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Strong support for EN/NA role.

"Our flame endures" was the title of the 30th national enrolled nurses' (ENs) conference in Christchurch at the end of May, attended by 161 ENs and nurse assistants (NAs).

Canterbury District Health Board executive director of nursing, Mary Gordon, was our keynote speaker. She is a strong supporter of the EN/NA role and would like to see more ENs/ NAs working in the community and supporting registered nurses (RN).

Our opening speaker on the first day was palliative care clinical nurse specialist (CNS) Anne Morgan, whose topic was "Caring for ourselves as carers"

In other presentations, RN Annie Bradshaw spoke on pulseless electrical energy; RN Becky Conway on caring for children before and after surgery; Natalie Johnston on coeliac disease; Red Cross marketing manager Clint McInnes on preparing for a disaster; RN and medical intern Jane Nugent on perinatal depression (see p14-15); CNS Kirsten Walsh on being part of a cardiac thoracic surgical team in Fiji; cosmetician Shirley Lynch on cosmetic tattooing following breast reconstruction; obstetrician Dave Preddie on delivering colposcopy in Vietnam; and Burwood Spinal Unit CNS Marie Low on sexuality rehabilitation. Auckland EN Angela Thompson presented on understanding glaucoma and Te Kuiti EN Shona Hollinshead spoke about the uniqueness of Te Kuiti Hospital.

Ministry of Health chief nurse Mark Jones was unable to attend in person but sent a message on CD in which he paid tribute to ENs/NAs and the role they play in delivering health care. Jones is a member of the Ministry's clinical workforce advisory committee looking at the supporting role for the RN. He hopes some positive action will be taken, but considers there may be many challenges ahead yet for ENs/NAs.

NZNO professional nursing adviser (PNA) Suzanne Rolls, who is also on the advisory committee, gave a brief overview of its work. She and PNA Anne Brinkman spent some time developing views on the EN/NA in a supporting role to the RN. Brinkman read from the motivational book Who Moved My Cheese? by American business author Spencer Johnson, which is about encouraging people to move outside their comfort zones and discover the thrill of new adventures.

NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals, who had just returned from International Council of Nurses' and World Health Assemby meetings in Geneva, presented awards to ENs for their service and spoke of the increased interest in ENs and second-level nurses around the world and the need to deliver health care to many people in third world countries who receive no health care at all.

Report by section chair Lorraine Borthwick
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Title Annotation:SECTION/COLLEGE NEWS; nurse assistants; enrolled nurses
Author:Borthwick, Lorraine
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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