Survey reveals widespread racism.
Subject: Nurses (Surveys)
Nurses (Demographic aspects)
Racism (Surveys)
Medical societies (Demographic aspects)
Medical societies (Surveys)
Pub Date: 04/01/2012
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: April, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 3
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses; 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners; 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation; New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 288872529
Full Text: Preliminary results from NZNO's online survey of members who have joined the organisation within the last five years are revealing some very interesting issues, according to NZNO researcher LEonie Walker.

The survey has had a "pleasing" response rate of 25 per cent, with more than 2000 responses. Distinct cohorts within the respondents are emerging, including older United Kingdom nurses who come to New Zealand and intend to retire here, and considerably younger Filipino nurses, who are unsure of how long they will remain.

One of the preliminary results is the "widespread and shocking" racism experienced by overseas-trained nurses, who make up the bulk of NZNO's new members over the last five years. The racism was reported both by New Zealand trained-and overseas-trained nurses, including patients not wanting to be nursed by overseas trained nurses, Walker said. Racism was more commonly experienced by Asian and Indian nurses.

Other issues to emerge from the preliminary analysis of results were dissatisfaction about NZNO's fee increase, effective from the beginning of this month, and disappointment with the outcome of the NZNO/district health board multi-employer collective agreement. There was also a lack of knowledge about the services and member benefits available to NZNO members.

The results revealed some improvements in membership satisfaction, particularly around communications, the website and e-newsletters.

The survey responses were providing "very rich data" for the organisation to use to improve its engagement with newer and overseas-trained members. "Overseas-trained nurses now make up one quarter of NZNO's membership but they do not engage with the organisation to that extent. From the survey will emerge specific projects around improving engagement and support for this group of members, and training for NZNO delegates and staff to better support our overseas-trained members" Walker said.

Another interesting issue arising from the survey is how long some of the overseas-trained nurses intend to stay in New Zealand. "A majority of overseas-trained respondents don't know whether, or for how long, they are going to stay in New Zealand. With overseas-trained nurses making up a quarter of the nursing workforce, it is vital for workforce planning that Health Workforce New Zealand understand the proportions of these nurses who intend staying here, and the implications, as our highly experienced but ageing workforce retires," Walker said.

She thanked all those who had responded to the survey for their thoughtful and rich responses.

Considerably more analysis of the results is needed, with a full report likely in August.
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