Standarising practice for allergy nurses.
Subject: Allergic reaction (Educational aspects)
Allergic reaction (Care and treatment)
Allergy (Educational aspects)
Allergy (Care and treatment)
Nursing associations (Standards)
Nursing associations (Services)
Author: Stephens, Simone
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
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: August, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 350 Product standards, safety, & recalls; 360 Services information
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 266344857
Full Text: The New Zealand Clinical Immunology and Allergy Group (NZCIAG)--Nurses Division has developed practice recommendations for nurses working in the allergy field. The group believes there is a need for standardisation, due to the growth among nurses of allergy investigation, education and treatment delivery.

NZCIAG comprises immunologists, allergists, specialist immunology and allergy nurses, and allied health professionals working in the fields of immunology and allergy.

NZCIAG's nursing members held their first forum late last year. The nursing division is committed to setting high standards of nursing practice, promoting continuing professional education and (supporting) nursing research. However, we have been concerned that independent nurses and allied health professionals are developing their own education, diagnostic and interventional tools, without the support of or reference to, recognised allergy professionals, governing bodies or published regional guidelines. As a group of expert nurses in this field, we have developed five recommendations as minimum requirements for safe practice:

* All nurses practising in the scope of immunology and allergy should become associate members of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (

* All nurses should complete a professional certificate in allergy nursing, which is offered through the University of South Australia.

* Documents put out by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy should be used as the basis for practice locally.

* Patients should be directed to the not-for-profit society Allergy New Zealand (www.allergy. for support and educational material.

* Nurses practising in allergy education and treatment should have access to an allergy support pathway, either via a medical practitioner or a regional allergy medical and/or nursing specialist.

We believe ali nurses should be aware of these recommendations, including those working in associated specialties like dermatology and asthma, as this will promote best practice and improve outcomes for patients with allergic conditions.

Further information is available from nurse members of NZCIAG. Email Pauline Brown on, Simone Stephens on, or Abbey Kingston-Burke on Abbey.Kingston_Burke@

Report by Auckland allergy research nurse

Simone Stephens
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