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Issue 40 - 19 November 2012

Books Available for Borrowing

1. Alcohol and drug problems: Handbook for health professionals
By John O'Hagan, Geoffrey Robinson & Edwin Whiteside
Published in 1993
This is a fully revised and expanded edition of the 1982 handbook on Alcoholism for Medical Practitioners, which has become a standard practice guide in this field. The three authors of the current edition are leading authorities on the medical treatment of alcohol and other drug problems, and have combined their expertise to produce a problem-solving ready reference bench book, particularly for the non-specialist in clinical practice.

2. Beyond the screen: Nurses' reflections
Edited by Tan khoon Kiat, Penny Seet, Suppiah Nagammal, Tan Wee King & Avril Chew
A gem of a book, full of personal stories and insights. Especially for those of us in healthcare, interesting anecdotes illustrate the progress and defining moments in the day-to-day battles and challenges we can all identify with.

3. Rocking the cradle: Contraception, sex and politics in New Zealand
By Helen Smyth
Published in 2000
This book traces the quest for contraception in New Zealand and explores the connected realms of sex and politics. By 1900 many couples had chosen to have fewer children - but contraceptive methods were limited and often desperate. In the 1930s a radical group of women set out to help people access sex information and contraception. They became the Family Planning Association, and encountered head-on entrenched moral viewpoints and fears about declining population. Often funny, sometimes tragic or bizarre, always controversial, this book investigates a relatively unexplored aspect of our lives.

4. Safety to practise: reflections of Chairpersons of the Nursing Council of New Zealand 1971 - 2001.
By Pamela Wood & Elaine Papps
Published in 2001


5. 8 steps to surgical recovery. (cover story)
Consumer Reports on Health. 01/11/2012, Vol. 24 Issue 11:
The cover story presents recommendations for surgical patients to achieve the fastest possible recovery and to reduce the risk of postsurgical complications. It is noted that patients often have unrealistic expectations related to postsurgical wound healing and the timeline for return to regular activity and do not follow their physicians' instructions. Several steps to ensure an effective recovery are outlined, including selection of experienced surgeons and hospitals, prevention of hospital infections with proper sanitation procedures, and postoperative pain management. The phenomenon of postsurgical delirium in older patients is also discussed.

6. Health wire
Consumer Reports on Health. 01/11/2012, Vol. 24 Issue 11:
The article presents several health news briefs as of November 2012. Topics include a study of the beneficial effects of flavonol antioxidants found in dark chocolate on blood pressure, research into the correlation of blood types with the risk of heart disease, and a report on the effectiveness of interactive online weight-loss programs.

7. Simple solutions to common complaints
Consumer Reports on Health. 01/11/2012, Vol. 24 Issue 11:
The article offers advice on self-help treatments for several common minor medical problems. Topics include preventing dry eyes from computer vision syndrome (CVS), eliminating neck and shoulder pain by evaluating personal habits and ergonomic conditions that could lead to muscle strain, and choosing shoes that do not contribute to food problems such as heel pain, bunions, and calluses..

8. Alzheimer's drugs: Big cost, little help
Consumer Reports on Health. 01/11/2012, Vol. 24 Issue 11: p8
The article reports on research studies which were conducted in 2008 by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2008 and found that most drugs used to treat Alzheimer's disease did not delay the disease or improve or maintain mental function. A 2012 report from Consumer Reports Best But Drugs which found that most Alzheimer's disease drugs provide little to no benefit is discussed..

9. 'Feel-good' food might be addictive
Consumer Reports on Health. 01/11/2012, Vol. 24 Issue 11: p10
The article offers an overview of research into the effect of the consumption of foods high in fat, sugar, and salt on the brain, particularly on the role of these foods on the regulation of dopamine which creates an addictive response. It is suggested that food addiction responses can lead to overeating and a higher risk of obesity. Also discussed are studies which identify food addictive responses in various populations and correlated with body mass index..

By Wilson, Denise. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 01/07/2012, Vol. 28 Issue 2: p2-3
The author discusses the experiences of patients with insufficient nurse-patient communication and co-ordination of care. She argues that substandard, abusive, or discriminatory behavior by a few nurses towards vulnerable patients can create distrust of medical care which negatively impacts competent nurses. She calls for nurses to think of themselves as advocates for the interests of the patient in order to maintain quality of care, prevent errors, and promote accountability.

By Spence, Deborah; Vallant, Sharon; Roud, Di; Aspinall, Cathleen. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 01/07/2012, Vol. 28 Issue 2: p5-13
The primary goal of undergraduate nursing education is the preparation of graduates able to function as competent beginning clinicians. A variety of academic-service partnerships are being used to support the clinical preparation of undergraduate nurses but, in today's demanding and fiscally challenged health and education environments, debate continues about how best to provide students with quality learning in the clinical setting. This article reports the qualitative findings of a collaborative study undertaken to monitor implementation of a new model of clinical education for undergraduate nursing students. Three partners: a District Health Board (DHB) and two universities have developed, and are refining, a clinical education model based on the inclusion of student nurses in team nursing. In response to the question "How well is the student integration model working?" the qualitative findings, from a DHB and university staff perspective, suggest that students are better integrated within the nursing team. Registered nurses from academic and clinical backgrounds are sharing responsibility for students' learning but there is a clear need to further develop relationships, skills and processes in order to maximise the student development. The survey results, which include the student perspective, have and are being reported separately. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR].

By Donovan, Donna J.; Diers, Donna; Carryer, Jenny. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 01/07/2012, Vol. 28 Issue 2: p15-25
This qualitative study was focused on the landscape of nursing policy and political leadership in New Zealand. A volunteer sample (N=18) of nurse leaders (Fellows of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc) drawn from across the country was interviewed with respect to issues that affect their interest in participating in political action and policy work. . The framework of stages of nursing's political development published by Cohen and colleagues (1996) was used as an interview guide. Respondents were asked to describe their own stage of political development, their perception of the political development of New Zealand nurses and nursing organisations at large, and also their thoughts on what could be done to better position nursing in healthcare policy development. In general, respondents agreed that the major nursing organisations in New Zealand (the College of Nurses - Aotearoa and New Zealand Nurses Organisation [NZNO]) were moving toward increasing policy sophistication. Qualitative content analysis suggested five themes which, taken together, describe nursing's policy/political development in New Zealand: languaging; succession /legacy planning; Tall Poppies and Queen Bees; "it's a small country"; and speaking with one voice. Although limited by sample size, the information collected provides a beginning focus for discussion that can steer New Zealand nursing activities toward the wider involvement of nurse leaders in healthcare policy work on behalf of the discipline. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR].

By Barnhill, Dianne; McKillop, Ann; Aspinall, Cathleen. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 01/07/2012, Vol. 28 Issue 2: p27-36
Since 2007, Health Workforce New Zealand has provided District Health Boards (DHBs) with funding to support nurses undertaking postgraduate education. As a result, a significant number of nurses, many working in general medical and surgical wards, have now completed a postgraduate qualification. Anecdotal evidence for one DHB indicated that there were mixed views with respect to how the increase in the number of nurses with postgraduate education had impacted on patient outcomes. Following a review of relevant literature the researchers aimed to ascertain from registered nurses working in acute medical and surgical wards their perception of the impact that further study had on their practice. A quantitative descriptive study was undertaken to answer the question of what impact postgraduate study had on the practice of those nurses working in medical and surgical wards of a District Health Board hospital? An anonymous postal survey was sent to registered nurses (N=57), and senior nurses (N=25) working in acute medical and surgical areas of practice. The latter group consisted of 16 nurse managers and 9 nurse educators. The results showed that registered nurses, nurse managers and nurse educators all perceived the clinical practice of registered nurses as having improved in some degree as a consequence of postgraduate education. There is also a need for further research to be undertaken in other District Health Boards, especially in non-hospital based areas such as primary health care; and also to investigate ways of linking post graduate education with career pathways, as well as identifying and minimising potential barriers likely to prevent application of post graduate learning in the workplace. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR].

Journal - Table of Contents

14. From The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, October 2012, Volume 43, Number 10
Letters to the Editor
Opening the Dialogue: What Counts?
Guest Editorial
Professional Stewardship
Administrative Angles
Continuing Education for Performance Improvement: A Creative Approach
Clinical Updates
Innovative Technology Offers Virtual Visitation for Families
Teaching Tips
Technology and Nursing Education: Building an Online Toolkit
CNE Article
Rocking the Boat: Challenges Ahead for Continuing Education Providers
CNE Quiz
Rocking the Boat: Challenges Ahead for Continuing Education Providers
Original Article
Implementation of a Journal Club on Adult Learning and Nursing Professional Development
14I. “Beam Me Up, Scotty”: Designing the Future of Nursing Professional Development
14J. Perceptions of Structural Empowerment: Differences Between Nationally Certified Perinatal Nurses and Perinatal Nurses Who Are Not Nationally Certified
14K. Effect of Simulation on Nursing Knowledge and Critical Thinking in Failure to Rescue Events
14L. Education and Employment Characteristics of Nurse Preceptors

Conferences, Workshops, Training

15. AD/PD™ 2013 - The Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Conference
AD/PD™ Florence will unite international medical professionals for a dynamic scientific programme revealing cutting-edge research and discoveries in diagnosing, preventing and treating neurodegenerative diseases. By serving as both an Alzheimer’s disease conference and a Parkinson’s disease conference, AD/PD™ 2013 delegates receive a greater variety of new data, a truly multi-disciplinary scientific agenda, and enhanced opportunities to network with leaders in the field of these distinct neurodegenerative diseases.
Date: 6-10 March 2013
Venue: Florence, Italy

16. Breastfeeding: from science to skills
2nd   to  16th March 2013
Venues: Hobart, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth , Australia

News - National

17. Our collective responsibility
ODT 17 Nov, 2012

Survey results this week that showed the rate of teenage binge drinking is now slightly higher among girls than boys were alarming but not altogether surprising. The survey, by Massey University's Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (Shore) public health unit, found among 16-to-17-year-old drinkers, 28% of girls and 25% of boys drank at least eight standard drinks in a typical drinking session last year. The number of girls in the 16 to 17 and 18 to19 age groups having at least eight drinks at a sitting had almost doubled since a 2004 survey; the number of boys drinking at least eight standard drinks fell in both age groups.

18. Hospital plan 'secrecy' upsets pair
Stuff - 19 Nov 2012
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) members want to know why they are not being consulted on a business case for Christchurch's $600 million hospital redevelopment. Board members Chris Mene and Andrew Dickerson are querying if they will get to see a copy of the detailed business case and whether the redevelopment partnership group will "continue to meet in secret".

News - International

19. Former boss of scandal hit Stafford hospital takes new job
The chief executive who presided over the Stafford Hospital scandal - and said he was too ill to be questioned in a public inquiry into hundreds of deaths - has been given a new management position.

20. What the brain draws from: Art and neuroscienceBy Elizabeth Landau, CNN
CNN - September 15, 2012
Pablo Picasso once said, "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies." If we didn't buy in to the "lie" of art, there would obviously be no galleries or exhibitions, no art history textbooks or curators; there would not have been cave paintings or Egyptian statues or Picasso himself. Yet, we seem to agree as a species that it's possible to recognize familiar things in art and that art can be pleasing. To explain why, look no further than the brain. The human brain is wired in such a way that we can make sense of lines, colors and patterns on a flat canvas. Artists throughout human history have figured out ways to create illusions such as depth and brightness that aren't actually there but make works of art seem somehow more real.

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