Lat­est nurs­ing re­search pre­sented

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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