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Issue 38 Library e-newsletter - 26 November 2019

Articles –  Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, Jun/Aug 2019

1. Workplace environment for nurses and healthcare assistants in residential aged care facilities in New Zealand
Kussmaul, Joerg., Peri, Kathy & Boyd, Michal
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36(4), Jun/Aug 2019

Continuous work under environmental and thermal discomfort such as cold, heat, and dim light has the potential to affect the health of nurses and healthcare assistants working in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF). The resulting health issues to workers from exposure to thermal discomfort include fatigue, concentration difficulty and work-related diseases such as cold and muscle tensions.

2. Evaluating the efficacy and impact of the nursing and midwifery exchange program: A study protocol
Byrne, Amy-Louise; Harvey, Clare; Baldwin, Adele; Heritage, Brody; Chamberlain, Diane & Wood, Elspeth
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36(4), Jun/Aug 2019

The following research protocol evaluates the Queensland Health Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program (NMEP) and evaluates how exposure to diverse clinical settings, may impact the nursing and midwifery workforce on individual and organisational levels.

3. Pressure injury point prevalence: State-wide survey to identify variability in western Australian hospitals
Ferguson, Chantal; Crouchley, Kathryn; Mason, Louise; Prentice, Jenny & Ling, Amanda
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36(4), Jun/Aug 2019

A point prevalence survey was conducted across Western Australia to monitor adherence to national safety and quality health service standards, and to create baseline data on which to improve. The study identified significant areas for targeted interventions.

4. Side effects of chemotherapy in children with cancer: Effects of nursing training administered to caregivers
Uzun, Zeynep & Kucuk, Sibel
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, Vol. 36 Issue 4, Jun/Aug 2019

The present study aimed to assess the consequences of providing nursing training to caregivers of children with cancer on the side effects associated with chemotherapy.

5. Exploring life history methodology in chronic illness: A study in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis
Burke, Therese & Patching, Joanna

Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36(4), Jun/Aug 2019
The aim of this study was to gain insights into the lived experience of a chronic disease, Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). Selecting the most effective methodology to reflect the life span proved challenging. However, the life history approach proved to be a data-rich methodology for this study and is explored in detail in this paper as a qualitative nursing tool.

Articles – Palliative Care

6. What does palliative care look like in a New Zealand aged residential care facility when patients are admitted to die?
Eileen M McKinlay, Serena V Moran, Sonya J Morgan, Pakize Sari, Jill M Kerridge, Susan RH Pullon
New Zealand Medical Journal, 8th November 2019, 132(1505), 14-28

Increasing numbers of people in New Zealand are admitted-to-die (die within three months of admission) in aged residential care (ARC) facilities, including those under 65 years. These patients appear to be coming mainly from public hospitals and hospices. The public hospital environment is considered inappropriate and costly for those dying over weeks to months of incurable illness, and hospice capacity is increasingly strained.

7. Compassion from a palliative care perspective
Antonio Fernando, Conor Rea & Phillipa Malpas
New Zealand Medical Journal, 19th January 2018, 131(1468), 25-32

Even though compassion is crucial and central to medical care, it is poorly researched. Our goal was to understand patients’ experiences of compassion and lack of compassion so that we can inform doctors and nurses what compassion is and is not from a dying patient’s perspective.

8. Palliative Care and Moral Distress: An Institutional Survey of Critical Care Nurses.
Wolf, Alexander T.
Critical Care Nurse, Oct 2019; 39(5), 38-49

The need for palliative care in the intensive care unit is increasing. Whether gaps and variations in palliative care education and use are associated with moral distress among critical care nurses is unknown. Objectives: To examine critical care nurses' perceived knowledge of palliative care, their recent experiences of moral distress, and possible relationships between these variables.

9. Choosing, Challenging, Stabilizing, and Fulfilling: The Experiences of Palliative Care at Home as Perceived by Family Caregivers.
Jia-Jing SUN; Hui-Lin SUN; Chun-Ting HSIAO; Yu-Mei JENG & Tsui-Yao LIU
Journal of Nursing, Oct 2019. 66(5), 53-63

Although the Taiwan government has subsidized the provision of palliative care at home since 2000, the utilization rate of this service has been low. Purpose: The purpose of this research is to explore the experiences of palliative care at home as perceived by family caregivers.

Articles: Staffing – Aged Care Facilities

10. Fewer RNs leads to more aggression and loneliness: A decline in the number of RNs in aged care facilities is having a significant negative impact on people living with dementia, an NSWNMA report has found.
Lamp, Jun 2019, 76(5), 16-16.

The article discusses a 2019 New South Wales Nurses and Midwives' Association (NSWNMA) report which focused on effects of the declining number of registered nurses in Australian residential aged care facilities (RACF). Topics explored include the link between RACF staff shortage and risk of abuse of RACF residents, the increase in aggression and loneliness among residents with dementia, and the need to improve staff education on caring for patients with dementia.

Who cares? Dementia Care in NSW Residential Aged Care Facilities: Report on the NSWNMA 2019 Aged Care Survey: Part Two
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11. The Aged Care Royal Commission: What does it mean for the ANMF?
By Wischer, Kristen.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Apr-Jun 2019, 26(6), 17-17

The article discusses the opportunity given the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Associaton (ANMF) to join the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety's inquiry to identify and address aged care sector issues in 2019. Topics covered include the ANMF's researches on and campaigns for mandated staffing and skills mix in residential aged care, and the Royal Commission's comprehensive approach on aged care delivery.

12. Clinical Update: ANMF’s aged care staffing and skill mix project
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Apr 2017, 24(9), 28-33

The article discusses the highlights of the "National Aged Care Staffing and Skills Mix Project Report 2016 - Meetings residents' care needs: A study of the requirement for nursing and personal care staff" published by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Topics covered include ANMF's involvement in the National Aged Care Staffing and Skills Mix Project, the need to change the care and services for older people, and the evaluated profiles of residents in aged care facilities.

Articles – Cultural Safety

13. The cultural safety gap: Experiences of NSW culturally and linguistically diverse nurses and midwives
NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association: Professional Issues 8

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association invited members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to complete a voluntary survey about their experiences working in Australian healthcare settings. Several studies have examined the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people receiving healthcare services, but much less is known about the experiences of those employed in healthcare settings. This report aims to open up the conversation and seek solutions.
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14. Cultural immersion and the development of cultural sensitivity
Seymour, Laura
Australian Midwifery News, 18(4), Dec 2018, 39-41

In Australia we live in a culturally diverse community. In 2016 310,247 women gave birth in Australia, 35% of the women who gave birth were themselves born in another country, and the vast majority of those women were born in a country whose first language was not English (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2018. It is critical midwives are equipped with the skills to provide this care from the commencement of their education process, through embedding cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and cultural safety education into midwifery courses.

Journal - Table of Contents

The Tube: NZNO Gastroenterology Nurses College, November 2019

15A. Chairperson’s Report [The yearly Leaders and Managers day 16 August 2019]
15B. Unconfirmed minutes of the annual general meeting of the NZNO Gastroenterology Nurses College
15C. The 41st Enrolled Nurse Section conference held in Hamilton [The challenge of change]
15D. Transanal endoscopic surgery [Talk by Assoc. Prof. Tim Eglinton to the Gastro Nurses Forum Christchurch]
15E. Camp Purple Live, Living Springs, Christchurch. [A camp setup by Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand in 2015]
15F. My reflection of the 2019 GENCA National Conference
15G. Gastroenterology units in New Zealand [Contact details]


16. NZNO Medico-Legal Forums
Scope of Practice’ - what is that exactly and why as regulated health professionals do we have or need a scope of practice?
Dates: February and March 2020
Venue: Various centres around New Zealand
More information:

17. Goodfellow Symposium
“Skills for next Monday”
Date: March 28-29 2020
Venue: Vodafone Events Centre
More Information:

News – National

18. Sunblock Testing – Consumer New Zealand
Nearly half the sunscreens in our latest test didn’t provide the claimed protection. A further three products failed the broad spectrum requirement.

19. The rise of syphilis in NZ: The worst STI hot-spots as disease make a comeback
Stuff - Nov 15 2019
Syphilis is a contagious sexually transmitted infection that's diagnosed by a specific blood test and treated using penicillin. It's been around for a long time, but in recent years, it's made quite a comeback around the world.

News – International


20. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease trials giving patients hope of a better life
By medical reporter Sophie Scott and Specialist Reporting Team's Brooke Wylie
Karen Cooke loves reading to her granddaughter Paityn. But with her memory faltering, it's not always easy.  "Nanny," Paityn says, looking up at her grandmother. "You already said that."
Key points:
Dementia affects more than 400,000 Australians and is the country's second-biggest cause of death
Experts are warning of a dementia "tsunami" in the coming years. The early results from two trials are giving patients — and potential patients — hope for the future. It was incidents like this — the little things — that her family first started noticing

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