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College of Practice Nurses considers changing its name.

The College of Practice Nurses (NZNO) has more than 800 practice nurse members throughout New Zealand. Membership is also open to nurses working in other primary health care (PHC) settings. As well as a national body, there are a number of local divisions providing a range of support, including regular information and communication to all members; ongoing education and professional development; and peer review and collegial networks.

The college's work is underpinned by a strategic plan (2005-2010). This is available on the NZNO website ( and provides a sound vision supporting PHC nurses to contribute to the delivery the PHC strategy objectives.

The focus of the national committee includes:

* reviewing progress on the strategic plan;

* communication, the website, and marketing the college to include all PHC nurses;

* plans to investigate a name change to College of Primary Health Care Nurses (in line with the strategic plan);

* retaining membership in areas struggling to retain committee office bearers; and

* building strategic alliances.

The divisions are currently reviewing their local activity against the goals and objectives of the strategic plan. These were to be discussed at the chairs' day before this month's conference and AGM in Tauranga.


A number of new members have been nominated to join the editorial committee of the college's journal, The Practice Nurse. Current editor Diane Newland stands down from her long tenure this month, and the national committee joins the journal committee in thanking her for her tremendous contribution to the journal and welcomes new editor Brenda Bruning from Nelson. Meanwhile, representatives of the NZNO PHC Nurses' Advisory Council have asked us to investigate widening the editorial membership and circulation of the journal to include a broader range of PHC nurses. Suggestions for a new name were to be taken to this month's annual conference. The journal's editorial board already includes other PHC nurses, due to the widened membership criteria.

Meetings have been held with a number of sections to discuss the possibility of changing the college's name to the College of Primary Health Care Nurses. The respective colleges and sections have now returned to their members to explore the level of support for establishing a wider model. The national committee plans to work with divisions and progress these changes, in line with the strategic plan.

Report by college choir Debbie Davies
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Author:Davies, Debbie
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2008
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