Outside the Square.
|Article Type:||Conference news|
(Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nursing schools (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
|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: June, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 5|
|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|
Outside the Square, the theme of this years annual conference of
the New Zealand College of Practice Nurses (NZPNC) NZNO, reflected the
diversity of activities within primary health care (PHC).
Held from May 1-3 in Palmerston North, the conference was hosted by the college's Manawatu division and attended by 270 delegates. Following an opening by town crier Caroline Robinson, keynote speaker and master of ceremonies David Nottage dared all to dream and set a "big hairy audacious goat", one so high, it seemed impossible to attain. He talked of opportunity--which passes many of us by. His challenge to us was to pick a day in the future, and say "yes" to every opportunity that presents itself on that day.
Speakers included paediatric allergy nurse specialist Pauline Brown, speaking on treating eczema in children; Mia Carroll, Judy Kitpatrick and Diane Newland discussing postgraduate PHC education; Auckland University educator Perrin Rowland on Learning outside the classroom--building online nursing education communities; nurse specialists Renee Clements and Nicola Lean on paediatric analgesia and distraction; Sharon Ponniah on the asthma campaign space to breath--He Tapu te Ha; sex therapist Robyn Salisbury on sexuality and the role of the practice nurse; and fertility educator Cassandra Woollett from Natural Fertility New Zealand.
A series of concurrent sessions covered areas such as wound care, travel medicine, lipids and infant brain development.
Our conference dinner had an optional dress code of "glad rags, posh frocks, tiara, pearls and bling" During the awards ceremony, the $500 Tall Poppy Award was presented to Helen Ashton from Midlands; an honorary life member award to long-time practice nurse Rosemary Minto, currently in the Falkland Islands; and NZCPN-NZNO service awards to: Anne Marsden of Wellington; Mary Anne Cameron, Rotorua; Diane Auld, Nelson; Sharon Colville, Midlands; Sharon Hansen, Otago; Diane Newland and Liss Lloyd, Tauranga; and Karon Lowe, Manawatu.
Keynote speaker on Sunday was current chair of the Welsh Practice Nurse Association Eileen Munson. She provided an insight into the challenges and rewards she has experienced during her tong and varied career as a practice nurse and naval officer.
In closing, national chair Debbie Davies handed the reins over to incoming chair Rachael Calverley from Whanganui, and delegates were informed of the changes occurring to the Practice Nurse journal. This will be released in June as LOGIC--Linking Opportunities Generating Interprofessional Collaboration.
Report by national committee secretary and co-editor of Practice Nurse, Brenda Bruning
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