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Meetings discuss anaesthetist assistant workforce shortages.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM the anaesthetic community attended a Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) meeting in September to discuss current and projected anaesthetic assistant workforce requirements. Representatives from the Nursing Council, the Medical Sciences Council, the national committee of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Society of Anaesthetists, the Anaesthetic Technicians' Society, the Perioperative Nurses College (NZNO) (PNC) and NZNO attended. The PNC was represented by its chair, Fiona Unaq, and NZNO was represented by professional nursing adviser Suzanne Rolls.

This was the second time the anaesthetic community had met HWNZ to discuss anaesthetic assistant workforce requirements and another is planned for February 2016. It was agreed both anaesthetic technicians and perioperative nurses can assist the anaesthetist. The Nursing Council and the Medical Council re-iterated that they were responsible for public safety and the regulation of their respective professions but could not influence the regulation of other health professionals.

The college welcomed the opportunity to present the revised registered nurse assistant to the anaesthetist knowledge and skills framework, which incorporates the recommendations of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists on the anaesthetist assistant role.

Rolls said the college looked forward to ongoing discussions with the anaesthetic community but it was important these discussions remained focused on finding solutions to meet current and projected workforce shortages.

* See also, Ensuring anaesthetic nurses get a fair deal, in last month's Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand.

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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Nov 1, 2015
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