Collaboration for perioperative nurses.
Subject: Nursing schools (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Health care teams (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Perioperative care (Educational aspects)
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
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: August, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 7
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 266344856
Full Text: The Perioperative Nurses College (PNC), NZNO, held its AGM early last month in Wellington. For Canterbury West Coast region representative, Miranda Pope, the day was tinged with sadness. Her region would have been hosting the annual PNC conference and AGM, if the February 22 earthquake had not occurred.

"We had worked hard to put together a great programme for this conference, which would have been held at the Christchurch Convention Centre," said Pope. "But the building remains closed and may even have to be demolished. The organising committee found it hard to cancel the conference, but there was no option. This event was another casualty of our damaged city."

No major decisions were made at the AGM, as these have ali been deferred until next year's conference in Wellington. However, regional reports were received and some awards made.

In her report, college chair Leigh Anderson summarised the major work of the national committee over the last year. Healthy working relationships continue with board members of the New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians Society. The two committees endeavour to meet annually on an ad hoc basis to discuss clinical and professional issues.

The college is increasingly active in the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses. Anderson attended the AGM ar the South African Theatre Sisters congress in Johannesburg in May. She noted closer ties being forged between the PNC and the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) and a call for the two bodies to provide professional support for theatre nurses in Papua New Guinea.

Working with ACORN members

"Trans-Tasman ties continue to develop between ACORN and PNC," Anderson said. "Current ACORN president Vicky Warrick and I have been working on increasing communications. Under discussion is publishing in each other's journals; reciprocal agreement for conferences; and the development of an Australasian Perioperative Nurses Day. We are also looking at increasing communication and sharing resources among Pacific nations."

The second Global Summit on Perioperative Nursing was held in Dublin, Ireland, in May, attended by delegates from 42 countries, mostly chairs or presidents from perioperative associations around the world. Anderson believes this summit is developing into an invaluable networking platform.

Anaesthetic technicians have now secured a board for their registration--the Medical Laboratory Science Board, which is to be renamed the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand.

PNC continues to work collaboratively with post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU) nurses to ensure its conference content and standards meet the needs of PACU nurses.


In February this year, NZNO professional nursing adviser Suzanne Rolls, PNC national secretary Berice Beach and Anderson met with the Medial Imaging Nurses New Zealand (MINNZ) representative on PNC, Fiona Unac, to review the integration of PNC and MINNZ. The MINNZ group has made a significant effort to engage in PNC activities. Two pages in the PNC journal The Dissector are dedicated to MINNZ news, while MINNZ members have access to NZNO and PNC grants and scholarships.
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