuberculosis (TB) is still a real and present danger in the UK is tough, because many people simply don't believe it.

Journal - Table of Contents

Registered Nurse Journal, March/April 2017

15A. Editors note- Kimberley Kearsey: Baby steps
15B. President’s View -Carol Timmings: Nurses lead change through eHealth technologies
15C. CEO dispatch -Doris Grinspun: less talk, more action: Continuing our push for improved indigenous health
15D. Learning to let go [RN turned author Yvonne Heath helps others understand the importance of end-of-life planning
15E. Nursing in the News: Ontario nurses, midwives learn about health care in Guatemala; RN prescribing coming soon; Speaking out for oral health care; Nurses and other providers wear blue to raise awareness; Giving homes to those in need
15F. RNAO begins work on end-of-life BPG; Nursng researcher appointed to the Order of Ontario [Cheryl Forchuk]; RNAO welcomes new policy director [Lisa Levin, Director of nursing and health policy]
15G. Building Bridges [Nurses say making the transition from RPN to RN offers as many rewards as it does challenges
15H. Queen’s Park Day [RNAO’s political influence was evident at the association’s 17th annual Queen’s Park day, where all parties supported key policy initiatives]
15I. Former MPP takes on task of investigating patient complaints [For te first time ever, Onatarians have their criticisms of the health system accounted for – and addressed – by the province’s new patient ombudsman
15J. One year later [We follow up with a Syrian family and the sponsors who brought them to Canada to find out how they’re adjusting to their new home]
15K. Every action has an environmental effect [Nurses play a role in keeping our water clean by following the correct procedures to dispose of pharmaceutical waste]
15L. In the end: What nursing means to me….


16. Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Conference

Date: 28 Nov 2017
Venue: Brentwood Hotel, Wellington
Online registration:

News – National

17. Almost half of nurses feel unsafe at Capital and Coast DHB
Newshub – 1/9/2017

The latest staff survey at Capital and Coast DHB, obtained under the Official Information Act, shows nearly half of nurses and midwives feel unsafe and unsupported at work. Capital and Coast DHB serves a large part of the Wellington regions but its survey results are damning. Forty-eight percent of the 800 nurses and midwives who responded to the survey disagreed with the statement, "My workplace feels supportive and safe."

News - International

18. Study sparks call to change alcohol warning system
Sydney Morning Herald - September 4 2017
Warnings on alcoholic drinks  do little to change the behaviour of younger drinkers, an Australian study has found. Deakin University's Professor Peter Miller, who carried out the study, said the findings made it clear the current, optional warning system, overseen by the industry-funded body DrinkWise, was not working.

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