Research project makes progress.
Subject: Research institutes (Alliances and partnerships)
Nursing (Research)
Nursing (Management)
Author: Hendry, Chris
Pub Date: 10/01/2010
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: Oct, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 389 Alliances, partnerships Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8519000 Research & Development NEC; 8510000 Research & Development NAICS Code: 5417 Scientific Research and Development Services
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179375
Full Text: A rich picture of the valuable work being done by district nurses in every nook and cranny of the country is gradually being built, thanks to the Ministry of Health-supported district nursing research project.

The project has been underway since April and is a collaboration between NZNO and the New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care. Key researchers are MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) clinical nurse specialist Denise White and Capital and Coast DHB nurse educator/lecturer Emma Hickson. Guidance is being provided by institute director Chris Hendry and NZNO researcher Leonie Walker.

By mid-August all research questionnaires and service activity data had been returned to the research team. This revealed 68 different health services throughout the country contracted to provide district nursing.

To ensure a complete profile of district nursing activities and their breadth of service cover was captured, White and Hickson collected sets of valuable information from each of these providers. They also spoke with the nurses/ managers from each service and, as a result, have a plethora of data to work with. This data tells a wonderful story that we will be shaping up over the next few months. We would like to thank the nurses, managers and service providers who generously gave of their time to contribute to this project.


Following the production of the first report for the Ministry of Health, the next steps will be to develop exemplars of district nursing innovations throughout the country. A list of innovation projects with contact details of those working on them has been created for future reference. Some of the most advanced innovations will be studied to measure their impact on the nursing workforce and service outcomes. One of the challenges for us is to demonstrate the impact of district nursing services on patient outcomes and the interface of these services with other community-based primary health care providers. Demand for home-based nursing services is likely to increase, particularly in line with the government's focus on "better, sooner, more convenient" primary health care services.

Report by Institute of Community Health Care director Chris Hendry
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