Encouraging students to become politically active.
Subject: Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nursing students (Political aspects)
Medical care (Laws, regulations and rules)
Medical care (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Medical care (New Zealand)
Pub Date: 10/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 540 Executive changes & profiles; 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Canadian Subject Form: Medical care (Private); Medical care (Private); Medical care (Private) Computer Subject: Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 8000001 Medical & Health Services; 9105210 Health Care Services; 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 62 Health Care and Social Assistance; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs; 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179365
Full Text: NZNO is an organisation of 45,000 members but it is not "45,000 strong", outgoing National Student Unit chair Sara Mason told conference. In her presentation "leadership, an attribute for future nurses", she spoke on the importance of attracting nursing students into the union and of them becoming politically active.

"If a larger proportion of NZNO's members participated more, we would be a stronger and more vibrant union. As nurses, we must use our knowledge and influence to bring about change and to prepare the next generation to face an antagonistic political environment and daily workplace challenges."

As facilitators of care for patients, nurses were uniquely placed to understand health care needs and to advocate for patients and policies that improved health care, she said. On clinical placements students did not learn about how hospitals were run or about union activity or health cuts. "These issues are as much a part of nursing as practical skills. It is imperative to share information with the future workforce."

Mason urged nurses to discuss with students and new graduate nurses current health care policies, the financial ramifications of cutbacks on nurses and how to be involved in consultation processes. "We need the tools and knowledge of other nurses so our voices are heard at a political level."

Other presentations were: a parish-based primary health care initiative in South Auckland given by Counties Manukau District Health Board primary health care (PHC) team leader Karyn Sangster and PHC nurse specialist Meg Goodman (see Kai Tiald Nursing New Zealand, July 2010, pp26-27); a joint research project between the district nurses' section and the New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care looking at district nursing services throughout the country, presented by one of the nurse researchers Capital and Coast DHB nurse educator, Emma Hickson (the other is Denise White from MidCentral DHB); and the first draft of 2020 and Beyond: A vision for nursing, by NZNO's nursing policy adviser/ researcher Jill Clendon. Clendon urged delegates to read and give feedback on the draft document, which is due with the board next April.

Delegates could attend two of four workshops: a progress report on the revised scope of practice for enrolled nurses; changes to the Accident Compensation Corporation which will affect nursing; retirement saving options and pitfalls; and solidarity and Te Rau Kokiri.
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