Last symposium for district nurse's section.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Antibiotics (Dosage and administration)
Ulcers (Care and treatment)
Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Drugs (Dosage and administration)
Drugs (Methods)
Author: Stewart, Anne
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
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 2834 Pharmaceutical preparations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179377
Full Text: The last district nurses' section symposium was held in July in Invercargill, attended by more than 70, mostly South Island district nurses. Future symposia will now come under the auspices of the new College of Primary Health Care Nurses.

Hamish McMurdo gave a patient's perspective on surviving dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans of the occipital bone. Clinical director of Southland Hospice, Christian Robold, gave an overview of palliative care in the community and the centrality of "knowing" the patient and their family. This has emerged as the essential antecedent to providing optimum care, he said.

Intravenous nurse specialist Peter Boon and infectious diseases consultant Massimo Giola, both from Southland Hospital, jointly presented the clinical challenge in the overuse of antibiotics and developing a home intravenous programme to treat patients with longer-term antibiotic regimes.

Other sessions included understanding canine behaviour and how to avoid a dog attack; the treatment of non-healing ulcers; and reflecting on our own practice, beliefs and values to build resilience and develop insight into our work-life balance.

Report by district nurse Anne Stewart
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