Diabetes skills framework launched.
Subject: Medical societies (Services)
Registered nurses (Practice)
Registered nurses (Training)
Professional development (Methods)
Diabetes (Care and treatment)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information; 200 Management dynamics; 280 Personnel administration
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations; 8043110 Nurses, Registered NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations; 8049 Offices of health practitioners, not elsewhere classified
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904204
Full Text: A National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework is to have its national launch in Hastings on February 23. The launch is being hosted by the Hawke's Bay District Health Board (DHB), the Ministry of Health and NZNO's diabetes nurse specialist section.

Presentations at the one-day workshop following the launch will be given by framework author and nurse practitioner at MidCentral DHB Helen Snell; staff from the Western Institute of Technology where the framework is being used to redevelop a postgraduate paper for health professionals in diabetes; organisations that have already used the framework in the professional development of primary health care nurses, and the accreditation board of the diabetes nurse specialist section. The workshop will explore how the framework is being implemented and its future potential.

Snell has been working on the framework for the last three years. It has been developed to assist all registered nurses to demonstrate they are competent in providing the required care and education for people with diabetes and related co-morbidities, whatever their practice setting. To promote best practice, the framework is linked to national guidelines, standards of practice and the Nursing Council's competencies for registration. "All nurses, regardless of their area of practice, are likely to have contact with people with diabetes and will therefore require some level of capability in diabetes nursing care," said Snell.

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As well as having implications for nurses in all practice settings, the framework will be relevant to employers, professional development and recognition programmes, and in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education curriculum development. It seeks to minimise risk by ensuring all staff know the standard of care required in the specialty and are capable to provide that care.

"For nurses undertaking the diabetes nurses' specialist accreditation pathway, this framework is an effective tool to assist them in preparing their specialist portfolio," said chair of the diabetes specialist section Mary Yiannoutsos.

The framework will be on the NZNO website (www.nzno.org.nz) later this month.
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