New era at nursing council.
Subject: Medical societies (Officials and employees)
Medical societies (Aims and objectives)
Chief executive officers (Appointments, resignations and dismissals)
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: 540 Executive changes & profiles; 220 Strategy & planning
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Persons: Named Person: Reed, Carolyn
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904181
Full Text: The Nursing Council is facing a new era, with acting chief executive/registrar for the Last five months, Carolyn Reed, appointed to the position permanently, a new chair, Margaret Southwick, and a major new research project to determine if the Council's current process is the best way of determining nurses' competence.

Announcing Reed's appointment, Southwick said Reed had a deep understanding of nursing issues and a strong background in nursing practice and education.

Reed is committed to working effectively with nursing colleagues. "We are all working toward a common goal, whatever our position."

She was the Council's education adviser before taking up the rote of acting chief executive/ registrar, when Marion Clark Left in August last year. She trained at Nelson Hospital and worked as a nurse for 15 years before completing a Masters degree and moving into nursing education at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, where she rose through the management ranks to dean of the health and social sciences faculty.

"I want to see the Nursing Council Lead by example and achieve a balance between preserving high standards of care and public safety, while being open and responsive to the changing environment. As we demand accountability from nurses, so too, we must be accountable and clearly communicate the thinking behind the Council's decisions."

To that end, the Council is beginning a major research project to determine if the way it currently measures competence--through hours in the job, competence assessment and professional development--is the best way to determine nurses' competence. The research will also feed into the Council's work to ensure nurses who come from other countries meet New Zealand standards, which is one of the major challenges facing the Council.

Reed hopes to help boost the popularity of nursing as a career and hopes a return of former nurses to the nursing workforce maybe an upside of the current economic environment. Reed wants to work with stakeholders on this issue.

The new council chair is dean of the faculty of health, education and social science at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua. Southwick was the only nomination for chair and replaces Bev Rayna, who did not seek re-election. She has served on the Council for nine years and said she was honoured to have been elected and was looking forward to continuing the work of Council.

Prioirities for the year included getting the Council operating effectively under its new chief executive. "Clearly having a new chief executive and a new council chair offer possibilities for redefining and refocusing the Council and its relationships Carolyn Reed with stakeholders," Southwick said.


As a person of part-Pacific heritage, Southwick said she was proud to be undertaking the role of council chair and was Leading a "very positive and committed Council".

Southwick received the Queen's Service Medal in this year's New Years Honours for her services to the Pacific Island community.

The deputy chair is Auckland-based nurse consultant, lecturer and neonatal nurse Deborah Rowe.

NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals echoed Southwick's comment that a new chair and chief executive offered new possibilities. "This is a new era and we are looking forward to moving into a new relationship with the Council where issues of contention can be worked through and differences explored. I hope we can get some real clarity about our roles vis a vis each other."

Nursing Council nominations

Earlier this month, a subgroup of NZNO's board of directors was to select an NZNO nomination for appointment to the Nursing Council, from a number of expressions of interest from NZNO members. The Ministry of Health had sought nominations for two health practitioner members and one Lay member. NZNO was granted a two-week extension to the original closing date for nominations on January 30. The subgroup was also to consider an NZNO candidate for the Midwifery Council.

* New Zealand now has 50 nurse practitioners (NP), with American-trained Camille Davis bringing up the half century. Davis runs a paediatric clinic within Pukekohe Family Health Care Centre, a large rural primary health care clinic. (See Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, November 2008, p26.)

Of the 50 NPs, 30 have prescribing rights. In speciality practice areas, primary health has 15 NPs, neonatal care seven, adult cardiac care four and respiratory nursing and wound care each have three NPs. The remainder are working in a wide range of speciality practice areas.
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