NZNO Library

NZNO Library Current Awareness Newsletter

Current NZNO members can:

  • Subscribe to get regular nursing, health and employment current awareness content from the NZNO Library.
  • Request copies of articles: There may be a limit on the number of articles that can be provided from any given journal, in order to adhere to copyright.

Everyone can:

  • Search the NZNO Library Current Awareness newsletter. To search, start typing in the Search box below and either:
    1. Choose from the entries that appear, or
    2. Click the magnifying glass to see all entries that match your search
    3. Scroll down to browse.
  • Browse the newsletter archives.

Issue 34 - Library e-newsletter - 11 Oct 2019

Books – Available from the NZNO library collection

These books are available for loan for a period of 4 weeks
We courier them out to you so please provide a physical address


1. Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand
Edited by Dianne Wepa
2nd edition, 2015
In this second edition of Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand, editor Dianne Wepa presents a range of theoretical and practice-based perspectives adopted by experienced educators who are active in cultural safety education. Thoroughly revised to incorporate the latest methods and research, this edition reflects updates in government policies and nursing practices, and features new chapters on ethical considerations when working cross-culturally, as well as the legislative requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

2. New Zealand’s ageing society: The implications
Peggy G Koopman-Boyden
Published 1993
New Zealand's Ageing Society: The Implications provides a careful analysis of demographic trends and a discussion of alternatives. The essays in the book offer physiological and psychological profiles of ageing, and study the aged on both a national and regional basis. They include a look at ageing from particular perspectives, those of Maori and women for example, and also explore such vexed questions as family, community support and superannuation.

3. Privacy Law in New Zealand
Stephen Penk & Rosemary Tobin
2nd edition, 2016
The new edition encompasses legislative, common law and policy developments since the first publication in 2010. These include the enactment of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, the common law establishment of an Intrusion Tort, and developments in the fast moving areas of reality television and new technologies.

4. Whistleblowing in the health service: Accountabilty, law & professional practice
Geoffrey Hunt
The harrowing descriptions of intimidation and personal costs suffered by well known whistleblowers such as Graham Pink and Helen Zeitlin (both of whom expressed their concern about nursing shortages) have put the fear of God into everyone else working in the NHS. Many trust employees are now "gagged" by confidentiality or conflict of interest statements in their contracts which threaten them with disciplinary action if they do not follow internal procedures for dealing with concerns about any aspect of their employment.

Articles – Shiftwork

5. Shift Work and Poor Mental Health: A Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Studies.
By Torquati, Luciana; Mielke, Gregore I.; Brown, Wendy J.; Burton, Nicola W. &
Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy L.
American Journal of Public Health. Nov2019, Vol. 109 Issue 11, pe13-e20. 8p.
DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305278
Shift work is characterized by employees working outside the standard hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Because shift work includes night work, the normal sleep–wake cycle (circadian rhythm) is disrupted, with potential consequences for shift workers' physical and mental health.

6. The Impact of Shift Work on Nurses' Quality of Sleep.
By Owens, Bethany.
ABNF Journal. Summer 2017, 28(3), 59-63.

Sleep and sleep quality are important to maintaining a healthy quality of life. Nurses that work long hour shifts, more importantly, consecutive shifts, often feel the effects of not acquiring enough sleep or enough quality sleep. This descriptive study explores shift work effects on sleeping patterns among nurses.

7. Rotating shift work and colorectal cancer among nurses and midwives: A cross-sectional study
Wickremaratne, Kalana., Strand, Haakan &  Zhao, Isabella
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 34(4), Jun/Aug 2017, 6-15

The main aim of this study was to explore any association between colorectal cancer (CRC) and rotating shift work in nurses and midwives. The secondary aim of this study was to identify risk factors for CRC in nurses and midwives who are rotating shift workers.

8. Shift work and fatigue: How to manage the risk
Ross, Andrew & McMurray, Stephan
The Proctor, 35(2), Mar 2015, 40-41

Practitioners advising businesses that employ shift workers should ensure their clients are aware of the workplace health and safety obligations that apply.

Articles –
Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Sept 2018


9.  NEM: A new paradigm for understanding the common origins of the chronic disease epidemic
Parker, Jim & Yeoh, Christabelle
Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
37(3), Sep 2018

Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (NEM) is a "Wellness Model" of health that attempts to optimise well-being through lifestyle-based approaches that focus on nutrition, environmental chemical exposures and psychological and social contributors to health.

10. Symptoms associated with 'round-up' exposure and work stressors: A case report
Chandler, Tracy
Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
37(3), Sep 2018

This case report describes the potential dangers of 'Round-Up' exposure. A review of the literature concerning human effects of 'Round-Up' exposure is presented. The complexity of interpreting these symptoms in the context of concomitant work stressors are also discussed. The application of nutritional and environmental medicine led to a dramatic and rapid improvement in symptoms.

Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, June 2018

11. Association of serum vitamin D concentrations with dietary patterns in children and adolescents
Ganji, Vijay; Martineau, Bernadette & Van Fleit, William Edmund
Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, 37 (2), Jun 2018

Because children have been advised on the dangers of sun exposure, diet is an important contributor of serum
25 hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations. Aim of this study was to determine whether serum 25(OH)D concentrations were associated with any specific dietary patterns in US children.

12. Alzheimer's disease - a nutritional and environmental perspective
Mehmet, Inanch
Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, June 2018

This is a case study on a 78 year old man with early Alzheimer's dementia (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). He was already seeing a geriatrician and put on an anticholinesterase inhibitor. He had no dietary or environmental interventions when he came to see me and was found to have high cholesterol, high homocysteine

Articles – The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, June 2019

13. Preventing Outpatient Health Care–associated Infections
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(6),  (Jun 2019), 400-404.

With the shift of care delivery from inpatient to outpatient settings, outpatient health care–associated infections are gaining attention, and experts are recommending that serious measures be taken to prevent them.

14. The Effect of Potential Climate Change on Infectious Disease Presentation
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners,15(6), (Jun 2019), 405-409
A changing climate may alter the expected patterns of infectious disease emergence in North America, requiring nurse practitioners to become familiar with these changes in infectious disease emergence in their local communities. This report reviews how potential climate change might affect seasonal patterns of infectious diseases, including the impact on the agents that cause them and alterations in host behaviors/the environment that may modify the pattern of infectious diseases locally.

15. Influenza: A Clinical Update Following a Century of Influenza Science
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(6), (Jun 2019), 429-433
Although influenza science has come a long way since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, influenza continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. This review provides current, evidence-based recommendations regarding influenza prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

16. Continued Vigilance is Required to Combat Vaccine-Preventable Disease and Deaths
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(6), (Jun 2019), A7-A8
In Rockford, New York, 161 cases (as of April 3) had been reported so far and lack of cooperation from infected individuals prompted the fairly drastic response of banning unvaccinated individuals under age 18 from public spaces.2 In response to the large outbreak in Washington, state legislation was introduced for the first time to protect all schoolchildren by disallowing parental use of personal or philosophical exemption.

Journal –The Dissector: Journal of the Perioperative Nurses College of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, September 2019, Volume 47, Number 2

17A. Editorial” The obesity epidemic
17B. Tabletalk: Time for reflection [Johanna McCarnish]
17C. News: Jale Bailey joins PNC conference speaker line-up; Surgico free paper award; Transpyloric shuttle for obese patients; MRI guided ultrasound – treatment for Alzheimer’s; Kazack man gets wirelessly powered heart pump
17D. Macular degeneration treated with viral delivery of gene into eye
17E. Regional reports: Auckland-Northland  special education sessions; PACU power day;
17F. Sterile or not sterile: That is the question
17G. Obesity, metabolic surgery outcomes
17H. Benefits of bariatric surgery : Reducing symptoms of type 2 diabetes with gastric bypass surgery on morbidly obese patients
17I. Dealing with DIVAs: Difficult intravenous access
17J. The operating room clinical liaison nurse role Christchurch Public Hospital


18. New Zealand Society for Oncology Conference 2019
The 51st annual scientific meeting
Date: 25 – 26 October 2019

19. Getting better with evidence: Experiences of putting evidence into practice
Co-hosted by the British Medical Journal, the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, the University of Auckland and the Health Quality & Safety Commission
Event start: 10 Dec 2019 9:00am – 5.30pm
Location: Auckland Medical Research Foundation Auditorium, Grafton Campus, University of Auckland
More information:

20. Open Forum with Helen Bevan, NHS Horizons
Event start
: 18 Nov 2019 9:00am – 4.30pm
Session one: How virtual collaboration can ignite improvement
Virtual collaboration is a key way we can achieve large scale improvements in the future
Session two: Scaling down AND scaling up
This session will follow an advanced improvement methodology which is being tested in multiple countries. It aims to achieve the combined goals of improving care or activating health for a large population of people (scaling up) in a way that feels highly personalised for each person (scaling down).
Venue: The Rydges, Wellington

21. Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa
Hui-A-Tau: “Ko Te huringa o Te Ao”
Date: 21 October 2019 – 23 October 2019
Venue: Tumatauenga Marae, Otiria
More information:

News – National

22. Pharmac confirms funding for three new drugs
Radio New Zealand - 7 October 2019
The government's drug-buying agency Pharmac has confirmed it will fund three new drugs for breast cancer, lung cancer and multiple sclerosis from 1 December. It means there will be funding for Kadcyla for some breast cancer patients, Alectinib - known commercially as Alecensa - for lung cancer, and ocrelizumab - known as Ocrevus - for multiple sclerosis.

23. Women denied treatment for gynaecological conditions
Radio New Zealand – 8 October 2019
Women are being turned away from Tauranga and Christchurch hospitals for treatment for "non-urgent" gynaecological conditions, as a clearer picture emerges of nationwide shortfalls in women's health care.

24. Third of vaping advisory group come from e-cigarette industry
A health advocacy group says it is a risk to have a third of the Government's vaping advisory group made up of representatives of the e-cigarette industry. The Electronic Cigarette Technical Expert Advisory Group was set up to discuss vaping product safety standards to be included in legislation to regulate the industry. Delayed legislation to regulate vaping is expected to come before Parliament by the end of the year. The group includes a vaping business owner, a purchaser of e-cigarettes for a retail store and the director of another vaping company.

25. New Zealand adults consume '40 percent more sodium' than recommended
Radio New Zealand- 5 October 2019
Data from 300 Auckland children aged between eight and 11 will focus on how much salt and potassium they consume. Dr Helen Eyles from the University of Auckland said very little was known about children's diets in New Zealand, with the most recent children's Nutritional Survey undertaken in 2002.

News – International

26. How to help people with cancer stop smoking
Helping people with cancer to stop smoking is vital because quitting improves health outcomes significantly. A recent study finds that nearly 46% of people with cancer quit smoking through a tailored tobacco treatment program
Medical News Today – 3 October 2019

26. Grief: The crack of a falling tree, the terrible loss – then the silence
Exactly one year ago, my wife was injured while we were enjoying a self-guided walking holiday in Sicily. We were walking through a section of national park. It is hard to not continually reflect on one's experience in this situation and one of the things I was most troubled and distressed by was the way in which we, as a society, communicate about death.

  • NZNO Library Current Awareness enquiry

    Note: You must be a current financial member of NZNO to request copies of articles.

    To activate the Enquiry Form enter your first name below, and then tap or click outside the box.

Archives, by date