One-day forum for emergency nurses.
Subject: Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Emergency nursing (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Author: Taylor, Karen
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 9
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
Accession Number: 271050301
Full Text: This year, in view of New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup, the College of Emergency Nurses (CENNZ) decided to hold a one-day forum instead of the usual three-day conference. This was held on August 20 at the Hutt Hospital Learning Centre. The forum took a hands-on approach, and was run by the national committee, rather than a local organising group.

Having only one day meant the speakers and workshops were tightly run and attendees had to be on the bail to make sure they got to all their sessions on time. The committee members were vigilant timekeepers, so no-one missed out and there was still plenty of time for socialising at the end of a very busy, successful day.

Divided into two streams--practical workshops and leadership--the forum also included some joint sessions. Acting director of nursing at Hurt Valley District Health Board (DHB), Michelle Halford, opened the day. With Hutt Hospital being the home of the regional burns centre, it was only fitting that nurse educator, plastics, Angeline Upchurch should speak about acute management of burn injuries. The audience certainly appreciated her advice, as well as her graphic powerpoint pictures.

Later in the day, the recipient of a previous MedXus research award, Chris Kippax, presented her research results for the Hutt Hospital emergency department (ED) nurse-led clinic project. She was followed by Christchurch ED nurse Kate Cooper who gave a moving presentation about the effects of the earthquakes on their ED and staff.

In the workshop stream, Eleanor Herd from Starship Hospital and Gabrielle Redmond from Hutt Hospital ran a workshop focusing on paediatric resuscitation scenarios. They both highlighted the importance of thorough assessment when children present to hospital with acute, non-accidental injuries.

Waikato Hospital nurses Wendy Sinclair and Lynnie Baines presented on wound assessment and the choice of repair methods. Following their presentation, a practical demonstration and teaching session on suturing were held. Waikato will be hosting the CENNZ national conference in 2012, so we are looking forward to more from these two next year.

Hurt Valley DHB duly authorised officers Jo Lambert and Steve Lowes presented on acute mental health presentations. They focused on identifying those at high risk of suicide or self-harm, and provided the audience with tools to help identify risk factors. They also reminded us of the legislation surrounding mental health assessment and treatment.

Last but not least, Auckland DHB ED nurse practitioner Michael Geraghty presented on x-ray interpretation. He highlighted the importance of ordering x-rays correctly and viewing the injury from more than one angle. Each workshop was well attended and generated much discussion, with members expressing benefits to their practice.

The leadership stream had a useful session on assessing nurse competence, with a focus on good employment practice, led by NZNO's competency adviser Pauline Cook. NZNO lawyer Margaret Barnett-Davidson presented on legal issues for nurse managers, while Safe Staffing Healthy Workplaces Unit director Jane Lawless led an interactive workshop on care capacity demand management. She also updated the group on the unit's work. Dunedin ED nurse Justin Moore spoke about benchmarking ED nurse staffing. He has suggested a national repository where all EDs can lodge their staffing mix.

Cunningly, the AGM was slotted into the afternoon sessions, anecdotal evidence having suggested this is when many attendees go shopping. The shameless use of spot prizes may also have contributed to the effortless attainment of a quorum. New officers were appointed without much ado and the departing committee members thanked for their sterling work. As with many AGMs, there was some spirited discussion; this time about funding for postgraduate study. The committee picked up some directions from members for work to concentrate on for the year ahead, and the AGM finished on time.

NZNO professional nursing adviser Suzanne Rolls summed up the day with reference to the current political context of health in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

The national committee found it challenging to run the annual conference from out of town and a lot of the work fell to the Wellington regional representative and outgoing secretary Karen Blair. With the committee's assistance from a distance and some co-opted local colleagues, Karen and the team ensured the day went smoothly. The food was both excellent and abundant, and everyone enjoyed networking with colleagues from around the country. The trade stands also had a captive (and willing) audience.

Next year's conference in the Waikato will return to being a two- to three-day event run by a regional group.

Report by college vice chair Iona Bichan and Chatham Islands Health Centre nurse Karen Taylor
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