Latest nursing research presented
Around 35 nurses from around Te Tai Tokerau gathered at NorthTec’s Raumanga campus recently to hear about new research carried out by the polytechnic’s nursing department and other nurses in Northland.
The second annual nursing showcase explored topics including the importance of emotional intelligence, the workreadiness of current nursing graduates, and assisting the employment uptake of Ma¯ori graduates.
Presenters from NorthTec and the Northland DHB engaged in wide-ranging discussions with the group, with a focus on evidence-based practice and promoting cohesion between the region’s main nurse training provider and different health settings.
A collaborative research project between NorthTec and the DHB, supporting effective documentation in clinical practice, was presented by senior lecturer Zoe Williamson and professional development and recognition programme (PDRP) co-ordinator Michelle Panov. NorthTec lecturer Lizzie Carroll-Thom outlined her work on emotional intelligence and competence, and the implications for the education of student nurses, while clinical co-ordinator Norma Scobie presented the results of her collaborative research with the DHB into the work-readiness of NorthTec nursing graduates.
Lecturer Anne Clubb talked about the experience of internationally qualified nurses transitioning into practice as New Zealand Registered Nurses, both clinically and culturally, while colleague Pipi Barton delivered a session on nursing and Ma¯ori health disparity.
A clinical presentation by DHB clinical educator Kate Burson explained the results of a study into reducing catheterassociated urinary tract infection.
The day ended with a presentation by senior lecturer Jeanette Briscoe on strategies to facilitate the employment of Ma¯ori graduate nurses, followed by a question and answer session around enhancing collaboration between education and clinical practice environments.
Organiser Dr Bev MacKay, NorthTec’s head of nursing, said the showcase was an important event in the region’s nursing calendar.
“It is an opportunity for us to share the findings of our ongoing research projects, and to work closely with those already in practice to further develop the region’s nursing workforce and to promote evidence-based practice,” she said.