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Preparing for college status.


The forthcoming biennial conference for NZNO's stomal therapy section was one of the main focuses of the national committee meeting in Wellington in early March. The conference, titled "A Mixed Bag", will be in Hamilton in November. An interesting programme is guaranteed and we are currently seeking abstracts.

The section is looking at advancing to college status by 2011, in line with NZNO directives. With this in mind and because the section's national quality plan was due for review, the committee has recently spent time renewing the plan to ensure the national standards of care for stomal therapy nurses (STNs) are professional and relevant, providing guidelines for practice and for use as an auditing tool.

Last month we became aware of a National Collective Procurement Project for the supply of ostomy and continence products throughout all district health boards (DHBs). A teleconference with the project leaders, initiated by committee members, was held in February to voice our concerns and seek clarity over the project plan. A team of evaluators, selected by the project team, has been set up, including STNs from around the country and representation from our national committee.

Committee member Maria Stapleton from Mid-Central DHB, who is responsible for our section magazine, has had her abstract accepted and is presenting at the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in June. This conference is combined with the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses' Society. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish Maria well with her presentation.

Our magazine The Outlet is produced three times a year and contains relevant articles and case studies, and is a valuable tool for information sharing. We have also had out NZNO section website updated with contact details of all STNs and ostomy nurses throughout the country.

The section's biennial annual meeting will be held at our conference and we are seeking new committee members. Being on the committee is very valuable work and a great opportunity for personal and professional development.

Report by section chair Sue Wolyncewicz

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Author:Wolyncewicz, Sue
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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