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Issue 33 - Library e-newsletter 29 Sept 2017

Articles - Contemporary Nurse

1. Use of a screening tool and primary health care gerontology nurse specialist for high-needs older people
Anna King, Michal Boyd & Lynelle Dagley
Contemporary Nurse, Vol. 53, 2017, 23-35
To describe implementation of an innovative gerontology nurse specialist role within one primary health organisation in Auckland, New Zealand. The intervention involved use of the Brief Risk Identification for Geriatric Health Tool (BRIGHT) to identify high-needs older people with subsequent comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) performed by the gerontology nurse specialist.

2. The use of spirituality and religiosity in coping with colorectal cancer
Nazi Nejat, Lisa Whitehead & Marie Crowe
Contemporary Nurse 2017, Vol. 53 (1), 48-59
: To explore and compare the use of spirituality and religiosity in coping with colorectal cancer in New Zealand and Iran.A cross-sectional qualitative approach involving interviews conducted in New Zealand (n = 20) and Iran (n = 20). The majority of participants interviewed used religion as a resource in coping with cancer.

3. The palliative care experiences of adults living in regional and remote areas of Australia: A literature review
Melissa Jansson, Kathleen Dixon & Deborah Hatcher
Contemporary Nurse 2017, Vol. 53 (1), 94-104
: Regional and remote areas are often disadvantaged in terms of access to palliative care services. The impact of reduced access to services on people living in regional or remote areas of Australia is poorly understood. Identify and examine current literature relating to the palliative care experiences of adults living in regional and remote areas of Australia.

4. Strategies to improve self-management in heart failure patients
Mehnosh Toback & Nancy Clark
Contemporary Nurse 2017, Vol. 53 (1), 105-120
: Heart failure is one of the most common causes of hospitalization, hospital readmission and death. Patients with heart failure have many complications, with multiple co-existing diagnoses which result in polypharmacy. This article reviews the available studies on heart failure self-management, and investigate educational, behavioral and psychosocial strategies that plays an important role to improve patient self-management.

5. The essence of helping: significant others and nurses in action draw men into nursing
Dianne Juliff, Kylie Russell & Caroline Bulsara
Contemporary Nurse 2017, Vol. 53(2), 156-166
: Nurses are ageing placing nursing workforce sustainability under threat. An untapped potential resource of men in nursing exists within Australia. Objective: The aim of the first phase of this longitudinal study was to investigate why men choose.

6. The functions and roles of questioning during nursing handovers in specialty settings: an ethnographic study
Sascha Rixon, Sandra Braaf, Allison Williams, Danny Liew & Elizabeth Manias
Contemporary Nurse 2017, Vol. 53(2), 182-195
: Nursing handovers are an important component of patient safety and quality in communicating across transitions of care. Objectives: To determine the functions and roles of questions in nursing handovers, and of how questions contribute to handover quality improvement in specialty settings of an Australian tertiary hospital.

7. Transforming care in nursing: a concept analysis
Mónica Vázquez-Calatayud, Cristina Oroviogoicoechea, Maribel Saracibar & María J. Pumar-Méndez
Contemporary Nurse 2017, Vol. 53(2), 217-234
: Although the concept of ‘Transforming care’ is promising for improving health care, there is no consensus in the field as to its definition. The aim of this concept analysis is to develop a deeper understanding of the term ‘Transforming care’ within the nursing discipline, in order to facilitate its comprehension, implementation, and evaluation

Articles – Empathy

8. Nurse empathy and the care of people with dementia
Digby, Robin, RN, MN; Williams, Allison, RN PhD M Nurs BAppSci (AdvNurs; Lee, Susan, PhD, MBioeth, BAppSci (Nsg Ed).
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing; Melbourne (Sep-Nov 2016): 52-59
: Empathy is widely accepted as an essential nursing attribute yet the relationship between nurse empathy and the care of people with dementia in the hospital setting has rarely been explored. A number of themes have emerged from the relevant literature regarding the influences which shape a nurse's ability to deliver empathetic care to this patient cohort.

9. Relationship Between Empathy and Well-Being Among Emergency Nurses
Bourgault, Patricia; Lavoie, Stephan; Paul-Savoie, Emilie; Grégoire, Maryse; Michaud, Cécile; et al.
Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN; Philadelphia (Jul 2015): 323-328.
: A large number of patients who are in pain upon arriving at the emergency department are still in pain when they are discharged. It is suggested that nurses' personal traits and their level of empathy can explain in part this issue in pain management. The purpose of this study was to better understand the shortfalls in pain management provided by emergency nurses by considering nurses' characteristics.

10. Men, women...who cares? A population-based study on sex differences and gender roles in empathy and moral cognition
Baez, Sandra; Flichtentrei, Daniel; Prats, María; Mastandueno, Ricardo; García, Adolfo M; et al.
PLoS One; San Francisco (Jun 2017).
: Research on sex differences in empathy has revealed mixed findings. Whereas experimental and neuropsychological measures show no consistent sex effect, self-report data consistently indicates greater empathy in women. To elucidate the issue, we conducted two large-scale studies. First, we examined whether sex differences emerge in a large population-based sample (n = 10,802) when empathy is measured with an experimental empathy-for-pain paradigm.

11. Do Adults with High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome Differ in Empathy and Emotion Recognition?
Montgomery, Charlotte B; Allison, Carrie; Lai, Meng-chuan; Cassidy, Sarah; Langdon, Peter E; et al.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders; New York (Jun 2016): 1931-1940.
: The present study examined whether adults with high functioning autism (HFA) showed greater difficulties in (1) their self-reported ability to empathise with others and/or (2) their ability to read mental states in others' eyes than adults with Asperger syndrome (AS). The Empathy Quotient (EQ) and 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes' Test (Eyes Test) were compared in 43 adults with AS and 43 adults with HFA.

Journal - Table of Contents

The Tube: NZNO Gastroenterology Nurses’ College, Volume 44, Issue 5, May 2017

12A. Chairperson’s Report
12B. Editor’s Report
12C. Olympus corner [Thermal, mechanical or injection haemostasis?; New prototype scopes showcased at SIES]
12D. Endoscopic ultrasound – Axios stent
12E. Sessile serrated polyps
12F. Viekira Pak/Viekira Pak RBV: Simple, not always easy [Patients with chronic hepatitis C]
12G. National conference report 2016: Complications of liver disease
12H. Liver failure and the endoscopy interface
12I. Conference Report 2016 [Sherry Sharp, RN, Gastroenterology Services, Hawkes Bay DHB]
12J. Writing guidelines for The Tube
12K. Gastroenterology units in New Zealand [Contact details]


13. Breast Cancer Summit
Breast Cancer Cure, in association with the University of Auckland
Date: 13 October 2017
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland
More information:

14. Health and Disability Commissioner Conference 2017
Consent, Culture, and the Consumer Experience
Date: 13 November 2017
Venue: Te Papa, Wellington
Register your advanced interest: Niki Wright on (04) 494 7914 or email

News – National

15. Jake Bailey: Alternative medicine can be a death sentence
NZ Herald, 28 Sep, 2017 8:25am
My chemotherapy in 2015 and 2016 left me with something called 'peripheral neuropathy', a fancy term for nerve damage in my legs. Chemotherapy works on the principle of killing things that are growing in your body (preferably the cancer, but also stuff like hair), and unfortunately nerves fall into that category.

16. Staffing issues affecting safe practice - South Akl nurses say
From Checkpoint, 5:10 pm on 28 September 2017
A survey obtained by Checkpoint with John Campbell says 98 percent of 272 nurses at Counties Manukau DHB say they have experienced short-staffing and 93 percent felt they had reached the limits of safe practice.

News – International

17. Nurses so overworked they are forced to leave patients to die alone, survey finds
The Telegraph, 29 September 2017
Hospital patients are being left to die alone, as nurses try to look after 14 cases at a time, a new report warns. The Royal College of Nursing said staff were left sobbing and “heartbroken” by “soul-destroying” neglect of the vulnerable, with seven in ten reporting shortages of staff on their last shift.

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