Canterbury nurses celebrate role in improving health outcome

Published: Fri 11 May 2012 03:46 PM
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May 11, 2012
SUBJECT:Canterbury nurses celebrate role in improving health outcomes
Canterbury nurses can celebrate their contribution to improving the health of all this International Nurses Day (May 12, 2012).
This year’s theme is Closing the Gap: from Evidence to Action and acknowledges the role nurses can play in improving health outcomes.
Mary Gordon, Executive Director of Nursing for Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards, says internationally nurses are fast becoming the first and primary point of contact for health services.
“Tomorrow (Saturday, May 12, 2012) is a day to reflect and acknowledge the achievements the region’s nurses have made and their continued commitment to improving patient care,” Mary says.
Canterbury nurses have shown they are among the best when it comes to improving and enhancing the health care in the region, she says.
“The last two years have brought some very challenging times for Canterbury but our nurses have continued to provide innovative solutions and amazing care and expertise across the health system.
“The exceptional dedication and innovation demonstrated is among the best in the world. Canterbury has an extremely talented group of professionals who are passionate about nursing.”
Canterbury prides itself on its professional development and training such as the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme.
As a busy newly registered nurse (RN) at a 24-hour, seven day a week surgery, Ann Ridden can’t speak highly enough about the value of the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NETP).
Ann, who works at the Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery, in Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, says NETP is “so vital and helpful to me” because NETP is adaptable to the area nurses work in.
“The fact that the Preceptors and NETP coordinators I have actually work here is great because they know the particular challenges we face in this particular environment and what skills are needed.”
Help and advice with honing her assessment and critical thinking skills were a key aspect.
International Nurses Day is marked on the anniversary of Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale's birthday is a chance for the public to recognise the important work nurses do.
Values – A matou uara
Care and respect for others - Manaaki me te kotua I etahi
Integrity in all we do - Hapai i a matou mahi katoa i ruka i te pono
Responsibility for outcomes - Kaiwhakarite i ka hua
Canterbury District Health Board
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is a Christchurch, New Zealand based hospital and healthcare provider for the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Our region extends from Kekerengu in the North, to Rangitata in the South and Arthurs Pass in the West and comprises the six Territorial Local Authorities of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch City, Selwyn and Ashburton.
We collaborate with other health and disability organisations, stakeholders and our community to decide what health and disability services are needed and how to best use the funding we receive from Government to improve, promote and protect the health, wellbeing and independence of our population.
At the Canterbury DHB, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Canterbury.
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