Celebrating college and section achievements.
(Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Medical societies (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Medical societies (Appreciation)
|Publication:||Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032|
|Issue:||Date: Sept, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 8|
|Product:||Product Code: 8043100 Nurses; 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners; 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations|
|Organization:||Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation; New Zealand Nurses Organisation|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand|
Around 50 nurses attended the NZNO college and section day last
month, held before the NZNO conference. All four NZNO colleges were
represented, along with 15 sections, with only the gastroenterology
nurses' section not represented.
Opening speaker was National Party MP and a member of the Health Select Committee Jackie Blue, standing in for Health Minister Tony Ryall. Reading his speech notes, Blue, a former GP and New Zealand's first breast physician, described nurses as the backbone of New Zealand's health services.
Ryall's speech covered a number of government achievements related to nursing, and an outline of some priority areas. The government's voluntary bonding scheme had so far been taken up by 1424 nurses, 220 doctors, and 179 midwives--"a fantastic response--especially from nurses," Blue said.
The major issue facing the government, however, was how the health service would cope with a doubling of demand over the next 10 years within a constrained funding environment. "We can't double the size of our hospitals or our workforce to meet that challenge. But we can rethink and change the way we do things.
"We can find new innovative ways to provide health care and we can adjust job descriptions to fit where it is appropriate."
Priorities included shifting services from hospital to primary and community care; delivering a wider range of services as close to peoples' homes as safely as possible; improving access to affordable care and improved health outcomes; and supporting people in their own homes as long as possible. "Nurses are playing key roles in the delivery of these government priorities."
Initiatives included a specialist primary care gerontology nursing role in Waitemata DHB and the reinstatement of the enrolled nurse (EN)role.
Blue said government had funded 634 new graduate and 900 postgraduate positions in the year to date. However, this issue provoked some debate, with delegates criticising the limited places on nurse-entry-to-practice programmes, district health boards choosing to employ overseas-trained nurses rather than local new graduates, and some new graduates having to work in rest-homes without sufficient clinical knowledge and experience.
A small number of nurses had expanded conditions on their scope of practice, Blue said, including theatre nurses performing as first surgical assistants and nurse colposcopists. "Nurses are in the box seat as far as expanded practice is concerned; you are leading the way," Blue said.
The rest of the programme included reports from each section and college about their year's activities; perspectives from the board of directors; and a new initiative, the three-minute idol, during which colleges and sections presented one key issue in a novel way. The inaugural winner was the national gerontology nurses' section.
Newly appointed professional nursing adviser Lorraine Ritchie gave a presentation drawn from her PhD studies on the coping mechanisms of success, survival and struggle. Successful nurses and patients had an outward, future-looking focus, she said. They were able to surmount difficulties, had a variety of resources to call upon and good social networks. Those in surviving mode hoped to improve their status while "the struggling self" usually suffered from dashed hopes. Ritchie challenged attendees to consider what kind of nurses they were and which category they fitted into.
College of Emergency Nurses' vice chair Iona Bichan led a session on how to write and present a submission to a parliamentary select committee, describing this as "bedside to Beehive advocacy". Only three things were needed for a good submission, she said: passion, preparation and presentation. NZNO's submission template also provided a good framework. In preparing to give an oral submission, presenters should focus on three key points and be prepared for questions.
Report by co-editor Anne Manchester
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