International Nurses Day 2015

Tuesday May 12, 2015

200px-IND_2015_Eng_poster.gifMay 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday, is International Nurses Day. This year is especially significant given this May is also the first centenary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War. New Zealand Nurses responded to the call to act at that time and now, 100 years later, we are still celebrating the contribution that they, and other nurses throughout the generations, continue to have on our health system today.

Nurses, as the single largest profession in the health workforce, are well positioned to drive efficiency and effectiveness improvements while providing quality care and attaining optimal patient and population outcomes. The theme for this year's celebrations therefore is: 'Nurses: A Force for change: Care Effective, Cost Effective'.

The Canterbury and West Coast regions very much value the contribution and commitment nurses bring to our patients, clients and whanau within our health system. We are excited to hear of the different innovations that have been changing the way we provide healthcare for patients. To this end, we have recently compiled some videos amassed from over the past three years which highlight some of the latest developments initiated by nurses within the region which you can see below.  We urge staff to take time to watch these 'Force for Change' videos and celebrate the nursing profession.



Kate Gibb is the Nursing director for Older Persons and Population Health based at The Princess Margaret Hospital. Kate has been heavily involved in the development and implementation of the Gerontology Acceleration Programme for Registered Nurses to broaden their expertise and experience in the aged care setting.

Jan Millar is a Nurse Practitioner for the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Cancer Unit at Christchurch Hospital. This is a newly developed role which has been shown to have obvious benefits, which Jan highlights in her interview.

Jan Millar - Nurse Practitioner from Canterbury District Health Board on Vimeo.

Anne Munro is a Registered Nurse working in the Intensive Care Unit at Christchurch Hospital. On the ward she plays a significant role in the development of resources and algorithms which are used to support nurses in their wound assessment and management.

Anne Munro - Registered Nurse, Intensive Care Unit from Canterbury District Health Board on Vimeo.

Allison Partridge is the Charge Nurse Manager for the Acute Medical Assessment Unit at Christchurch Hospital. She, along with the rest of her team were instrumental in the facilitation and development of the current AMAU from the general medical ward and special care unit it was prior to 2013.

Allison Partridge - Charge Nurse Manager, Acute Medical Assessment Unit from Canterbury District Health Board on Vimeo.

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