May 2014 Vol 14 (2)
The health care assistant debate
Unregulated dogsbodies or essential members of the clinical team – either way, health care assistants are increasingly having a stronger presence in our hospital wards. FIONA CASSIE provides a beginner’s guide to HCAs and shares some nurse leaders’ thoughts – positive and negative – on the role and some recent HCA training innovations.
Waikato DHB offers condensed HCA training course in-house
Training health care assistants is a “win-win” both for the unregulated workforce and for patients, says the nurse leader of Waikato District Health Board’s training programme.
Q&A with Robyn Hewlett
Robyn Hewlett is retiring this year after her second stint as chair of the Enrolled Nurse Section of NZNO. Find out what book is gathering dust beside her bedside and what three wishes she would ask to be granted for the nursing workforce.
*HWNZ ‘trivialising’ nursing concerns /*Poaching’ of ENs to Oz could grow /*Nursing Council ‘effective’ but needs greater transparency /*Three-way contest now for NZNO presidency / Appointments****
Capsule endoscopy nursing: small camera, big role
After more than two decades of nursing, enrolled nurse Kay Bone has recently stepped up into a new time-saving role for West Coast capsule endoscopy patients and has been endorsed at an “accomplished” level of practice. FIONA CASSIE finds out more.
Green thumb wins EN award
Creating a veggie patch to encourage dementia facility residents to get gardening was a winner for enrolled nurse Pauline Anderson.
EN conference celebrates new future
Enrolled nurses celebrated the rebirth of their role on National Enrolled Nurses’ Day on the opening day of a conference attended by nearly 230 ENs.
EN transition prompts fears
Strong employer support is needed to overcome fears of some enrolled nurses about transitioning to the new scope of practice, said Robyn Hewlett, chair of NZNO’s Enrolled Nurse Section.
Nurse assistant courses still popular
Nursing schools report steady and even strong interest in training programmes for nurse assistants as they and their students await details of the enrolled nurse programme that will replace the NA role.