College/section day.
Article Type: Conference news
Subject: Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Authors: Ritchie, Lorraine
Manchester, Anne
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
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179374

A chance to network, celebrate achievements and discuss professional issues affecting nurses and nursing was the main purpose of NZNO's colleges' and sections' day last month. Around 40 nurses--two representatives from each of the 20 colleges and sections--attended the day, held immediately before NZNO's conference. Only two sections--Nurses for children and young people of Aotearoa and the gastroenterology nurses' section--did not attend. The day was organised by professional nursing adviser Anne Brinkman and members of the nursing research section (NRS) committee. Many speakers acknowledged Christchurch members who were unable to attend the day due to the aftermath of the September 4 earthquake in that city.

In her opening comments, Dame Margaret Bazley acknowledged the development of special interest groups during her presidency of NZNA from 1972-74. Her work these days, she said, largely involved consultancy and acting as chair on various boards of governance. Her key message, learnt from her vast experience, was the importance of communication and keeping channels for communicating open. Identifying the common values and synergies in an organisation, then moving forward to achieve best outcomes was also important, she said.

An overview of activities

Each college and section chair presented an overview of its committee's activities in the past year, such as responding to submissions on behalf of NZNO, hosting conferences, conducting research and the challenge of ongoing communication with wider college and section members. It was clear many groups were engaged nationally with the Ministry of Health and other national bodies. A particular welcome was extended to the newly formed College of Primary Health Care Nurses which has a membership of 2000 members.

Survey results

NRS chair Lorraine Ritchie fed back the results of a recent survey circulated to all colleges and sections by the NRS committee. The survey was targeted at chairs and questioned them about their thoughts, opinions and experience of being in the chairperson's role. Nine section chairs responded to the survey, an approximately 50 percent response rate. The majority of chairs agreed that networking was the best part of the role for them. Many felt their leadership skills had been developed and they enjoyed being involved in raising the profiles of their sections. Many said they would like more support as they entered the role (such as being mentored or receiving leadership training) and learning more about NZNO, its levels and structures and how they all fitted together. A full report of the results will appear on the NRS website soon.

Responding to the winds of change

Professional services manager Susanne Trim spoke of the winds of change in the Ministry of Health and the impact the new National Health Board and Health Workforce NZ (HWNZ) would have on nurses and their work. "The agenda of these new boards is to change models of care, alter skill mixes and move to a regional approach for some services," she said. "In this time of rapid and unprecedented change, nursing groups have identified very clearly we need to stand and work together as much as possible."

Trim said she had heard of sections and colleges being approached directly to provide representation onto HWNZ groups. "It is critical NZNO knows what working parties are being established, what is being requested and who the NZNO representatives will be. In this way, they will have the appropriate information and NZNO support and a good communication flow will be established."

Developing a vision for nursing

NZNO nursing policy adviser/researcher Jill Clendon gave a presentation on her recently developed 2020 and Beyond: A vision for nursing paper, which considers the rote of nurses and nursing in New Zealand over the next decade. The background document begins by outlining the key assumptions and values that underpin nursing practice in New Zealand, taken largely from the NZNO code of ethics and social policy document. It also looks at a number of areas that will impact on nursing in the future, including demographic trends in general and those specific to nursing, technology, treatment modalities and global issues.

"Nurses must advocate for all health and social policies to demonstrate how the social determinants of health and inequalities in health will be addressed," the document says. "Health is a human right and it is well known that primary health care is the most effective approach to addressing these issues." The document is being circulated for feedback, with the aim to have a final vision ready by early to mid next year.

Rhonda Griffiths the highlight

The highlight of the clay was a lecture given by guest speaker, head of the school of nursing and midwifery at the University of Western Sydney, Rhonda Griffiths. She discussed collaborative research projects she has been involved in with community groups, using case studies to illustrate these. Of critical importance was developing clear research questions to identify, among other things, the study population and interventions of interest, she said.

Griffiths led two workshops in the afternoon, looking at promoting evidence-based practice and using quality appraisal tools when examining research and research methodologies in journal articles. Having good critical appraisal skills was important, she said, in order to discriminate between strong and weak evidence, and for nurses to have confidence in using evidence in their decision making. By using the tools she highlighted, editors of college and section journals could peer review potential publications. Nurses needed to critique evidence presented to them--especially regarding proposals of change in practice--by developing alternative proposals with stronger evidence.

Report compiled by Lorraine Ritchie and Anne Manchester
Gale Copyright: Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.