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A look at history, health policy and social media.

The NZNO library has recently acquired a number of new books on a range of topics. We present a brief synopsis of some of these items which, along with other material, are available for lending to NZNO members. The loan period is four weeks. All books are couriered to you, so please provide your street address when requesting items. We also ask you bear the cost of couriering the books back to us.

Reforming Primary Health Care: A Nursing Perspective: Contributing to health care reform, issues and challenges. Bryar, R., Kendall, S. & Mogotlane, S. (2012) International Centre for Human Resources in Nursing. 60pp.

The first chapter "Setting the scene for the PHC nursing workforce development roadmap" provides the context for a guide to support the development and contribution of PHC nursing. The second chapter "Delivering effective primary health care nursing" presents evidence underpinning the development roadmap. The conclusion provides a summary of areas for action. This resource is also available online at www. ICHRN/Policy_and_Research_Papers/PHC.pdf.

The nurse's social media advantage: how making connections and sharing ideas can enhance your nursing practice. Fraser, R. (2011) Sigma Theta Tau International. 236 pp.

Do you think Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are fun but lack professional relevance? Do you encounter patients and their families sharing medical details with their electronic network of friends and family? Do you wonder how nurses can use professional networking sites such as Linkedin? Blogs, chat groups and other social media tools are changing the way patients and caregivers gather and share health information. This book gives you all you need to know about how to use popular social media and networking sites, participate in online communities, network professionally, and manage risk and liabilities effectively.

The good doctor: What patients want. Paterson, R.P. (2012) Auckland University Press. 201 pp.

Drawing on his years of dealing with patient concerns, former Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson makes some challenging statements in a book for all those determined to make sure patients get the medical care they deserve:

1) Patients don't demand the sort of information about doctors they should.

2) Doctors who feel put upon by information overload, patient demands, complaints and growing requirements from employers, colleges, medical boards and government, will be resistant to any additional regulation of their activity.

3) Doctors are reluctant to judge problem doctors and prefer the "quiet chat".

4) Current law and practice is lax when it comes to checking doctors remain up-to-date.

Born to a changing world: Childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand. Clarke, A. (2012) Bridget Williams Books. 312 pp.

Emerging from diaries, letters and memoirs, the voices of this charming narrative tell of new life arriving into a turbulent world. Tracing Maori and Pakeha experience in all parts of the country, this richly illustrated account of childbirth in 19th century New Zealand remains centred throughout on mothers, babies and families.

The Village on the hill: Celebrating 125 years of Waikato Hospital. Waikato District Health Board. (2011) 158 pp.

Waikato Hospital started as a small kauri farm cottage overlooking Lake Rotoroa in Hamilton. Today it stands as a sprawling campus undergoing a $430 million building programme--the biggest redevelopment in its history. This book profiles a wide range of staff working at the hospital, each talking about their job and a "typical day" for them, produced as feature articles and video interviews. It includes a wealth of previously unpublished historic photographs.

Decision making and healthcare management for frontline staff. Gurbutt, R. (2011) Radcliffe Pub. 131 pp.

Through correspondence between a lecturer and a practitioner, a descriptive model of the clinical landscape (topography) of the workplace is developed. This is used as a reference to facilitate enquiry. Skilled decision making is essential among service delivery staff so they can be effective agents of change, rather than simply reacting to externally-imposed change. The model outlined in this book provides reference points to determine where information is needed and used, to think through change and its wider implications for service delivery.


Sing no sad songs: Losing a daughter to cancer. Arnold, S. (2011) Canterbury University Press. 218pp.

At the age of 22, Rebecca Arnold, an art student from Greendale in Canterbury, was diagnosed with a rare and vicious cancer. When she died 13 months later, her family was left to cope with a tidal wave of grief and loss. This book is a heartbreaking and yet beautifully composed memoir by Rebecca's mother, Sandra Arnold. It is a haunting story of bereavement, survival, courage and acceptance.

Confessions of a male nurse. Alexander, M. (2012) Friday Project. 317pp.

From stampeding nudes to inebriated teenagers, Michael Alexander never knew what he was getting himself into. But now, 16 years since he began his nursing career in New Zealand, as the only man in a gynaecology ward, he's pretty much dealt with everything. Michael Alexander is the pseudonym of a nurse whose career has taken him to many parts of the world.

The principles of nursing practice. Royal College of Nursing. (2012) 28 pp.

This essential guide comprises a nine-part series describing the principles of nursing practice developed by the Royal College of Nursing, in collaboration with patient and service organisations, the Department of Health, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, nurses and other health care professionals.

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Author:Woods, Heather
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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