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Perioperative Nurses College 2024 Calendar.Important dates for Perioperative Nurses College members to note.




20 February Hawkes Bay Region Webinar Virtual
24/25 February National Committee meeting Wellington

26 February

Dissector Copy Deadline

March Issue

Call for Abstracts for Debbie Booth & Poster Competition.

Call for remits, changes to rules and subjects for discussion,Service to PNC award 

Send to National Secretary
9 - 12 March AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo Nashville, USA
19 March Webinar Virtual


Regions AGM's
Regions Chair Report, Office Bearers

Send to National Secretary

15 April

National Committee Zoom meeting


1 - 4 May ACORN 2024 Conference Perth, Australia
7 May Wellington Regional Webinar Virtual
12 May International Nurses Day  
16 - 18 May 11th EORNA Congress "Lights of Hope" Valencia, Spain
16 - 18 May IFPN 2024 Boardmember meeting during the EORNA 11th Congress Valencia, Spain

19 May

Dissector Copy Deadline

June Issue

June Closing date for remits National Secretary
June Awards Advertising closing dates  
15 - 16 June National Committee Meeting Christchurch
18 June Ruahine Egmont Regional Webinar Virtual
30 July Otago/Southland Regional Webinar Virtual

19 August

National Committee Zoom meeting


26 August Dissector Copy Deadline September Issue

30 August

Auckland Regional Webinar



Closing date for all other awards

PNC Secretary

18 - 19 September

NZNO conference and AGM


17 - 19 October

48th PNC Biennial Conference "Embracing the Future: Everything counts"


18 October  PNC 51st Annual General meeting, held during PNC conference Wellington
12 November  Regional Webinar Virtual

25 November

Dissector Copy Deadline

December  Issue


48th Annual Conference of the Perioperative Nurses College of NZNO 2024

'Embracing the future: Everything counts'

17 - 19 October 2024
Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa Tongarewa
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Conference Registrations now open

Register here

PNC Annual General Meeting

18 October 2024, 11.30am

Schedule of PNC Conferences

2024 Wellington

2026 Auckland/Northland

2028 Otago/Southland

2030 Hawkes Bay

2032 Central North Island

2034 Ruahine/Egmont

2036 Nelson Marlborough/Christchurch/Westcoast


Acute Behavioural Disturbance

Tuesday 7 May 2024
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Anastasia James, Clinical Nurse Educator PACU, Wellington Regional Hospital

In this session Ana will discuss:

The PACU experience of acute behavioural disturbance in adult patients. In recent months Wellington PACU had reported an increase number of incidents where patients woke up in PACU with various stages of delirium to severe behavioural disturbance. This presentation will discuss the implications this has on care, the aetiology, preventative measures, and assessment and best practice treatment options.

Registrations required

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Past Webinars

Past webinars are available for viewing on My Health Hub: 

The Treaty or TeTiriti? - An Analasys part two - Application to the Perioperative Setting

Presenter: Dean Cowles, Maori Nurse Advisor - Nursing Directorate, Southern Cross Healthcare

Operation Restore Hope

Presenter: Ian Clark, Anaesthetic Technician, Kaweka Hospital, Hastings

Patient Journey - Through the colorectal cancer pathway and ERAS pathway

Presenter: Kim Snoep, Colorectal Clinical Nurse Sepecialist

Operating room nurses’ perspective of patient centered care in intra-operative setting

Presenter: Chen Zhou, Nurse Educator, Operating Rooms, Āhua Tohu Pōkangia, Perioperative Services, Te Toka Tumai, Auckland

The Treaty or Te Tiriti? An Analysys...

Presenter: Dean Cowles, Maori Nurse Advisor - Nursing Directorate, Southern Cross Healthcare

Skin Cancers

Presenter: Juliet Asbery, NP Dermatology, Te Whatu Ora, Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley

Caring for your sterile set-up

Presenter: Diane McClelland, Registered nurse and anaesthetic technician

How to make nursing meaningful

Presenters: Frances Smith RN, Charlene Cotterell RN, Grace Summerfield RN

Sepsis - Early recognition and treatment

Presenter: Cam Howard - Waikato Sepsis CNS, National support co-ordinator - NZ Sepsis Trust.

The Tambourine Man - Alcohol, Drugs and Anaesthesia 

Presenter: Dr Tony Diprose   

Donor Experiences - Nurse and Recipient

Sharee Johnston, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Vascular, Upper GI and Abdominal Transplant for Adult and Trauma Operating Rooms, Te Whatu Ora Auckland City Hospital
Amy Ng-Thomson, Clinical Quality Specialty Nurse for Surgery, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Services at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau

Theatre Communication

Presenter: Maryanne Coyle, Medline Clinical Support for REM Systems Ltd 

Donor Surgery 101 for Perioperative Nurses

Presenter: Jude Quijano, Organ Donor Retrieval Nurse, Te Whatu Ora.

Scrubbing, Gowning and Gloving & Speciman Management

Presenters: Nadine Harrison-Smith, RN - Operating Theatre, and Bobby Guy, CNS at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch. 

Other Events

Perioperative Medicine in Action

Online Course

University College London and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK) will soon be opening the third run of their MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) Perioperative Medicine in Actionafter a highly succesful launch earlier this year.  

This is a free online course that we think would be of interest to our members.

The course provides a unique opportunity to access high quality learning material written by the UK leaders in perioperative medicine, as well as connecting with and discussing key topics with other healthcare providers world wide.

The course is available in English and Spanish.

Kind Regards,

Dr Abigail Whiteman and Dr Katie Samuel
Perioperative Medicine in Action Lead Educators

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