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DHBS want second-level nurses.

Initial feedback from district hearth boards (DHB) on the utility of second-fever nurses indicate they want a second-level nurse with a broad scope, able to work in a variety of settings. Minister of Hearth Tony Ryall, in his March announcement of an expanded scope and training for enrolled nurses, catted on DHBNZ to look at the utility of the role. Chair of DHBNZs nursing and midwifery workforce strategy group, Jim Green, said white initiat feedback was positive, it was important to note that not art providers wanted second-|evel, nurses don't include second-level nurses, there are still some questions about their rote in acute care and the jury is still out on acute mental hearth services," he said. "But there are aspects of care that quite clearly can be delivered by second-level nurses. One of the major factors in how that care is organised is the education and preparation of registered nurses (RN) in delegation and direction duties," Green said.

He predicts there will still be debate about the second-level nurse title, how they will be prepared and stair casing issues. "But at least if the framework is sorted, we can build on that."

According to Green, the workforce priority remains registered nurses (RNs). "We don't have enough New Zealand-trained or Maori and Pacific RNs and that's a greater priority."
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS; district hearth boards
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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