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Improving ED targets.

The national committee of the Cortege of Emergency Nurses New Zealand's (CENNZ) first meeting for 2010 was herd fast month in Wellington. The committee of ten meets quarterly to discuss issues relevant to emergency nurses, both professionally and politically. A typical meeting involves sifting through correspondence, balancing the books and anticipating future issues relevant to emergency department (ED) nurses. The cortege currently has 427 fully subscribed members predominantly from public hospital EDs, but with an increasing number from private accident and medical clinics.

Key topics included the six-hour target for treating and discharging patients from EDs, updating the triage pre-reading workbook, updating the CENNZ rules, as weft as giving our support to some exciting research proposed by two respected emergency clinicians, Peter Jones and Linda Charmers. Interestingly, the Ministry of Hearth published the quarterly district hearth boards (DHBs) reports during our meeting and regional representatives were all able to offer a personal opinion on their particular DHB's performance. The committee, is actively involved at a Ministry fever with the successful implementation of the six-hour target and takes comfort in the fact that, while some DHBs are struggling to achieve this, most have improved their performance from the previous report in late 2009.

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A research project looking at the impact of the six-hour target is currently before the Hearth Research Council. The proposed research will took at the effect of this new target on quality of hearth, as well as on emergency health care workers.

Other topics of note have been the college's work on the Emergency Department Collaborative Guidelines on Maori Mental Health, alongside Te Rau Matatini. We continue to provide consultation on this project, which is an ongoing and important piece of work. The triage pre-reading workbook has been updated and will be printed and available by June 2010. The triage course continues to be successful and well attended. For further details of this and other topics of interest, please bookmark the college's website: http://www.cennz.co.nz/.

Report by CENNZ committee member Michael Geraghty

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Title Annotation:SECTION/COLLEGE NEWS; emergency department
Author:Geraghty, Michael
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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