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Issue 31 Library e-newsletter - 14 Sept 2017

Quiz: Can you get these Māori place names right?

Do you know your Taupō from your Whangārei?
Test how well you can get your tongue around te reo place names in our quiz.

Articles – Critical Thinking

1. Describing self-reported assessments of critical thinking among practicing medical-surgical registered nurses
Turkel, Marian C.|
MEDSURG Nursing, Jul/Aug 2016; 25(4): 244-250. 7p
: The article presents a research study published to present the critical-thinking process in practicing medical-surgical registered nurses (RNs) through self-reporting. Topics covered include the highlights of previous research articles relating to critical thinking, critical reasoning, and nurse thought, details relating to the Critical Thinking Diagnostic tool used in the study, and the need for all nurses to develop critical-thinking skills for job satisfaction and improved patient outcomes.

2. Critical thinking in community nursing: is this the 7th C?
Ritchie, Georgina & Smith, Charlotte
British Journal of Community Nursing; Dec 2015; v.20. n.12, 578-579. 2p
The author discusses the need to implement the concept of the 7th C within daily practice to continue improving patient care. She notes that the addition of a 7th C which focuses on critical thinking skills could help nurses in going beyond just following policies and procedures to embracing wider critical thinking skills. She cites the potential of community nurses to take forward the concept of critical thinking or 7th C as they deliver complex clinical care outside of hospital environment.

3. Teaching techniques: can critical-thinking skills be taught?
Panettieri, Regina C.
Radiologic Technology, Jul/Aug 2015; 86(6): 686-688. 3p.
: Critical thinking is fundamental to achieving the primary goals of the radiologic sciences. Critical thinking is not a technique or method to be learned, but rather a process or frame of mind that includes cognitive and affective domains of reasoning.

4. Developing a Nursing IQ-Part 1 Characteristics of critical thinking: What critical thinkers do, what critical thinkers do not do.
ISNA Bulletin, Nov 2014; 41(1): 6-14. 9p
This independent study has been developed to provide nurses with an overview and introduction the characteristics of critical thinking. We will examine things that critical thinkers routinely do versus things that prevent critical thinking.

Articles – Nursing Assessment

5. Technology and the issues facing nursing assessment
Ansell, Helen; Meyer, Alannah; Thompson, Shona
British Journal of Nursing, 9/24/2015; 24(17): 886-889. 4p
: This article describes an investigation into the use of technology and the issues nurses face undertaking nursing assessment. It reports qualitative, descriptive research involving interviews with ten ward nurses from three hospitals in New Zealand. Thematic analysis of the data revealed three key issues: the impact of technology, the influence of early warning systems and nurse autonomy.

6. 'I' for infection: Preventing local wound bed infection: A holistic approach to nursing assessment and management
Hewish, Julie
Dermatological Nursing, Dec 2014; 13(4): 10-15. 6p
: The effective diagnosis of wound bed colonisation and the timely implementation of appropriate treatment is a challenging issue within clinical practice. Early recognition along with prompt, appropriate and effective wound bed preparation and management is considered paramount in optimising patient outcomes, while maximising resource management within practice. This article explores the risk factors to wound infection, key methods to aid a timely diagnosis and explores management strategies to prevent unnecessary patient and wound deterioration.

7. Long term conditions in general practice Part 1: An introduction to management
Archer, Lucy
Practice Nurse, Mar 2017; 47(3): 8-14. 5p.
: The article offers information about the along term condition (LTC), a health problem that cannot be cured and which the individual will have throughout their life. The symptoms and progression of the condition can be controlled through medical management and lifestyle interventions. The prevalence of LTCS is linked to lifestyle factors.

8. Long term conditions in general practice Part 2: Patient management
Archer, Lucy.
Practice Nurse. Apr 2017, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p10-13. 4p.
The article discusses clinical assessment and management of patients with long-term health conditions by nurse practitioners in a general practice setting. Topics explored include the necessity of annual review of medications, lifestyle, and symptoms of these patients, importance of collaboration between patient and clinician on self-management and health education, and the monitoring of the patient's blood pressure, temperature, and other vital signs.

Articles – Digital Health/Health Innovation

9. Patient auto check in system: Accelerating medical patient management
Victoria University of Wellington staff have developed a software allowing patients of a medical practice to autonomously check in for appointments, reducing waiting times and staff workload
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10. Synergistic antibiotics for gram negative bacteria
Victoria University of Wellington researchers have developed synergistic antibiotic compounds that eliminate Gram negative bacteria resistant to current antibiotic compounds
Read more:

11. EDs to use digital health to improve patient outcomes
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal
May 2017, Vol. 24 Issue 10, p6-6. 2/3p.
: The article focuses on a speech by Doctor Megan Ranney, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Emergency Digital Health Innovation program at Brown University in the U.S. at the Digital Health Summit in Melbourne, Victoria in April 2017 wherein she told delegates that emergency departments (ED) should use digital health to streamline care and improve outcomes.

Journal - Table of Contents

Primary Health Care: The RCN Community Health Nursing Journal, July 2017

12A. Editorial: Time for general practice nurses to be NHS employed?
12B. News: Janet Davies leads NHS action call after the general election; Vacancies at all-time high in Scotland; Nurses urged to engage with STPs; Cuts to funding risk children’s health; RCN guide aims to help nursing staff fight horror of modern-day slavery
12C. Addressing the weighty issue of child and adolescent obesity; Championing a healthier lifestyle
12D. Clinical Update: Meningitis and septicaemia vaccinations
12E. Journal scan: Factors influencing the decision to attend screening; Behavioural approaches to weight loss do work; Public health nurses’ views of postnatal anxiety
12F. Noticeboard – Conferences: QNI Healthcare in the Community Conference 2017; Presentation on addressing homelessness (Manchester)
12G. Research focus: Physician Associates and GPs in primary care; Physician associate and general practitioner consultations: a comparative observational video study
12H. Opinion: Nurses can influence prescribing antibiotics
12I. Web Reviews: Online support groups for eating disorders; UK standards for inhaler technique; An invaluable friend-Assistance dogs can cut the cost of care considerably
12J. Dare to dream [Jane Scullion, respiratory nurse consultant and published children’s author]
12K. A guiding light in end of life care [RCNi Community Nursing Award 2017 finalist Gilly Barringer]
12L. Wound Management: Using electroceutical treatment to reduce symptoms and improve healing in chronic wounds
12M. Community engagement: what the NICE guidance means for community practitioners
12N. A guide to recognising and diagnosing suspected food allergy in children
12O. Contributing to the journal: Author guidelines

Conferences & Workshops

13. Children’s workshop for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori — Māori Language Week
Join us at the National Library to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Come learn about Māori atua and their awesome powers through the creation myth Papatuanuku and Ranginui, listen to stories in te reo Māori and English and then decorate your own mask to take home
Date: Saturday, 16 September, 2017
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, Cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets
Contact Details: For information please contact

14. Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Conference
Association of emergency care training providers Inc.

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

News – National

15. Election Information
2017 NZ General Election advice for NZNO members (PDF, 116KB)
2017 NZ General Election NZNO policy comparison chart (PDF, 261KB)

16. Death after hospital discharge: Animals are treated better, says angry mum
NZ Herald - 8 Sep, 2017

The mother of an alcoholic man who died two days afters being dumped at a bus stop by Christchurch Hospital staff says animals are treated better. In a report released on Thursday, Coroner Michael Robb criticised the hospital for its treatment of 47-year-old Neil David Jones, who died in October, 2013.

17. Household mould could lead to asthma in children, new research says
TVNZ – 8/9/2017

Half of New Zealand homes have mould in them and new research shows a link between this and asthma in children. A study carried out by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, shows that mould makes asthma worse but can also lead to the development of a first asthma attack in young children. The study, published on Wednesday in the international journal Indoor Air, was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

18. Suspended for peeking at dead patient's genitals
ODT - Friday, 8 September 2017

Five nurses in Denver, Colorado, have been suspended after being caught opening a body bag to view the deceased patient's genitals. The nurses have been suspended for three weeks, a hospital spokesperson said.

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