Nurse Practitioners New Zealand Evolution Conference

By Dianne MacDonald, Nehi Arahanga (Clinical Lead)

From left: Karen Davidson, Margareth Broodkoom and Dianne MacDonald

From left: Karen Davidson, Margareth Broodkoom and Dianne MacDonald

Karen Davidson and Dianne MacDonald from Whakatū headed off to the Nurse Practitioners Conference on the 10-12th April to find out the study pathways for our Registered Nurses to advance in practice to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses who have done a Master's degree and further study to specialise in a particular area of nursing within their practice. They are legally able to prescribe and give medications and sign off many documents such as, disability allowances, death certificates, and legal reports.

A highlight of the conference was hearing Margareth Broodkoom (Nga Puhi), Chief Nurse at the Ministry of Health presented a speech titled, "20 years On". Margareth is the first Māori Nurse to have this role and was only appointed eight weeks earlier. 

Margareth spoke of acknowledging the past to understand where we are at today and using this knowledge to inform our future.She also linked her speech to the late Irihapeti Ramsden by quoting how different people work, “Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, those who don’t know what happened”.

Many other topics were covered including, Pain or Addiction, Methamphetamine, Asthma, Eye conditions, Advanced Care Planning, Driving and Dementia.

If you wish to know anything further please contact us at the Whakatū site, we are happy to share any resources with you.