Understanding keys to nursing leadership.
Subject: Trade and professional associations (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nursing education (Forecasts and trends)
Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Gerontology (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Author: Daltrey, Julie
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: 010 Forecasts, trends, outlooks Computer Subject: Market trend/market analysis
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns; 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 241179376
Full Text: Nearly 200 delegates representing the diversity of gerontology nursing attended the seventh national NZNO gerontology section conference in early August in Auckland. Issues covered ranged from the emotional needs of people with dementia, to how to maintain the spark of life, the nutritional needs of older people and physiological parameters.

A highlight of the two-day event was an address by Waikato-based learning facilitator Linda Hutchins whose topic was entitled "Who you are makes a difference!" She talked about the leader within us and that before we can lead others we need to understand and lead ourselves. This presentation received an overwhelmingly positive response. It was particularly pertinent to the aged-care sector where caregiving is often directed by registered nurses but delegated to unregulated health care workers. It was great to start the second day on such a positive note, as the challenges in the aged-care sector had been dearly discussed on day one. The six presentations from that first day are available on line at www.nzno.org.nz/groups/sections/ gerontology.

In the concurrent sessions, delegates heard about the development of an on-line palliative care education programme, national advance care planning progression and the effect of reducing medication for people with dementia in long-term care. This year, the organising committee engaged the services of Sally McGeorge to manage the registration process. She ensured the registration processes were professional and efficient, and the committee would like to thank her for her flexibility and problem-solving skills during the conference planning process.

The AGM was held at a breakfast meeting. The national committee farewelled two dedicated and long-serving members, Margaret Stevenson and Jan Featherston, both from the South Island. Over the years, they have regularly had to battle the weather and airline schedules to represent gerontology nursing at meetings and conferences. The committee will miss their knowledge and dedication. New members Gillian Meek from Rotorua, Louisa Liao from Christchurch and Elizabeth Langer from Dunedin were welcomed to the committee. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and some new dynamics. The first meeting of the new committee will be next month. One of the key activities for the new committee will be to work towards becoming a college, in line with NZNO's new policies around college formation.

Report by section member Julie Daltrey
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