Meeting children's health needs.
Children (Health aspects)
Children (Care and treatment)
|Publication:||Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032|
|Issue:||Date: March, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 2|
|Topic:||Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management|
|Product:||Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand|
The title of our section--Nurses for Children and Young People of Aotearoa (NCYPA)--is a bit of a mouthful, and we are working on it, but it is descriptive of who we are. The NCYPA committee has eight members, supported by professional nursing adviser Kate Weston. All committee members are employed in a broad range of community and hospital settings concerned with the health of babies, children and young people. More information about us can be found on www.nzno.org.nz/groups/sections/ children_young_people. Membership is free to NZNO members, and you can join online by navigating a simple application form on the website.
NCYPA provides a network through which opinions, knowledge and skills can be shared and the unique health needs of children and young people can be recognised. Most importantly, we comment on any legislation affecting babies, children and young people. We also provide an opportunity for nurses undertaking travel to conferences to apply for a grant.
A major focus this year is to follow the commentary on the Government's Green Paper for Vulnerable Children. In November 2011, we posted a link to the paper on our home page and invited nurses to read it and make comments, either by email or by bringing their ideas to the NCYPA conference in Auckland. Following the conference, the feedback was collated and our submission sent to the government. The link to the Green Paper is still on our website. You can read Children's Commissioner Russell Wills' blog on aspects of the Green Paper at www.occ.org. nz/blog_listing. An article about NZNO's submission on the paper is on pl5 in this issue. It is also discussed in the editorial on p2. Some of the points in our submission included a call for parenting courses to build resilience and coping skills; education to be specifically targeted at mothers-to-be at risk of becoming poor parents; the establishment of a Ministry for Children and a national child and youth health register; free health care for 0-18-year-olds; and screening and follow-up of all pregnant women.
Gaining college status
We continue to work through the process of attaining "college status". By becoming a college we will have increased professional status on an equal footing with other colleges (like the neonatal nurses' college). We will be partners in the Australian online publication Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing journal. We will also have developed our knowledge and skills framework. This describes everything we must know and do to be safe and effective nurses of babies and children and young people. The principles in this document will be a benchmark on which future nursing protocols and procedures affecting our young population can be based. It will also be aligned with the competencies set out by the Nursing Council for registered nurses.
These two conference might be of interest to members:
* Kids Trauma Conference, Auckland, May 4, 2012. For information, go to www.trauma.org. nz or email email@example.com.
* Babies, Children and Alcohol conference, Wellington, March 22, 2012. See www.alcoholaction.co.nz for more information. The keynote speaker is Children's Commissioner Russell Wills.
For a wide range of local and international seminars and conferences, log onto the Paediatric Society website www.paediatrics.org.nz and click on events and conferences.
Report by section vice chair Becky Conway
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