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Two annual NorthTec events which impact nursing sector professionals throughout Northland have proved especially popular this year.
The NorthTec Nursing Showcase, held recently at the Raumanga campus lecture theatre, was particularly successful both in turnout and in feedback.
Dr Bev MacKay, NorthTec’s Nursing Pathway Manager, was one of the organisers and said the event is becoming increasingly popular: “Our Nursing Department hosts this annual showcase of research initiatives from across Northland. NorthTec nursing lecturers and nurses from other organisations present their research, and it’s open for anyone to attend. Each year the word is getting out there more, our profile is expanding, and people are keen to hear about current nursing research.”
She said: “One of the standouts this year was having student presentations on evidence-based practice. It’s the first time we’ve included students in the programme as speakers, and we’ve had great feedback on this, including requests for them to present in other situations.”
Dr MacKay said the results of the Nursing Showcase are gratifying. “There’s a huge effort involved by a wonderful team of people. As well as offering a rich resource of current research info, the event creates a great networking and publicity opportunity for the department and the sector.”
And there was a surprise for Dr MacKay at this year’s event. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers to honour and celebrate her 20 years at NorthTec as a nursing lecturer and now as Nursing Pathway Manager, and her huge contribution to helping shape the future of nursing education in Northland.
A second event also held at the Raumanga campus, the Nursing Preceptor Study Day, had double the attendees of previous years, and so much interest that the NorthTec nursing staff will organise a second study day later in the year. This event is held every year for nurses in the Northland community who work with student nurses during their clinical placements.
One of the organisers, NorthTec nursing lecturer, Victoria Munro, said the success of this year’s event was due mostly to a broader outreach, with information sent to Northland clinical contacts in aged care, primary health and the DHB, resulting in 26 people attending from across the Far North, Mid-North and Whangarei.”
The day involves the nurses exploring concepts on how best to support nursing students. This includes networking, giving feedback, and the way in which Competency Assessment Programmes and the Bachelor of Nursing courses run in relation to clinical placements. Victoria said participating nurses also give feedback on how the placement experience is working from their perspective.
She said: “The Preceptor Study Day is also a great networking event for Registered Nurses (RNs) who are all working in different areas. Some of the RNs attending studied at NorthTec themselves and are graduates of our programmes. The study day is free to attend and counts as education hours towards the RN's competency. The key benefit is supporting RNs to provide the best learning for nursing students during their clinical placements.”
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