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New district nurses' committee develops action plan.

The new district nurses' (DN) section executive committee met in Wellington in early November, following its election at NZNO's primary health care nurses' conference in Auckland in August.

Members and their positions are as follows: Hellen Bygate, chair, Greymouth; Christine Cumming, secretary, Palmerston North; Ann Fowler, treasurer, Palmerston North; Sue Hipper, responsible for the newsletter, Hamilton; Anita Latta, responsible for competencies; Karyn Sangster, responsible for submissions; and Gtenys Best, in charge of the website. The last three are all from Auckland.

We reviewed our strategic plan which continues until June 2006 and developed an action plan to meet the remaining goals. One of the issues DNs face is knowing where we fit within primary health care. Most DNs are employed by district health boards, with only a very few employed by primary health organisations. Most of us see ourselves as occupying a space between primary and secondary care.

To improve networking among DNs, we decided to revert to sending nurses an individual copy of the newsletter, as it appeared that on sending it to DN bases only, not all DNs were seeing it. Members of the section can took forward to the next newsletter arriving soon.

We discussed our 2006 conference, which is to be held in Christchurch, hosted by the Nurse Maude Association, in October.

On the second day of our meeting, we worked on the competencies for specialty practice. These will shortly be on the website in draft form. Feedback and comments are welcome. We also worked on a one-page flyer entitled "Focus on district nursing". This advertises what the district nurses' section is and does, and where to get more information. This will also go on the website.
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Author:Cumming, Christine
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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