Establishing a Primary Health Care college.
Subject: Nursing schools (Planning)
Medical societies (Services)
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; 220 Strategy & planning Computer Subject: Company business planning
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904187
Full Text: NZNO's Primary Health Care (PHC) Nursing Advisory Committee is to act as a steering group for work on the establishment of a PHC nurses' college. This decision was made at a special meeting at the end of last month, called by NZNO's board of directors. The meeting included representatives from the advisory committee, the College of Practice Nurses, district nurse, respiratory, public health, mental health, children and young people, diabetes and Pacific nurses' sections. It was also attended by Te Runanga and board representatives, and NZNO staff, including chief executive Geoff Annals.

The meeting followed conflict arising from the decision of the New Zealand College of Practice Nurses to change its name to the New Zealand College of Primary Health Care Nurses, NZNO, which was made at its AGM in May last year.


The proposed name change was opposed by the advisory council and a number of other sections, in particular the district and public health nurses' sections, who felt the new college did not give them proper representation.

NZNO president Marion Guy (pictured above) said a new PHC structure was very much needed. "Understandably, the college is extremely disappointed the board decided to turn down its proposed name change. College members have worked hard over the last five years to meet the criteria for the change, including broadening its membership criteria and documentation.

"I am confident a new college of PHC nurses will finally emerge, but it will take a tot of time to get all PHC nursing groups on board. The advisory committee will need to be widened so all interested parties are represented. The college has already done the documentation work, so there is no need to start reinventing the wheel."

College of practice nurses' chair, Debbie Davies, said the college encouraged NZNO and the advisory committee to identify an expedient timeframe, to select briskly key stakeholders and pursue the most pragmatic solutions to forge the path forward.

Despite many people's hurts and frustrations, Guy said she hoped, in the end, all interested parties would be able to move on and into the new model together.
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