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Issue 112 - 1 October 2009

'Glimpses through History'  2010 Pictorial Calendar
Photographs of nurses over the last 100 years - at work and at play, in meetings and on the streets protesting against health cuts, overseas during war time and mopping ward floors in the 1950s - feature in NZNO’s new centennial calendar ($10.00 each plus postage of 1.50 - includes gst)

To order a calendar, please post your cheque made out to NZNO, with your full name, postal address and phone number to:
Lynette Kirby
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
National Office
PO Box 2128


1. News in brief. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p2
This section offers news briefs related to emergency nursing in Great Britain as of March 2009. The National Health Services (NHS) Pathways, an alternative system for 999 operators, can already be used in ambulance control rooms and allow staff to provide urgent care services to patients who do not need an ambulance. Nancy Fontaine has been appointed as deputy director of nursing for patient safety and quality of the Emergency Consultant Nurse Association. Northern Ireland is building a regional network for major trauma with a regional center in Belfast.

2. CEO resigns after waiting time failure. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p2
The article announces that Tara Donnelly resigned as the chief executive of West Middlesex University Hospital National Health Service (NHS) Trust

3. New campaign to raise stroke awareness. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p2
The article provides information on the Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, Time (FAST) of the Department of Health in Great Britain. It aims to inform the public about the signs of stroke through its television, radio, print, and online campaign. Information about the nature of stroke and its consequences are also cited.

4. Queen's Honorary Nurse appointed. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p2
The article announces that Kevin Davies has been appointed a Queen's Honorary Nurse in Great Britain.

5. Crime figures prompt college to publish guidance on when nurses should alert police to knife injuries
by Hunt, Louise. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10:p3
The article discusses the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) policy about knife crimes in nurse-led clinics in Great Britain. The policy, which follows interim guidance from the General Medical Council on how doctors should report gun and knife wounds, states that nurses must have clear guidance about reporting knife crime to police. A statement from RCN head of policy Howard Catton about the guidance is included.

6. Staff 'reluctant to report violence'. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p3
The article discusses the document "Protecting NHS Staff from Violence and Aggression," a report on the violence being experienced by National Health Services (NHS) staff by the Auditor General for Wales Jeremy Colman. Findings show that the staff hesitate to report violence due to work pressures, lack of support from managers, and acceptance of verbal abuse in emergency departments. The document also lists 17 recommendations to increase the reporting rate of incidents across Wales.

7. Warming up. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p3
: The article reports on the participation of Territorial Army (TA) nurse Zayne Crow in the 151-mile race across part of the Sahara Desert. Crow serves at the King Edward VII's Hospital in London, England and at the TA's City of London Field Hospital. She admitted that she will be challenged by extreme temperatures and the weight she will be carrying. It is noted that she is raising funds for the wounded service personnel charity, Help for Heroes

8. Web scan.
by Ambrose, Kate. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p4
The article reviews several web sites, including,, and

9. Challenging the system. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p6
A letter to the editor in response to the article about an emergency nurse who had to resign over the four-hour operational standard published in the February issue is presented.

10. Stand up and be counted. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p6
A letter to the editor in response to the article about the four-hour standard in emergency departments (EDs) published in the December 2008 issue is presented.

11. The four-hour standard. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p6
A letter to the editor in response to the article about the four-hour standard in emergency departments (EDs) published in the December 2008 issue is presented.

12. Evoking a response.
by Whymark, Jane. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10:p7
A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Finding the right phrase to evoke the right response," by D. J. Brown, in the February 2009 issue.

13. Noticeboard. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p9
This section discusses issues of interest to people involved in emergency nursing in Great Britain. NHS Direct launched an online Contraception Checker to address inquiries on emergency contraception, missed contraceptive pills and interactions with other medicines or failed contraceptives. The television program "Dispatches" is creating a program that explores the lives of nurses and midwives working in NHS hospitals.

14. Awards. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p9
This section offers information on awards related to nursing in Great Britain. The Nursing Standard Nurse Awards has 12 categories covering the entire spectrum of nursing. Meanwhile, the Florence Nightingale Foundation is calling on nurses to apply for its research scholarships for 2009/10.

15. Diary. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p9
A calendar of events related to nursing to be held in Great Britain in 2009 is presented including the Spring Scientific Conference of the College of Emergency Medicine 2009 from April 20 to 22, RCN Congress 2009 from May 10 to 14 and Trauma Week from May 11 to 15.

16. Overcoming boundaries.
by Pati, Anita. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p11
The article highlights the views of Gill Bennett, executive director of nursing and primary care at West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, on the expansion of the traditional roles of nurses in Great Britain. Bennett says that she considers herself as a non-traditional nurse, who is willing to take risks. She claims that the role of paramedics and ambulance personnel are complementary. Bennett argues that nurses have the skills to do many other things, such as management.

17. Introducing the physician assistant.
by Nassar, Anjum; Bethel, Jim. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p12-14
The article offers a look at how physician assistants (PA) are trained and their role in the health care industry in Great Britain. The role of PA was first established in the U.S. in the 1960s when four naval hospital corpsmen began training at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. As of March 2009, there are only 120 places in Great Britain available for students who want to undergo PA training. The relevance of PA to the health care sector is highlighted.

18. Specialising in play
by Knight, Sally & Gregory, Suzanne. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p16-19
The article focuses on the significance of hospital play specialists to emergency departments. An explanation of the nature of the job and roles of hospital play specialists in emergency departments (ED) is offered. The Great Britain Department of Health (DH) recommends hiring one hospital play specialist in acute trusts with over 18,000 pediatric ED admissions annually. The article also describes the experiences of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in having a hospital play specialist.

19.  Requesting tissue donation
by Lerpiniere, Chrystine; Verble, Margaret. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p22-25
The article focuses on the significance of improvements in nurse communication skills and in referral and approach systems to increase successful tissue donations. It is noted that the referral of hospital deaths to appropriate organ or tissue donation authorities is important to the success of donation initiatives. The author argued that training of emergency department (ED) nurses could be a cost-efficient alternative to ensure a well-functioning tissue donation system.

20. Experiences of older people in emergency care settings
by Lyons, Imogen; Paterson, Ruth. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p26-31
The article focuses on a study which explored the aspects of emergency care that are relevant to older people. The study included 20 patients aged 66 to 94 years who were interviewed and were grouped based on attentiveness, staff competence, communication, waiting times and overall care needs. Study findings emphasize the need for healthcare professionals to focus on providing fast and effective diagnoses and treatments for older patients.

21. Venous Thromboembolism in patients with below-knee plaster casts
by Parsonage, Ian. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p32-35
The article presents a case study of a 52-year-old woman with below-knee plaster casts who developed venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE refers to the blocking of a blood vessel by a clot dislodged from its site of origin. The controversy regarding the use of thromboprophylaxis for people whose treatment involves immobilization by below-knee plaster cast is explored. Clinical information on thromboprophylaxis is also offered.

22. Abdominal assessment and diagnosis of appendicitis
by McInulty, Lorna. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10: p36
A quiz about abdominal assessment and appendicitis diagnosis is presented.

23. Board's eye view
by McInulty, Lorna. Emergency Nurse, Mar 2009, Vol 16 Issue 10:p37
The author reflects on the career offered to nurses in the field of emergency medicine in Great Britain. She recalls some of her experiences as a registered clinical nurse. She argues that the pressure associated with clinical practice can put patients and nurses in an endangered position. The author reveals that as a university lecturer she tries to encourage her students about an exciting career in emergency care despite its many challenges.

Journals – Table of Contents

24. From Australian Nursing Journal, Sept 09, Volume 17, Number 3

24A. Time to deliver for aged care in Budget 2010
Inadequate response in aged care; barriers to employing young nurses in aged care; Disasters no excuse for euthanasia; Enlightened experience in aged care.
ANF members take the lead; Serious condition misunderstood
24D. Time to deliver for aged care - Budget 2010; Not just a job - making a difference in aged care
24E. Nurses key to success of waste segregation program; NP clinics expanding
24F. Extend "healthy kids" checks to midwives and nurses; Close the gap efforts compromised
24G. Health professionals learn together; tell the Opposition Health Minister no delay!
VIC: New horizons for nurses' health service
24I. QLD: Nurse education overhaul; VIC - St Vincent's at Home celebrates golden anniversary
24J. TAS: Pay double time for holidays; NSW: 12-hour shift win
24K. SA: Nurses recognised; VIC: New home birth pilot
24L. It's more than a job! [by Lee Thomas, ANF Assistant Federal Secretary]
24M. VETting nurse training and education [Vocational Education Training committee - ANF]
24N. Advocating for social justice; INDUSTRIAL: ANF working to mend 457 visa scheme
24O. Indigenous health: a time for action
Info-Jection: dispelling myths and overcoming fears
24Q. Working for change [The employment of Indigenous nurse academics must be core business]
. Justice as a basic human need [This was no ordinary death, as an inquest later revealed]
24S. Strategies to reduce medication errors in older adults
24T. Mentors for people with mental illness; Suicide data reveals disturbing picture
24U. Assessing the risk in triage - clinical guidelines
24V. Mental health education for nurses in general practice; mental health triage pivotal
24W. Community mental health nursing in Bahrain - an inside perspective; Exploring graduate nurses' experience in mental health; Shining a light on mental health nursing education
24X. Action in pediatric mental health; Perth hosts Australia's largest mental health conference; The road to recovery [clients' experience of a mental health prevention and recovery program]
24Y. The art of mental health nursing
Caramel rum cake 

25. From International Nursing Review, Volume 56 Number 3, September 2009
Guest Editorial
25A. Safe drinking water for the most vulnerable (p273-275)
25B. 'Bad Science' and publication ethics (p 276-276)
International Perspectives
. Rosemary Bryant elected as new ICN president (p 277-280)
25D. Senior nurse executives selected for global leadership institute; Don't lose momentum in creating a new UN agency for women; better health work environments improve health care services
25E. Planting ceremony honours nursing's pioneering innovator
25F. Free hands-on guide teaches coaching principles, develops skills; New ICN network to advance telenursing
Inside view
25G. All in a generation (p 284-284)
Review article
25H. Caribbean nurses migrating to the UK: a gender-focused literature review (p 285-290)
Original articles
25I. Lessons from eleven primary health care nursing innovations in New Zealand (p 292-298)
25J. The establishment of an academic nursing faculty: action research in Israel (p 299-305)
25K. Organizational culture in nursing schools in Turkey: faculty members' perspectives (p 306-312)
25L. Professionalism: the major factor influencing job satisfaction among Korean and Chinese nurses (p 313-318)
25M. Turkish nurses' utilization of research evidence in clinical practice and influencing factors (p 319-325)
25N. Support, satisfaction and retention among Jordanian nurses in private and public hospitals (p 326-332)
25O. Nurses' positive attitudes to nutritional management but limited knowledge of nutritional assessment in Korea (p 333-339)
25P. Perceptions of family planning among low-income men in Western Kenya (p 340-345)
25Q. Stages of condom use and decisional balance among college students (p 346-353)
25R. Greek students' knowledge and sources of information regarding sex education (p 354-360)
25S. Evaluating the effect of childbirth education class: a mixed-method study (p 361-368)
25T. Parent's adherence to children's home-accident preventive measures (p 369-374)
25U. Blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index of primary school students in a low socio-economic district in Turkey (p 375-380)
25V. Spanish primary health care nurses who are smokers: this influence on the therapeutic relationship (p 381-386)
25W. The prevalence, characteristics and correlates of falls in Korean community-dwelling older adults (p 387-392)
Short communications
25X. The Bologna Agreement and its impact on the Master in Advanced Nursing Practice Program at Rotterdam University of Applied Science: incorporating mandatory internationalization in the curriculum (p 393-395)
25Y. Innovative self-management programme for diabetics following coronary care unit admission (p 396-399)

Conferences, training and seminars

26. Safe and Sound - NZ's first concert in support of maternal health in the Pacific
A music concert in support of maternal and related sexual and reproductive health in the Pacific.
Date: 22 October, 2009
More information:
To buy a ticket:

27."The Effects of Poverty on Children and Young People"
Tuesday 24th November 2009
Venue: Performing Arts Centre, Waikato University, Hamilton
This combines with the Public Health Section and Nurses for Children and Young People of Aotearoa Section conference day
More information:

28. Annual conference of the Women's health section - 'A toast to women's health'
  22 -24 April 2010
Venue: War Memorial Centre, Napier
More information:

News – National

29. PHO plan threat to health services
ODT - 1 October, 2009
Tony Fitchett says a monster PHO will only be able to fund blunt, lowest-common-denominator solutions and will not address local issues in the way that locally based PHOs can.

30. Tony Ryall Health Minister's speech at opening of HVDHB 'clip on' theatres
The Beehive - 30 September, 2009

31. Hospice redesign will make for better service
Manukau Courier - 29 September 2009
FACELIFT: The facilities at Hospice South Auckland’s Totara Lodge in Manurewa will be redesigned as part of a $200,000 project. Chief executive Gary Sturgess says once the revamp is completed patients using the hospice’s day-stay service will have an improved quality of care.

32. New ophthalmology clinic is a real eye-opener
Manukau Courier - 1 October, 2009
EYE SEE YOU: Ophthalmology clinical director Anmar Abdul-Rahman gives Southern Trust chairman Evan Moore an optical coherence tomography test in the new ophthalmology clinic at the Manukau Super Clinic.

News - International

33. Aging population heralds rise of the 'supercentenarian'
The number of “supercentenarians” – people aged over 110 – will soar in coming years, according to official forecasts.
The Telegraph - 30 September 2009

34. B.C. to limit seasonal flu vaccines
Vancouver Sun - 28 September 2009






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