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Delegates view deployable military hospital.

THE 42nd annual conference of NZNO's Perioperative Nurses College was hosted by the Ruahine/Egmont region and held in Palmerston North on September 24-26. The theme, Reflection and Action, was well supported by the programme, which explored past innovations that have lead to the basis of our current professional standards and celebrated where we are today, while looking to the future.

The conference was opened with a special appearance by "Florence Nightingale", who gave a spine-chilling recount of her life and achievements.

The author of a just-published history of New Zealand military nursing, Sherayl McNabb, spoke about the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, which was established 100 years ago.

Plastic surgeon Swee Tan spoke on his 20-year journey investigating infantile haemangioma and his work as founder of the Gillies Mclndoe Research Institute. The photos shown to delegates demonstrated the huge difference this talented, humble man has made to his patients and their families.

Linton Army Camp's deployable military hospital, which is 40 sguare metres in size, was set up in the grounds of the Awapuni Function Centre and our delegates were among the first people in the country to walk through this fantastic facility. It has a laboratory, an operating theatre, an intensive care unit and a post-anaesthetic care unit, x-ray facilities, sterile services and storage areas, all within air-conditioned shelters. The logistics of setting this facility in the field are mammoth and it was a conference highlight having the opportunity to walk through it.

The college's annual general meeting (AGM) was held in conjunction with the conference. Delegates overwhelmingly endorsed the perioperative nurses' knowledge and skills (K&S) framework and the revised registered nurse assistant to the anaesthetist K&S framework. College chair Fiona Unag said these were major pieces of work the college had undertaken in the last two years.

The award ceremony during the AGM was an opportunity to acknowledge excellence in our specialty. Before the ceremony began, delegates paid special tribute to international perioperative nursing leader and college life member Professor Marion Jones. She was the recipient of an NZNO service to nursing and midwifery award this year. Regrettably, Marion was unable to attend the NZNO or the PNC conferences this year. Auckland perioperative nurse Johanna McCamish accepted the award on Marion's behalf.

Other award winners were:

* The Johnson & Johnson International Education Grant: Johanna McCamish, Middlemore Hospital;

* The Culpan PNC Education Award: Sarah Elley, Burwood Hospital;

* The Debbie Booth Travel Award (Obex Medical) for best paper with a medical imaging focus: Catherine Freebairn, Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital; and runner up (Boston Scientific): Irene Gray, Waikato Hospital;

* The Surgico Free Paper Award: Tracey Lee, Starship Children's Hospital, with her paper Specimen labeling errors don't cut it in the O.R;

* The Stryker Best Article in the Dissector: Christchurch-based registered nurse first surgical assistant, Amelia Howard-Hill, with her article on compartment syndrome;

* The Medspec award for novice writers in the Dissector: Diane Albao-Taduran, Auckland City Hospital;

* The Pacific Surgical Patient Focus Award: Emma Brookes, Kenepuru Hospital;

* The Medspec Poster Competition: Tracey Lee, with her poster Achieving team engagement in the surgical safety checklist;

* The Catherine Logan Memorial Fund (Device Technology) for a college member undertaking postgraduate study: Ashlee Forgesson, Nelson Hospital;

* The Dallas Jessiman Award (PNC) for first-time attendees at the conference: Nicola Lingerer, Hawkes' Bay Regional Hospital;

* The Christina Ackland Memorial Education Award (Downs Distributors) for outstanding service to the perioperative community: Kathryn Fraser, Palmerston North Hospital, and a former editor Dissector, and

* The Paul Duke Award for best trade stand relating to conference theme: Surgico.

Conference report by PNC committee member Sandra Millis.
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Title Annotation:section & college news
Author:Millis, Sandra
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Conference news
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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