Links to the latest New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) news, media releases and submissions.
Attention all PHC Nurses
"The College committee members would like to thank all participants of the recent survey for the responses we received. The comments have provided us with much food for thought and will provide excellent information for our structure review. The results will be available soon from this website.
For those nurses who wanted a response - if you did not give us your email or contact details in the comments section we are unable to pull this out due to confidentiality aspects of the survey tool. So please contact Rosemary at email@example.com for specific queries or comments."
Critical Review of the Pilot and Final Evaluation Report of the Physicians Assistant Pilot at Counties Manukau District Health Board
The final Evaluation of the Physician Assistant Demonstration Pilot at Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) is a highly significant report in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand's health workforce. It purportedly provides the evidence of success on which a new, as yet unregulated, health practitioner role is already being implemented, the impact of which has been neither costed nor assessed, but which has already affected the recruitment and employment of nurse practitioners (NPs), and prompted legislative changes to the regulatory environment governing public safety. The Siggins Miller report (the Report), presented as independent and positive, thus warrants careful scrutiny, as its recommendations have significant implications for public assurance of the long term sustainability of a safe, well educated, health workforce able to meet the needs of New Zealanders.
Read the full report: Critical Review of the Pilot and Final Evaluation Report of the Physicians Assistant Pilot at Counties Manukau District Health Board (PDF, 300KB)
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
Implications for Public Health
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), currently being negotiated in secret, has the potential to limit the government's ability to make decisions that are in the best interests of the health of New Zealanders. Read the:
Changes to the Crimes Act
Failure to protect a vulnerable child or adult could be deemed a criminal offence - implications for nurses and other health workers
We wish to draw your attention to the changes to the Crimes Act and its impact on doctors, nurses, midwives, caregivers, support workers and ancillary staff working in any hospital, institution or residence. It is imperative that health professionals are fully aware that failure to protect a vulnerable child or adult could be deemed a criminal offence, after 19 March 2012.
An article, featured on page 31 of the Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand February issue, outlines the changes to the Crimes Act:
Changes to the Crimes Act (PDF)
The author, New Zealand Nurses Organisation Lawyer Margaret Barnett-Davidson, provides vital information on the implications that will affect all health professionals and caregivers, who advocate for patient care.
For more information:
NZNO Member Newsletters
College and Section Newsletters
New Zealand Nurses Organisation's speciality groups and membership structures produce regular newsletters updating members about their activities.
View links to all membership group newsletters and journals here (link)
Monthly Member e-Newsletter
New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s monthly e-newsletter of news and information of interest to those who work in the health sector.
Professionally Yours NZNO's Professional newsletter
NZNO Professional newsletter showcasing the professional news and activities of NZNO members and staff.
Professionally Yours, Issue 11, September 2012 (PDF, 8 pages, 681KB)