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Around 35 nurses from the Tai Tokerau region came together to find out about new research carried out by NorthTec’s nursing department and other nurses in Northland.
The second annual Nursing Showcase, held at the Raumanga campus, explored topics like the importance of emotional intelligence, the work-readiness of current nursing graduates and assisting the employment uptake of Māori new graduates.
Presenters from NorthTec and Northland District Health Board (NDHB) engaged in wide-ranging discussions with the group, with a focus on evidence-based practice and promoting cohesion between the region’s main nurse training provider and the different health settings.
A collaborative research project between NorthTec and NDHB supporting effective documentation in clinical practice was presented by Senior Lecturer Zoe Williamson and PDRP (Professional Development and Recognition Programme) Coordinator Michelle Panov.
NorthTec lecturer Lizzie Carroll-Thom outlined her work on emotional intelligence and competence and the implications for education of student nurses, while Norma Scobie, Clinical Coordinator, presented the results of her collaborative research with the NDHB into the work-readiness of NorthTec nursing graduates.
Lecturer Anne Clubb talked about the experience of internationally qualified nurses transitioning into practice as New Zealand Registered Nurses, both clinically and culturally, while colleague Pipi Barton delivered a session on nursing and Māori health disparity.
A clinical presentation by NDHB Clinical Educator Kate Burson explained the results of a study into reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infection.
The day ended with a presentation by Senior Lecturer Jeanette Briscoe on strategies to facilitate the employment of Māori new graduate nurses, followed by a question and answer session around enhancing collaboration between education and clinical practice environments.
Organiser Dr Bev MacKay, NorthTec’s Head of Nursing, said the showcase was an important event in the region’s nursing calendar. “It is an opportunity for us to share the findings of our ongoing research projects, and to work closely with those already in practice to further develop the region’s nursing workforce and to promote evidence-based practice.”
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