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Board endorses alcohol action campaign.

Alcohol Action NZ Campaign: NZNO's board of directors (the board), at its August meeting, endorsed the Alcohol Action NZ Campaign. This is a public Health campaign focused around a set of evidence-based solutions based on the seminal World Health 0rganisation sponsored publication Alcohol: no ordinary commodity. The campaign was launched on September 10, 2009, at the annual addiction treatment conference. The aim is to reduce the significant social, economic and Health burden of alcohol in New Zealand. NZNO will donate $2000 to the campaign, publish an article on the campaign in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, list the campaign national meetings on the NZNO website and actively participate in the campaign by circulating information through membership structures, preparing submissions and lobbying MPs.

ICN workforce forum: The International Council of Nurses' (ICN) Workforce Forum (WFF) was established in 1995 as a network of 12 national nursing associations which meet each year to discuss nurses' pay and the labour market for nurses. The countries participating are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. The board considered a paper prepared by the chief executive Geoff Annals outlining the history, costs and benefits of NZNO's participation in the WFF. After discussion, it was agreed to formally withdraw from the WFF, as the cost of our involvement outweighed the benefits.

Specialty nursing standards and competency frameworks: In February 2009 the board authorised a joint project whereby NZNO and the College of Nurses Aotearoa would co-Lead progress towards a unified approach by the profession on matters relating to the development of nursing standards and specialty competence frameworks. The aim was to assert the authority of nursing over nursing standards and frameworks, which were emerging from a wide range of organisations, sometimes with Limited nursing participation. Representatives from NZNO, the College of Nurses Aotearoa, the National Council of Maori Nurses and the College of Mental Health Nurses make up the group. A process for endorsement has been developed and was approved by the board.

Enrolled Nurse Scope of Practice: The board endorsed the new scope of practice developed by NZNO's Enrolled Nurses' Section. The Nursing Council has included the scope proposed by the section as the draft scope in its consultation document. Please read this consultation document and make your response.

International Council of Nursed Congress: Reports were received from president Marion Guy, Te Runanga, National Student Unit chair Michelle Wipiiti and chief executive Geoff Annals.

Commonwealth Nursed Federation: Before going to the TEN congress, Brenda Close and Marion Guy went to the Commonwealth Nurses' Federation (CNF) biennial meeting in Botswana. They did a presentation "The rote of NNAs--do they make a difference?": There were approximately 100 people from 17 countries at the meeting. The board supported a review of NZNO re-joining CNF and asked the chief executive to prepare a review document for consideration at the October meeting.

Governance issues: Marion Guy reported back on her attendance at a Midlands Regional Council meeting to listen to the concerns about governance the council had raised in a letter to the board in June. The outcome of the meeting was an instruction from membership for the president to voice Midland's concern at the board table once again and to place an article in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand regarding governance in NZNO (see p36). Environmental scan:

* DHB/MECA negotiations: Members feel they are not hearing enough about campaigns.

* Health sector instability and opportunity: Considerable uncertainty with a range of reports recommending fundamental changes. This state of uncertainty is also a time of opportunity, as long as we are well informed and well organised.

* Board succession: The board is losing nine members in the next month and gaining nine new members for the October meeting. Chief executive's report: Items reported included:

* The PSA and NZNO industrial staff have participated in ajoint workshop to strengthen inter union support around common issues.

* Improved ease of working with Nursing Council.

* The Minister of Health's intention to reduce the number of primary Health organisations.

* NZNO is now a member of the General Practice Leaders' Forum, by virtue of the College of Practice Nurses' successful initiative to seek membership.

* Reform of medicines legislation is back on the agenda.

* The Government is continuing to build its campaign of criticism of state agencies and public servants. This is now beginning to include criticism of Health workers.

Centennial book: The centennial book will now be launched at the national function to celebrate International Nurses' Day on May 11, 2010.

Attendance at board meetings: There was a question on the value of proxy representatives attending board meetings, particularly as their understanding of current business and ability to contribute were often limited. The rules currently allow proxies. However, given the governance function of the board, representatives need to remember they aren't attending to represent a region. A paper on this issue is to be prepared for the next board meeting.

Auckland office: The board approved a proposal to lease new premises for NZNO's Auckland regional office. The existing premises no longer meet requirements. The new location is in Blake Street, Ponsonby.

Regional conventions 2010: The board discussed a summary of feedback from delegates attending the 2009 conventions. The board has requested that a simple thematic analysis is provided to ensure members' input into future conventions is considered. The 2010 conventions are planned to run between March and June. The board will confirm the proposed dates and theme with regional council chairs. Discussion also included a requirement for improved liaison between facilitators and regional councils about programming and content, keeping in mind that specific requirements need to be met to ensure employment-related education leave.

NZNO membership fee structure: At its last meeting, the board requested consideration be given to a tiered approach to NZNO's low income membership fee. This highlighted other issues to do with our membership fee structure. The board considered a paper outlining these issues, along with options for addressing them. The board decided the options document should be widely distributed for members' consideration before conference and a new fee structure, with two levels of fee based on low income and excluding registered and enrolled nurses from the low income fee, be recommended to the 2009 annual general meeting. This will be a late policy remit.

This consolidated report of the NZNO board of directors' meeting in August was supplied to Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand by the board.
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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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