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Issue 14 Library e-newsletter 14 May 2019


1. Nurses and politics: The impact of power and practice
Chris Hart
Published 2004
This book has sections on violence, stress, bullying, whistle-blowing, student nurses, education and training

2. Life support: Three nurses on the front lines
Suzanne Gordon; Foreword by Claire M. Fagin
Published Cornell paperbacks, 2007
In this book, Suzanne Gordon describes the everyday work of three RNs in Boston—a nurse practitioner, an oncology nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist on a medical unit. At a time when nursing is often undervalued and nurses themselves in short supply, Life Support provides a vivid, engaging, and intimate portrait of health care's largest profession and the important role it plays in patients' lives.

3. Transitions in nursing: Preparing for professional practice
Esther Chang & John Daly
4th edition, 2016
This fourth edition is restructured into three sections: From Student to Graduate; Skills for Dealing with the World of Work; and Organisational Environments Themes addressed in the text include: learning to work in teams; understanding organisational structure; stress management for nurses; communication with patients and families; and professional development strategies

4. Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground
Mary Elizabeth O’Brien
Sixth edition, 2018
The text focuses on relevant topics in contemporary nursing such as the spiritual history of nursing, assessment of patient's spiritual needs, the nurse's role in spiritual care as well as the nurse patient relationship and spiritual needs.

Articles – Medicinal Cannabis

5. What is medicinal cannabis?
Michelle Glass, John C Ashton
NZ Medical Journal,  3rd May 2019, Vol. 132 No. 1494
t: If we are going to ask doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis, shouldn’t it meet the same safety and efficacy standards as other medicines? This article asks why we are inventing a whole new definition of a medicine just for cannabis.

6. The effects and impact of second-hand cannabis smoke exposure on nurses working in the community.
By Iglesias, Miguel A.; Pertile, Joy; Molloy, Luke & Chan, Alex.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Oct-Dec 2018, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p20-23. 4p
t: This article explores the work, health and safety risks that may be associated with the exposure of nurses to second-hand cannabis smoke while working in the community. Emerging evidence suggests the benefits of cannabis in the treatment of several chronic and terminal illnesses. This has led to some countries, like Australia, decriminalising or legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

7. Medical Cannabis: The oncology nurse's role in patient education about the effects of marijuana on cancer palliation.
By Clark, Carey S.
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. Feb 2018, Vol. 22 Issue 1, pE1-E6. 6p
: This article aims to discuss the human endocannabinoid system as a basis for better understanding the palliative and curative nature of cannabis as a medicine, as well as review cannabis delivery methods and the emerging role of the oncology nurse in this realm.

8. Understanding Medicinal Cannabis in Cancer Care.
Pirschel, Chris.
ONS Voice. Jan2018, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p18-22. 5p.
: The article offers information on medicinal cannabis use in cancer care and suggested by healthcare professionals to the patients as it contains compound tetrahydrocannabinol which helps to reduce the pain and cramps. Topics discussed include oncology nurses need to start with the basic at molecular level to recognize the physiology of how cannabis works in the body; the views of Carey S. Clark, professor at University of Maine, on human endocannabinoid system; and cannabinoid receptors.

9. Addressing the Conflicts of Interest of Public Officials and Employees: Lessons From Cannabis Legalization
By McCoy, Matthew S.
American Journal of Public Health. Mar 2019, Vol. 109 Issue 3, p350-351. 2p
t: The author discusses the regulatory challenges associated with addressing conflicts of interest (COIs) of public officials and employees responsible for overseeing and licensing the sale of cannabis in states that have legalized cannabis for recreational and medical purposes.

10. 10 things you should know about CANNABIS.
Nutrition Action Health Letter. Mar 2019, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p9-11. 3p
: The article discusses 10 important facts to know about cannabis, which refers to marijuana and hemp. A National Academy of Medicine panel drew around 100 conclusions on the health impacts of cannabis in 2017

11. Cannabis for Chronic Pain: Not Ready for Prime Time.
By Carr, Daniel & Schatman, Michael.
American Journal of Public Health. Jan 2019, Vol. 109 Issue 1, p50-51. 2p
: An editorial is presented which addresses the use of cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat chronic pain, and it mentions how cannabis is also used to manage nausea, glaucoma, seizures, and anorexia. California's Compassionate Use Act is addressed, along with other state cannabis laws, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, cannabidiol (CBD), and the safety profile of cannabis.

Articles – Journal of Perioperative Nursing, Summer 2018

12. Current opinion about surgery-related fear and anxiety
Ralph, Nicholas; Norris, Philip
Journal of Perioperative Nursing, Vol. 31 Issue 4 (2018), 5-6
t: Undergoing a surgical procedure is a major life event for many and can lead to stressors such as heightened fear and associated anxiety. The fear of undergoing surgery or an invasive medical procedure is correctly termed ‘tomophobia’ and lifetime prevalence is estimated at 12.8 per cent.

13. The impact of obesity surgery on psychosocial health
Taze, Sibel; Gumuskaya, Oya; Taskin, Mustafa
Journal of Perioperative Nursing, Vol. 31 Issue 4 (2018), 11-15
t: This qualitative study focused on determining the experience of patients who underwent bariatric surgery and the psychosocial impact of it on their daily lives and provides nurses with detailed information regarding patients' experience. While some of these outcomes were in line with the literature, they have also revealed new aspects and provided deeper understanding regarding individuals' experiences.

14. Perioperative handover using ISBAR at two sites: A quality improvement project
Kitney, Patricia; Bramley, David; Tam, Raymond; Simons, Koen
Journal of Perioperative Nursing, Vol. 31 Issue 4 (2018), 17-25
: The use of ISBAR handover principles assists in enabling the provision of best care to perioperative patients. Reviews of post-operative handover research studies confirm the positive association between the quality of handovers and the decrease in adverse patient events.

15. Pressure injury prevention in the perioperative setting: An integrative review
Wang, Isabel; Walker, Rachel; Gillespie, Brigid M
Journal of Perioperative Nursing, Vol. 31 Issue 4 (2018), 27-35
: To identify the key perioperative PIP strategies, following a systematic review of published research, to describe existing gaps in the literature, and to inform the development of subsequent observational study
16. Using the ACORN standards: An exploration of claims, concerns and issues.
Williams, Carollyn; Duff, Jed; Nicholson, Pat; Hamlin, Lois; Gillespie, Brigid M
Journal of Perioperative Nursing, Vol. 31 Issue 4 (2018), 37-41.
t: An interactive action research workshop was offered during the ACORN and ASIORNA Conference which was held in Adelaide in 2018. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the research evidence supporting ACORN's Standards for 'Perioperative Nursing in Australia', to identify gaps in the evidence related to standards and to explore challenges associated with the implementation of standards in clinical practice

Articles – Ethics/Code of Conduct

17. Ethics education in nursing: Challenges for nurse educators
Song, Jenny
Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, Vol. 9, No. 1, Sep 2018: 12-17
t: The aim of this research was to explore the experiences of a group of nurse educators responsible for teaching ethics to undergraduate nursing students, and to discuss the ethical challenges they encountered in their classroom practice.

18. Code of conduct
Ritchie, Lorraine
Outlet: New Zealand Stomal Therapy Nurses, Mar 2018: 19
t: As part of this role, the Nursing Council of NZ published the Code of Conduct for Nurses and Professional Boundaries Guidelines in 2012. These documents set out professional expectations of the nursing profession and are intended to assist nurses in how to behave in certain situations in their workplace, whether that be in a hospital, the community or in consumers' homes. The guidelines are also about maintaining appropriate professional relationships with consumers.

19. The ethics of cruelty
Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, Vol. 25, No. 5, Nov 2017: 34
: Cruelty punctuates our everyday lives in different ways and contexts – at home, at school, in the workplace. It is perhaps not until the actual word ‘cruelty’ makes the headlines that we are given pause for thought and an opportunity to reflect more deeply on how we should think about and respond to cruelty – what it is and why it is morally wrong.

20. Ethics, evidence and the anti-vaccination debate
Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, Vol. 24, No. 8, Mar 2017: 27
: In this statement the NMBA made clear its expectation that, when providing advice on immunisation, nurses and midwives have a fundamental responsibility to make use of 'the best available evidence' and to uphold their respective profession's code of conduct and code of ethics

Journal - Table of Contents

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, Vol. 2, No. 6, Apr-June 2019

21A. Editorial: Its important that we don’t let politicians off the hook this federal election
21B. News bites: Evidence in support of midday napping; Videos launched to help patients and practitioners during notifications; Exercise to shift body clock; Seven to 13 alcoholic drinks a week linked with high BP; Nationwide political protests to change the rules; ANMF takes a stand at Aged care Royal Commission
21C. No place for political spin… Why the medevac bill matters
21D. ANMF calls on political parties to commit to priorities [The union’s priorities leading up to the federal election in May]
21E. Mentoring matters [Mentoring in nursing and midwifery offers meaningful rewards for both parties]
21F. Blowing the whistle [What drives nurses and midwives to turn whistleblower and report wrongdoing outside their organisation?]
21G. The Aged Care Royal Commission: What does it mean for the ANMF?
21H. Seasonal influenza immunisation for older adults in Australia: vaccine options for 2019
21I. A hospital is the place to heal a ravaged body, but what about a wounded spirit?
21J. Anaphylaxis [CPD extract from ANMF’s Continuing Professional Education (CPE) website describes what anaphylaxis is as well as its causes and symptoms]
21K. MBS changes proposed for nurse practitioners
21L. Avoiding an avoidable adverse outcome [Working with patients who have a high or imminent risk of suicide]
21M. Nurses in politics: Advocacy and leadership
21N. Persona reflection on conducting nursing research in a regional emergency department
21O. Leaders in person-centred care through practice and research
21P. International Nurses’ Day 12 May 2019 [Celebrating nurse-led models of care]
21Q. Nurse practitioners filling in gaps in care delivery
21R. International day of the midwife 5 May 2019 [Defenders of women’s rights]
21S. ANZAC Day [Celebrating Australian WW1 nurses: but do weapon manufacturers funding the Australian War memorial preserve their honour?]
21T. Community Health: WACHS Kimberley population health graduate nurse program; A nursing workforce education program to support Australia’s Hepatitis C elimination goal; Key findings for community health to create a positive ageing experience; The future of chronic disease management is her… we just need to fund it
21U. Mental Health: Mental health risk assessment – who decides?; Cross disciplinary knowledge transfer – the experience of student to RN; Experts by experience sharing personal knowledge to enhance the learning of undergraduate nursing students; Should there be a separate emergency department for clients with mental illness; Youth the focus of new model of care; Preventing refugee and asylum seeker suicide; Borderline personality disorder – carers need compassion and coloration when seeking emergency care for their loved one
21V. Drugs & Alcohol: The alcohol harm paradox – rethinking the factors that cause harm; Driven to drink – Australian-first study sheds more light on factors influencing youth drinking; Opioids and benzodiazepines – the risk of death; Exploring undergraduate nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes of the management of patients with a drug and/or alcohol substance use disorder – An Australian perspective


22. Quality Improvement Scientific Symposium 2019
Date: 10 Oct 2019
Venue: Te Papa
More information:

23. SOCCON 2019: New Zealand Social Sciences Conference
Theme: ‘A Sense of Place’
Date: 30 Sept – 2 October 2019
Venue: Waipuna Hotel
More information:

News – National

24. Game of Chairs
NZ Doctor – 10 May 2019
Kate Baddock takes New Zealand Doctor reporter Alan Perrott through her life as a kitten whisperer, stage protégée, boys’ school dux and boarding-house mother, to actual mother, chair of everything and, most proudly of all, a rural GP

25. Call for investigation over attempt to remove baby from hospital
An attempt to remove a baby from a teenage mother at Hawke's Bay Hospital last week needs to be investigated independently, a health board member says. The hospital was put into lockdown after a stand-off between midwives, social workers and police, as they tried to take a newborn baby from its 19-year-old mother due to family violence concern.

News – International

26. Common food additive found to affect gut microbiota: Titanium dioxide nanoparticles E171 may impact human health
University of Sydney, May 13, 2019
Experts call for better regulation of a common additive in foods and medicine, as research reveals it can impact the gut microbiota and contribute to inflammation in the colon, which could trigger diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer.

27. The x-ray factor revolutionising the way dancers deal with back pain
Sydney Morning Herald – 10 May 2019
“It’s a vicious cycle. If you’re convinced pain equals damage, you get more pain, so you think you’re getting more damage, so your brain gives you more pain, so you think you’re getting even more damage,” says Professor Lorimer Moseley, a world-leading pain neuroscientist based at the University of South Australia

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