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Strong response to emergency nurses' conference.

AROUND 160 delegates attended the annual College of Emergency Nurses' conference in May in Tauranga. The theme was "Emergency nurse--specialist to practitioner", a relevant topic with more emergency nurses aiming to become nurse practitioners (NPs).

The feedback has been so positive that one of our keynote speakers, nurse consultant in paediatric trauma and critical care from the United States, Scott De Boer, has agreed to return to New Zealand for the combined emergency, flight nurses' and neonatal nurses' conference in 2005 in Christchurch.

Particularly moving and inspirational was the presentation by former manager of Christchurch Women's Prison Celia Lashlie, entitled "The journey to prison: who goes and why? What has it got to do with you and me?" Her message was that any child had the potential to go to prison. A child's future depended on the love and support he or she got from his parents or caregivers.

A presentation by Hawke's Bay nurse Sheryl Petrie, who discussed her survey of emergency nurses' experiences of horizontal violence, raised a lot of emotions. This session really got people talking and sharing their own experiences of bullying in the workplace.

Our chairperson Jane Lawless gave a thought-provoking presentation entitled "The structured team approach to reduce risk in the emergency department". She pointed out that the grading of nurses at different levels had undermined the team approach. Nursing teams that worked consistently together and were well trained made fewer overall errors, she said.

Other speakers included Roxborough rural nurse specialist Margaret Eckhoff who discussed a first response in the rural setting and clinical nurse consultant from Sydney Children's Hospital, Ella Scott, who discussed paediatric emergency nursing.

The emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) forum provided a healthy debate on the prospects, possibilities and pitfalls of the ENP. Nurse practitioner Janet Maloney-Moni highlighted that it was up to individual nurses to make this happen.

Thank you to delegates who provided feedback through the conference evaluation forms. The organising committee is currently wading through these and will provide feedback to the 2005 conference committee.

--Report by organising committee member Brett Turnwald.
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Title Annotation:college/section news; College of Emergency Nurses
Author:Turnwald, Brett
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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