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
This year’s theme is Closing the Gap: from Evidence to Action and acknowledges the role nurses can play in improving
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