NZNO Mental Health Nurses Section Newsletter – March 2022

Message from the MHNS Committee

Two years of world-leading public health responses kept Aotearoa safe from the worst effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Now the Omicron wave is here. MHNS members are in our thoughts at this time, whether managing suspected or confirmed Covid cases among our tāngata whai ora or isolating at home yourselves.

A newly-published open-access paper in the NZ Medical Journal [Every-Palmer et al., 2022] highlights how the wellbeing of New Zealanders with mental health and addiction issues has been disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Structural discrimination experienced by our client group in the vaccine roll-out has worsened this inequity, with just 80 percent of mental health consumers and 78 percent of AOD service users being fully vaccinated as at 14 February 2022. For tāngata whai ora Māori, the data on vaccinations are even more concerning, being 74 percent and 72 percent respectively.

In brighter news, however, anecdotal evidence suggests that infection prevention and control measures in workplaces are proving effective. A message sent on 2 March 2022 to all staff at Capital and Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB from CEO Fionnagh Dougan, for instance, said that despite the rising number of staff isolating at home, “There has been no spread that we are aware of in our clinical areas where staff have been excellent at wearing the appropriate PPE and following infection control processes.”

As we wish our members a safe and healthy emergence from the Omicron wave, we also look forward to the longer-term restructuring of the mental health, addictions and intellectual disability sector. Although the last issue of the MHNS Newsletter promised that we would showcase the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, the Committee has chosen to include in this issue a pay-walled feature article which the NZ Medical Journal has kindly allowed us to re-publish, ‘New Zealand’s mental health crisis, He Ara Oranga and the future’. We found this article particularly thought-provoking. We hope that you do, too.

Committee news

The MHNS Committee met by Zoom for an additional unscheduled meeting on 1 February. The main item on the agenda was the 2022 Mental Health Nurses Forum. After postponing the Forum until March 2022 due to the Delta outbreak last year, we were forced to cancel the in-person event altogether on account of the Omicron outbreak. The Committee is working with our presenters on rescheduling Forum sessions, to be held by Zoom later in the year.

We also reviewed our process for producing the MHNS submission on Transforming Our Mental Health Law. The submission closing date of 28 January made it difficult to consult with members over the holiday season. The Wellington Anniversary Day closure of the NZNO National Office, along with the half-day closure on the preceding Friday, also shortened our consultation period by four days, while NZNO staffing issues prevented us from obtaining support from the NZNO policy team. We apologise to members for the curtailed consultation, we commit to giving greater opportunity to input in future submissions and we thank those who managed to get their thoughts to us in time. The final version of the MHNS submission is available here.

Lastly we discussed the review of the NZNO Constitution. As one of the movers of the 2020 remit for a full and independent review, the MHNS Committee is represented on the Constitutional Review Advisory Group. We are committed to a democratic, membership- driven Constitution for NZNO in accordance with the NZNO Strategic Plan 2021-25.

Committee vacancies – call for nominations

The MHNS Committee – currently made up of Helen Garrick (Chairperson), Margaret Daniela (Minute Secretary), Jennie Rae (Treasurer), Brent Doncliff (Committee member/Facebook group administrator) and Grant Brookes (Committee member/Newsletter editor) – is still looking to co-opt two additional members. This is an opportunity to get a taste of Section leadership, for a shortened term up until the Biennial General Meeting in August 2022. We invite any new, emerging leaders to join us. To express you interest, please click here for the nomination form.


Structural discrimination in the COVID-19 vaccination programme for people with mental health and addiction issues: now is the time to be equally well
Susanna Every-Palmer, Ashley Koning, Linda Smith, Ruth Cunningham, Cameron Lacey, Deborah Peterson, Angela Jury, Kate M Scott, Tony Dowell, Alison Masters, Helen Lockett NZMJ135(1550), pages 133-139. 25 February 2022

IJMHN, Vol. 31 No. 2, April 2022 

Issue Information. Pages: 241-242 First Published: 01 March 2022

Free Access
Combating loneliness and isolation and promoting good mental health – One ukulele at a time
Philip Darbyshire RNMH RSCN DipN(Lond) RNT MN PHD, Cheryl Green RN, RMN, BSc, MPH, Grad Cert Health Services Management. Pages: 243-246 First Published: 24 November 2021

Review Articles
Vicarious trauma and nursing: An integrative review
Sophie Isobel PhD, RN(BN), grad cert CFHN, CAMH, Res Meth, Margaret Thomas RN(BN), MMHN, BSc
Pages: 247-259 First Published: 19 November 2021

Open Access
What evidence supports the use of Body Worn Cameras in mental health inpatient wards? A systematic review and narrative synthesis of the effects of Body Worn Cameras in public sector services
Keiran Wilson MSc, Jessica Eaton MSc, Una Foye PhD, Madeleine Ellis MA, Ellen Thomas, Alan Simpson PhD
Pages: 260-277 First Published: 08 December 2021

Suicide by hanging: A scoping review
Rachael Sabrinskas BAppSci, Psych, BN, M.Mental Health Nursing, PhD Candidate, Bridget Hamilton BPsychN, BN(Hons), PhD, Catherine Daniel BPsychNurs, PGDipN(MtlHlth) MN, PhD, John Oliffe PhD, MEd, RN
Pages: 278-294 First Published: 25 November 2021

Original Articles
Concept analysis of shame in nursing
Michael A. Jaeb BSN, RN
Pages: 295-304 First Published: 09 November 2021

The influence of a self-determination theory grounded clinical placement on nursing student’s therapeutic relationship skills: A pre-test/post-test study
Dana Perlman PhD, M.S. (Educational Leadership), Bachelor of Education (Physical Education), Lorna Moxham RN, MHN, PhD, MEd, BHSc, DASc, Cert OH&S, Cert Qual Mngmt, Cert IV Training & Assessment, FACMHN, FACN, MAICD, Christopher Patterson PhD, M.Nurs (Mental Health) and BN (Hons), Amy Tapsell Master of Public Health and Bachelor if Arts (Psychology), Emily Keough Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), PhD candidate (Psychology). Pages: 305-312 First Published: 24 November 2021

Factors associated with Health of the Nation Outcomes Scales (HoNOS) in an acute young adult psychiatric unit
Grace Branjerdporn Cert III(TESOL), BOccThy(Hons I), CHIA, PhD, Julia Robertson BPsychSc, Alex Dymond BSocWork, BPsych, Grad.Cert.Trauma, Grad.Cert.AcadHP, MForMH. Pages: 313-325 First Published: 24 November 2021

A qualitative study exploring adolescents’ perspective about Mental Health First Aid Training Programmes promoted by nurses in upper secondary schools
Tiago Filipe Oliveira Costa RMN, MSc, Francisco Miguel Correia Sampaio RMN, MSc, PhD, Carlos Alberto da Cruz Sequeira RMN, MSc, PhD, María Teresa Lluch Canut RMN, MSc, PhD, Antonio Rafael Moreno Poyato RN, MHN, MSc, PhD. Pages: 326-338 First Published: 25 November 2021

Relationship between nurses’ use of verbal de-escalation and mechanical restraint in acute inpatient mental health care: a retrospective study
Alonso Pérez-Toribio RN, MSc, Antonio R. Moreno-Poyato RN, MSc, MHN, PhD, Teresa Lluch-Canut RN, MHN, PhD, Laura Molina-Martínez RN, MHN, Anna Bastidas-Salvadó RN, MHN, Montserrat Puig-Llobet RN, MHN, PhD, Juan F. Roldán-Merino RN, MSc, MHN, PhD
Pages: 339-347 First Published: 26 November 2021

‘Are they really allowed to treat me like that?’ – A qualitative study to explore the nature of formal patient complaints about mental healthcare services in Sweden
Annelie J. Sundler PhD, RN, Anna Råberus MScN, RN, Gunilla Carlsson PhD, RN, Christina Nilsson PhD, RN, RM, Laura Darcy PhD, RN. Pages: 348-357 First Published: 11 December 2021

Exploration of the utility of the Nursing Process and the Clinical Reasoning Cycle as a framework for forensic mental health nurses: A qualitative study
Tessa Maguire RN, GD FBS, GD FMHN, MMentHlthSc, PhD, Loretta Garvey RN, PhD, Jo Ryan RN, Bed, GC VRAM, Georgina Willetts RN, BN, PhD, Michael Olasoji RN, PhD Pages: 358-368 First Published: 17 December 2021

Learning your limits: Nurses’ experiences of caring for young unaccompanied refugees in acute psychiatric care
Sebastian Gabrielsson RN, PhD, Hannan Karim RN, MSc, Git-Marie Ejneborn Looi RN, PhD. Pages: 369-378 First Published: 15 December 2021

Women’s experiences of restrictive interventions within inpatient mental health services: A qualitative investigation
Amy Scholes ClinPsyD, MSc, BSc, Owen Price PhD, MSc, BSc, Katherine Berry PhD, ClinPsyD, MSc, BSc. Pages: 379-389 First Published: 24 December 2021

Psychological experiences of caregivers of adolescents diagnosed with substance use disorder attending a youth centre in a low-resource setting
Lydia Nyaga Njoki RN, BScN, MSc, Irene G. Mageto RN, BScN, MSc, PhD, Lucy W. Kivuti-Bitok RN, BScN, Msc, PhD. Pages: 390-399 First Published: 21 December 2021

Review Articles
What are the experiences and the perceptions of service users attending Emergency Department for a mental health crisis? A systematic review
Maya Sacre RGN, RMN, MSc, Rikke Albert RMN, MSc, Juanita Hoe RMN, PhD Pages: 400-423 First Published: 23 December 2021

Open Access
Valued attributes of professional support for people who repeatedly self-harm: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of first-hand accounts
Cara Sass PhD, Cathy Brennan PhD, Kate Farley PhD, Helen Crosby PhD, Rocio Rodriguez Lopez MPH, Daniel Romeu MB BChir MA (Cantab) PGCert, Elizabeth Mitchell BSc, Allan House BSc, MBBS, MRCPsych(UK), MRCPsych DM, Else Guthrie MB, ChB, MSc, MD, FRCPsych
Pages: 424-441 First Published: 15 January 2022

Letter to the Editor
There must be a better way: The implementation of a nurse-led mental health service to support people living with a mental health condition
Lesley J. Douglas PhD, CMHN, MFMH, Grad. Dip. Midwifery, BH (MH), Eilish P. O’Shea Pages: 442-444 First Published: 01 February 2022

Feature article

New Zealand’s mental health crisis, He Ara Oranga and the future Roger T Mulder, Tarun Bastiampillai, Anthony Jorm, Stephen Allison. NZMJ135(1548) 21 January 2022, pages 89-95.

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Kia ora! I’m Grant Brookes, a Nurse, Trade Unionist and NZNO past President now living in Pōneke Wellington, New Zealand with my partner and two children. Since graduating in 1996, I’ve practised nursing in five cities in three countries. I’ve belonged to four nursing unions – and been a rep in three of them. This is my personal blog. There’s more about me and my time as President at

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