Sharing concerns with nursing council heads.
Board members also expressed concern that some immigrant nurses' conversation skills were not being assessed at a high enough Level. Although their formal Language competencies might be very good, many struggled with conversational English. This was seen as a downfall in the competence assessment requirements of registration. Clark requested members supply her with specific examples so she could check what process had been followed. She assured members that assessment of conversational English was required as part of registration requirements.
Some nurses perceived professional development standards as being very difficult to attain, board members said. This seemed a particular issue for primary health nurses who had Limited access to recognised development opportunities. Clark said she preferred to talk directly with such nurses until they felt more positive about how to attain the necessary standards. Nursing Council's aim was to keep nurses in practice, with no one being declined or removed from the register without working through the options.
These decision, compiled by Anne Manchester, were made at the October 2007 meeting of NZNO's board of directors.
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|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2007|
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