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Practice nurses consider accreditation applications.

One of the two practice nurse accreditation boards (above) met last month in Wellington to continue assessing portfolio applications. This year has seen an overwhelming response, with over 100 applications for either accreditation, re-accreditation, re-accreditation with expert endorsement or a new step, "revalidation", NZNO professional nursing adviser Angela Dawbin said.

Introduction of the new interim step at two and a half years has been in response to requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act, which means Nursing Council must assess a nurse's competence every three years. Practice nurses have requested that the accreditation programme is endorsed by Nursing Council. The number of applicants indicates that nurses are keen to have colleagues assess their practice, instead of an external body, Dawbin said. Over ten weeks, board members (who are accredited practice nurses) will spend time marking, cross marking, teleconferencing and meeting, if needed. The time allows the board to seek further clarification and information from nurses.

Board members are, front row-from left: Anne Morsden, Kartini Davis and Glenis McAlpine. Standing are NZNO administrative support Sue Kahaki (left) and professional nursing adviser Angela Dawbin.
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 1, 2005
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