In April 2011 The New Zealand Nurses Organisation, College of Nurses Aotearoa, Te Ao Maramatanga (NZ College of Mental Health Nurses) and Te Kaunihera O Nga Neehi Māori o Aotearoa (National Council of Māori Nurses) formed a consortium to provide for a national endorsement process of professional standards and knowledge and skills frameworks (KSF).
Specialty nursing groups seeking wider national recognition of their standards or KSF may make application to the consortium for this recognition. The consortium assesses applications against criteria determining specialities of practice, content requirements and process for development.
NZNO’s representatives are Maureen Morris who is the inaugural chair and Maureen Ager. NZNO holds the secretariat role and Susanne Trim, professional services manager, is the contact person email@example.com.
For further information about the work of the consortium, the process for seeking endorsement and standards that have been endorsed, go to: http://www.hiirc.org.nz/section/15221/national-nursing-standards/
October 2012 Announcement
May 2012 Announcement
Two new members were nominated by their representative organisations on to the Consortium and were welcomed to the Committee in April:
- Di Roud replaces Taima Campbell and joins Angela Bates as the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) representatives and
- Hemaima Hughes is representing Te Kaunihera, the National Council of Maori Nurses. Di and Hemaima.
Practice standards endorsement update
See the National Nursing Consortium: Practice standards endorsement update (DOC 129KB)
The Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia have received endorsement for their knowledge and skills framework, the second specialty practice standards to be endorsed through the consortium process.
Maureen Morris, chair of the Consortium, commented that the commitment to improving standards for addiction patients and providing a clear framework for specialty practice development is acknowledged and applauded. In particular, the committee commended the extensive consultation process that was undertaken during the development of the framework.