Professional Development/PDRP


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    Using words not force

    28 November 2016

    The first national programme aimed at reducing and preventing restraint of mental health clients by boosting nurses' therapeutic communication skills was launched recently.

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    Nursing and the village grapevine: to share or not to share?

    27 March 2015

    *Small town nurse KIM CARTER is well aware of the Rapid Response Rural Grapevine (RRRG) and even more so after her recent wedding. She reflects on when to share and not to share with patients, and on finding the balance between building a therapeutic relationship and maintaining Code of Conduct professional boundaries.*

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    Young & experienced RNs honoured in Awards

    18 September 2014

    A young Plunket nurse working extensively with migrant families won the inaugural NZNO Young Nurse of the Year at an awards ceremony last night.

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    Upskilling mental health nurses

    3 August 2014

    Addiction lecturer and mental health nurse Dr DARYLE DEERING says people affected by mental health and addiction issues need a response from compassionate and skilled nurses.

April 2017 VOL. 15 (2)

February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)

October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)

August 2016 Vol. 16 (4)

  • Anne Hodren

    Career path: Plunket educator

    Seeing vulnerable children and stressed families on the paediatric ward gave ANNE HODREN the drive to nurse in the community to improve child health through prevention and early detection.

  • Leaha North

    Career Path: clinical nurse coordinator

    LEAHA NORTH knew when she was a girl playing hospital with her dolls that she wanted to work with children. After returning from a lengthy OE mostly spent paediatric nursing, she is also keen to work on reducing Māori health inequalities.

  • Jo Prior

    Career path: charge nurse manager

    Graduating in a tight job market saw JO PRIOR cross the Tasman for her first job. That job sparked an interest in emergency nursing into a passion that has seen her working within or near an ED for most of her career.

  • Donna Foxall

    Career path: senior nursing lecturer

    The chance to teach nursing students to become culturally competent healthcare professionals inspired DONNA FOXALL to swap working in primary healthcare for a career in nurse education.

  • Katrina OLeary

    Career path: clinical nurse specialist (trauma)

    “Get a master’s degree” is the single most important piece of career advice, believes clinical nurse specialist KATRINA O’LEARY, who discovered her love of study on arriving in New Zealand and is now contemplating her PhD.

  • Marianne Te Tau

    Career path: clinical nurse specialist (APAC)

    MARIANNE TE TAU’s career to date is being guided by the philosophy of reflective practice, pursuing professional development and being patient/whānau-centred.

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    Super city collaboration for better mental health

    A tsunami of mental health challenges on the horizon is helping to bring PHC nursing leaders across the Auckland isthmus together. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about the resulting collaborative project to upskill primary health nurses in mental health and addiction.

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    Professional boundaries: how close is too close

    When is a nurse at risk of jeopardising being a ‘good nurse’ in their eagerness to be a ‘good neighbour’ or ‘good teammate’? PATRICIA McCLUNIE-TRUST uses a case study to work through some of the professional boundary issues that nurses can face.

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    Cultural safety and relational practice: ways of being with ourselves and others

    How nurses relate to patients is integral to nursing. In their first article, KATRINA FYERS and SALLIE GREENWOOD looked at developing reflective skills to support self-knowledge and culturally safe practice. They now consider how self-knowledge enhances the concept of relational practice and draw examples from their research. 

June 2016 Vol. 16 (3)

April 2016 Vol 16 (2)

December 2015 Vol 15 (6)

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    Why aren’t nurses keeping ahead of the IT tsunami?

    Too few nurses are actively involved in the IT projects impacting on everyday nursing care of patients. Nursing Review reports on Kim Mundell’s recent speech to the National Nursing Informatics Conference on why more nurses need to be involved and what barriers may be getting in the way.

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    In Balance: The Fit Between Work and Other Life Commitments

    Is your New Year resolution to have a better “work-life balance” in 2016? As a Christmas and Summer bonus we have updated and re-published our first ever RRR professional development article & activity that looks at just that topic. 

October 2015 Vol 15 (5)

August 2015 Vol 15 (4)

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    Nurse leadership: having the bottle to make a difference

    Outrage at yet another bottle store opening in her down, but far from out, community stung Christchurch practice nurse KAREN CARPENTER into action. FIONA CASSIE talks to the Aranui nurse about her successful campaign, her resulting community leadership award and her realisation that nurses can make a difference.

  • To a Fereti

    Career path: clinical nurse director

    To’a Fereti shares her ‘accidental’ career path to be clinical nurse director in charge of 600 nurses – the first Pacific nurse to hold the post.

  • Mel Green Southern

    Career path: mental health nurse educator

    A tight job market on graduation saw MEL GREEN enter mental health, then a supportive new graduate programme after realising how nursing can make a difference to people’s mental illness experience. Leadership opportunities saw her make it a career.

  • Jinsu Shinoy

    Career path: aged residential care (clinical services manager)

    Migrating to New Zealand saw JINSU SHINOY fall into a job in residential aged care and never look back.

  • Elissa McDonald

    Career path: nursing school lecturer and researcher

    The eye is small and should be ‘pretty easy to learn’ thought ELISSA McDONALD but, an ophthalmology PhD later, the now nursing school lecturer knows how wrong she was.

  • Jessica Ongley

    Career path: clinical nurse specialist on NP pathway (private surgical hospital)

    Nursing mentors have been instrumental in helping clinical nurse specialist JESSICA ONGLEY along her career path towards her ultimate goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

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    Libraries: informing nurses anytime, anywhere

    What do today’s modern libraries offer nurses who walk through their doors or, more frequently, login online? FIONA CASSIE talks to district health board librarians VIV KERR and PETER MURGATROYD.

  • Jo Ann Walton

    Where are our nursing leaders? Closer than you think

    OPINION: JO ANN WALTON says it is time to stop hoping some ‘mythical matrons’ – a la Florence – will emerge to lead the nursing profession to new heights. Instead, she argues, it is time to recognise the everyday leaders working amongst us.

  • NETP: a decade of growth

    Ten years after introduction, nursing entry to practice (NETP) programmes are now seen as the established norm but demand for places outstrips jobs available. FIONA CASSIE reflects on a decade of NETP and talks to nurses about the very first NETP intakes.

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    Māori nurse educators: sustaining a Māori worldview

    NGAIRA HARKER says a plan to foster and grow the Māori nurse educator workforce is critical to meeting future health workforce needs.

June 2015 Vol 15 (3)

April 2015 Vol 15 (2)

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    Nursing procedures - a one-stop online shop for half the country

    Keeping nursing procedures up to date can be a tedious and neverending task. For the past three years, however, the five Midland region DHBs have been using a ‘Kiwified’ online nursing procedure service that is shortly to go live across the South Island. FIONA CASSIE finds out more.

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    Tips for a top nurse portfolio

    LIZ MANNING shares some simple tips on how to keep your nursing portfolio manageable, succinct, and of a good quality.

October 2014 Vol 14 (5)

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    New youth health nursing framework

    Better meeting the health needs of young people is a major aim of a new nursing framework.  FIONA CASSIE finds out more about the National Youth Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework, which outlines the essential skills all nurses should have, as well as those specialising in working with youth.

August 2014 Vol 14 (4)

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    More PHC nursing leaders needed with a capital ‘L’

    Public Hospitals had matrons, but publicly funded, privately owned general practices have no such nurse leadership tradition. In 2014, more than a decade on from the Primary Health Care (PHC) Strategy launch, nursing leadership in the sector remains ad hoc. FIONA CASSIE finds out more and why there are calls for PHC nursing to have a consistent leadership structure across the country – and soon.

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    Directors of nursing: Caught between a rock and a hard place?

    Are today’s directors of nursing “disempowered” and “disconnected”? Kerri-Ann Hughes’ PhD research attempts to “make sense” of where (and if) nursing power sits in New Zealand’s public hospital system.

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    Fast-track leadership path for new nurses

    Catch them young. Waikato DHB last year launched a leadership programme for high-flying nurses who stood out in their new graduate year. Some are now moving on to do their PhDs and other DHBs are adopting the model. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about the unabashedly “elitist” programme.

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    Career paths: Four nurses’ journeys

    Nursing Review once again asked some nurses from across the country in senior roles to tell us what path they followed to where they are today. They each have a good story to tell, from schoolgirl volunteering to careers being diverted by motherhood, and of job options closed in their chosen area but opening in another, plus the importance of role models and mentors. They share tips on career planning and the skills, qualities, and qualifications helpful in their roles.

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    Nurse endoscopists: the evolution of a new nursing role

    If New Zealand is to cut back the death rate from our second biggest cancer killer – bowel cancer – we need a bigger endoscopy workforce. After some years of investigation and preparation, Health Minister Tony Ryall fast-tracked the pace recently by announcing training of New Zealand’s first nurse endoscopists is to get underway early next year. FIONA CASSIE talks to Jenni Masters and Ruth Anderson about the big steps required to shift from wanting a new nursing role to making it a viable reality.

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    Maintaining appropriate boundaries with patients

    There’s a slippery slope between going the extra mile for a patient or their family and crossing the threshold into inappropriate behaviour. Nurse-turned-solicitor ROBIN KAY explores the boundaries of this tricky issue.

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    Career path: mental health nurse case study

    Role modeling by nurse leaders and pushes by a mentor helped Mental health nurse educator KATHY MOORE’s career “fall” into place.

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    Career path: aged care nurse case study

    Rest home nurse manager SUE MILTON sewed the seed for her passion for gerontology during volunteer work as a school girl.

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    Career path: primary & pacific nurse case study

    PHO clinical manager BARBARA VARDEY says until recently she has been an ‘accidental tourist’ along her career path.

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    Career paths: Nicky Graham

    Surgical nursing director NICKY GRAHAM’s initial career path diverted from paediatric to adult surgery and she hasn’t looked back.

September 2013 Vol 13 (6)

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    Role-play winning teaching formula

    Turning science into stories and mini-dramas has won Unitec nursing school science lecturer Sue White a Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for 2013. FIONA CASSIE talks to her about science, storytelling, and helping nursing students discover the scientist within.

  • Jocelyn Peach

    First PDRP fast-tracked in response to decade of discontent

    Twenty-five years on, JOCELYN PEACH looks back at the discontent, health reforms, and courageous leadership that prompted the speedy development of the first PDRP (professional development and recognition programme) and the legacy of that 1988 action.

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    Nurses blossoming through leadership programme

    Margareth Broodkorn shares some inspiring stories of how the Ngā Manukura ō Āpōpō programme is building a new generation of much-needed Māori nursing and midwifery leaders.

July 2013 Vol 13 (5)

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    A proud cross to bear

    Gisborne nurse Janet Askew loves her garden, being a grandma, and working in some of the world’s worst trouble spots. A decade of working in war-torn Sudan to natural disaster-hit Indonesia recently won her Red Cross’s highest international nursing award ­– the Florence Nightingale Medal. She tells FIONA CASSIE why she loves her work.

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    New PHO agreement seen as lost opportunity

    The lack of nurses around the table in negotiating the new PHO agreement – coming into force July 1 – doesn’t make sense, said Cathy O’Malley, the deputy director-general of health leading the negotiations.

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    Letter to Editor

    Green nail polish?

April 2013 Vol 13 (4)

December 2012

November 2012

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    e-nurses needed – click here

    Electronic health records are just the tip of the e-health iceberg, and there is pressure on New Zealand nurses to understand the trends, reports KATHY HOLLOWAY.

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    Doing the right thing

    How should nurses behave? The Nursing Council recently released its 21st century guide to what patients should and shouldn’t expect from their nurse. FIONA CASSIE looks at what’s new in a new Code of Conduct underpinned by traditional values

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    Change management: A classic theory revisited

    Reading, Reflection, and application in Reality. By Shelley Jones. A professional development activity proudly brought to you by Nursing Review

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    HWNZ: getting to the hub of the matter

    Regional training hubs − what are they, and what role will they play in new graduate and postgraduate nurse education?

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    Thrown in the deep end: learning nursing leadership the hard way

    Sonia Gamblen talked to 13 clinical nurse managers about the often ad hoc and haphazard path from bedside nurse to ward leader. Her research findings prompted a call for improved leadership and management training for nurses and her own local solution.

September 2012

July 2012

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    How are we today?

    JO ANN WALTON ponders self-management, partnership and how well nurses shape up as partners

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    SHARED DECISION-MAKING: Where self-management and nursing clinical expertise meet?

    RRR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE: The rhetoric around self-management for people with long-term conditions recognises that they themselves are the most concerned and constant contributor to their own care and that what they know is an untapped resource. At the same time, professionals are being advised to share decision-making, but does this go far enough? For the person living with a long-term condition, part of their work is to manage relationships and interactions with an array of health professionals and other helpers – amongst them, nurses. Just as professionals look for interest and engagement from those they care for – whether identified as patients, clients, consumers, or service-users – that expectation is mutual. In this learning activity, we’ll look at what shared decision-making means, especially for people with long-term conditions*.*

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    News briefs including: Nurse researchers seek more dementia carers/ Online cultural competency training/ Dementia Co-operative in action/ Nurse heads new Health Promotion Agency/Correction / Auckland DHB nurse shortages

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    New nurses' guide to not losing face through Facebook

    The first social media guide to help Kiwi nurses avoid stepping over the professional line in their online life has been released.

May 2012

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    Map of Medicine development at MidCentral DHB

    Map of Medicine** is an electronic collection of evidence-based care “maps” connecting all the knowledge and services around a clinical condition.

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    Nurse's role in making research count in everyday practice

    RRR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE: There’s a rather wonderful and instructive irony in the celebration of International Nurses Day – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – with the theme for 2012 of ‘Closing the gap: From evidence to action(1). Nightingale represents anything but a gap between evidence and action. Described by her first biographer as a ‘passionate statistician' (2), she was not only a researcher and research user but also a designer of research graphics (3). Her successes in reforming military health services and standardising hospital statistics (3) are exemplars of how to use evidence to drive improvements in practice. In this learning activity, we’ll explore our contemporary responsibilities and opportunities for bringing evidence to everyday nursing decision-making and actions.

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    Innovative NETP clinical coach role

    We employ clinical coaches as part of our Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) programme that was first established back in 2004.

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    Celebrating leadership in everyday nursing

    JO WALTON dares nurses to become everyday leaders, regardless of their role.

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    International Nurses Day 2012: Closing the gap

    While this year’s International Nurses Day is focused on the relationship between evidence and action, thousands of nurses around the world celebrate in very different ways.

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    Professional indemnity insurance for nurses – are you covered?

    By Taima Campbell, co-chair (Maori Caucus) of College of Nurses Aotearoa and former Auckland DHB director of nursing

March 2012

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    Work-life balance 'in balance': the fit between work and other life commitments

    RRR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE:  Work-life balance? We attach great cultural significance to the close of one year and start of another, whether dated by the Gregorian or Chinese calendar, Matariki or a more personal anniversary. Times of transition prompt review and reflection, prediction, and planning. Many of us will have taken stock of last year, wondered how we did it all, and resolved to better balance ‘work’ and ‘life’. In this learning activity, we’ll take a look at what work-life balance means – theoretically, critically and personally – by reviewing some of the themes most relevant to the experiences of nurses in New Zealand.   BY SHELLEY JONES

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    Overcoming 'Imposter syndrome': your voice does count

    So you want to make friends and influence people? Nurse leader JO ANN WALTON shares her top tips for making your voice count.

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    Patients as best teachers

    Listening to patients and their whānau is a learning experience nurses can’t afford to ignore. Nursing Review talks to Taima Campbell about her keynote address to last year’s Australian Nurse Educators Conference.

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    Personality testing: finding a nurses’ ‘instinctive style’

    What is your ‘instinctive style’? A trial of a personality test by one of the country’s largest general practice group indicates nurses gravitate to roles that reflect their ‘innate strengths’.

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    BRIEFS INCLUDING:Nga Manukura pilot to commence/ Workplace computer access/ Avoid food list released/ Cancer programme for Maori

December 2011

October 2011

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    Keeping it real simulation in education

    Mannequins can now convulse, blink, pee, sweat and respond to intravenous drugs. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about simulation – both low-tech and high-fidelity.

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    Starship simulation – high fidelity and child actors

    A busload of kids draped in bandages hop and stumble into Starship, some crying, some not. And probably some giggling, as the “injured” are not accident victims but students of a local school roleplaying to test Starship emergency department’s contingency plans.

July 2010

June 2010

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    GASP: a breath of fresh air for asthma nursing?

    Getting asthma under control is the aim of the simple web-based tool GASP, targeted at nurses and GPs. And its success in helping cut hospital admissions and exacerbations has made it an award winner. Fiona Cassie talks to Wendy McNaughton, the respiratory nurse behind GASP

  • From asthma to pneumonia: how good are your respiratory nursing skills?

    Be it asthma or pneumonia, every nurse at some point cares for someone with a respiratory condition. Helping nurses evaluate their respiratory nursing skills or guide their development as a specialist is the aim of a soon-to-be-finalised knowledge and skills framework. Fiona Cassie finds out more.

April 2010

March 2010

  • New PDRP offered to Māori nurses

    Māori nurses in the community are being offered the first recognised professional development programme for Māori nurses by Māori nursing leadership. Huarahi Whakatu is a professional development recognition programme (PDRP) developed by national Māori workforce development centre Te Rau Matatini in partnership with Te Ao Maramatanga (the New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses), with support from Nga Ngaru Hauora o Aotearoa and approved by the Nursing Council. It is specifically targeted at Māori nurses working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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