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Nurse practitioners gather in Palmerston North.

Eight of New Zealand's 14 nurse practitioners (NP) met in Palmerston North last month for a full day of networking and discussing pertinent issues, particularly independent NP prescribing and progress implementing NP roles. Highlights and lowlights were shared as the NPs ore establishing and embedding their roles within their communities from Kaitaia to Dunedin. While some have established innovative models of care to meet their community's need, some unfortunately are not yet employed.

Included on the day's agenda was a presentation by College of Nurses Aoteoroa executive director Jenny Carryer on the findings from the Nurse Practitioner Standards project, sponsored by the Australian New Zealand Nursing Councils. This project aimed to generate shared research-based competency standards jar Australasian NPs, given the flow of nurses between Australia and New Zealand.

Palmerston North-based wound care specialist NP Jenny Phillips reported on the advanced nursing practice meeting she attended in Singapore in March and neonatal NP Deborah Harris from Waikato and diabetes specialist NP Helen Snell from Palmerston North, updated the group on the activities of the Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee of New Zealand. A further meeting is planned for November.

Palmerston North NP Helen Snell.
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Author:Snell, Helen
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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