The president comments ...
I was educated in the first course at Christchurch Polytechnic from 1973-1975. The context within which I entered nursing is a far cry from the contemporary context. I was assisted into practice with the support of an appropriately resourced in-service education department, clinical supervision from experienced registered nurses and appropriate staffing and skill mix. A director of nursing held the budget and decision-making power for nursing. The Southland enquiry (1) is testimony to the impact that contemporary contexts have on safety and Southland is not an exception. When will nurse leaders admit that the apparent inability of new graduates to foot it in our overburdened workplaces is not necessarily a problem of competency or preparation? Adding more regulation will further hamstring an already over-regulated and under-resourced system. A more appropriate focus would be to address poorly-staffed and inadequately-supported workplaces, so new graduates, who are well prepared theoretically, can continue their practice development and build on their knowledge and skills. And to do so without fear they will work in the first year for reduced wages or they will be found incompetent and therefore unable to practise--both are the logical end points of the Council's poorly thought through ideas.
It's really quite simple--let's not allow our regulatory body to further complicate what is happening to our profession.
(1) Health and Disability Commissioner (2002) Southland-Distrlct Health Board Mental Health Services February-March 2001. A Report by the Health and Disability Commissioner. Auckland: Health and Disability Commissioner.
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|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2003|
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