Minto to head new college.
Subject: Chairpersons (Appointments, resignations and dismissals)
Medical societies (Officials and employees)
Pub Date: 08/01/2010
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: August, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 540 Executive changes & profiles
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Persons: Named Person: Minto, Rosemary
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 236247975
Full Text: Long-time practice nurse, former chair of the College of Practice Nurses NZNO, and a nurse practitioner in adult family health at a Katikati general practice, Rosemary Minto, is the inaugural chair of NZNO's new College of Primary Health Care Nurses. At the first executive meeting last month, following the launch of the college in June, Minto was elected as chair, with another former chair of the College of Practice Nurses, Debbie Davies, elected as deputy chair.

The college includes practice, public health, district, sexual health, prison, school and rural nurses and nurses working for Maori and iwi health providers. Achieving the vision of a college for PHC nurses, who in the past may not have had a professional "home", was a great feeling and an exciting time, Minto said.

Stressing that she was speaking personally, Minto sees the biggest challenge facing the 2000-strong college as maintaining links with existing members and reaching new members. "Without an effective communication network we will be unable to achieve any goals. Our first priority will be to ensure we build the strategic plan, operational plan and communication strategy together."

Minto wants to ensure the college has an effective collective voice in the current political environment. "We need to effect change at every policy level within health and the other sectors that impact on health outcomes. The college already has a strong base for this because of the work and influence of each college and section before merging."

Uniting different nursing groups into the college, which had with one clear vision for PHC nursing, meant greater political power. "It will ensure the college has a much broader view of legislative and funding implications and a very valid perspective when advocating for or against proposed national policy changes."

There would always be nurses who were not interested in the political aspects of nursing and health care. "Our job will be to provide opportunities for these nurses to recognise there is no possible way to separate politics from nursing, from the workplace to the national and international faces of nursing. Most PHC nurses will recognise that what happens in the Beehive affects our clients. Unfortunately this is usually most evident with funding cuts that affect nursing and allied health services," Minto said.


She said members had a responsibility to engage with the college. The college's standing committees would be a big part of providing the "voices" of the various groups of nurses within the college. Nurses still had a lot to learn from each other in terms of the different PHC/community roles and the college provided a great opportunity to begin to break down historic barriers and assumptions, Minto said.

"When nursing groups begin to understand each other's roles better, and communicate more effectively, this must make a difference to nursing services. If we can role model this change within the college and provide more opportunities for PHC nurses to share and network nationally, then nurses should become more collaborative in their workplaces and that can only positively affect the provision of nursing services. Effectively influencing policy and legislation formulation and implementation locally, regionally and nationally, will be a key success factor for the college," she said.

Minto, while excited about her new role, admits to some trepidation. "It is a very big role at a time of major change in health."
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