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Rural health issues highlighted.

How does NZNO represent rural nurses and their issues? Rural nurse members typically engage through NZNO's primary health care (PHC) colleges and sections. The New Zealand College of Practice Nurses NZNO has opened up membership to all PHC nurses and identifies specific employment areas such as rural health, school nursing and prison nursing. This greatly enhances the ability of NZNO professional services' staff and the college national committee to consult with specific group of nurses on rural health issues and to collate feedback before forwarding it to organisations such as the Ministry of Health (Moll), Standards New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). In addition, rural nurses are represented on the NZNO Primary Health Care Nurses' Council. This year, Heather Maw from the West Coast is the representative. Earlier this year, she identified Great Barrier Island rural nurse Leonie Howie to represent and articulate members' views on the Moll's review of the rural ranking scale (RRS). This scale historically measures degrees of "rurality" for GPs. Howie has been meeting MoH representatives and provides feedback on the RRS through all the primary health care nursing council member groups.

To be kept informed, ensure you are a member of an NZNO college or section and that your national committee is communicating with you. To join or update your contact details, contact membership on 0800 28 38 48. Further details for each professional interest group are available on NZNO's website www.nzno.org.nz.

Hot rural health nursing issues in 2007 are collaborative prescribing; the RRS review; ACC provider contracts; PRIME rapid response (service specifications, training, funding); after hours care; and the application process for nurse practitioners.

Report by professional nursing adviser Angela Clark
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Title Annotation:SECTION/COLLEGE NEWS
Author:Clark, Angela
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:May 1, 2007
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