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Safer Nursing 24/7 project mentioned in Nursing Review

We're almost at the end of our data collection period. Karyn O'Keeffe talks to Nursing Review about our progress so far.

13.03.2017
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Safer Nursing 24/7 project mentioned in Nursing Review
13.03.2017
Safer Nursing 24/7 Project Overview

Annette Huntington and Karyn O'Keeffe have recently been invited to give presentations at DHBs on the Safer Nursing 24/7 project. ...[more]

13.03.2017
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Safer Nursing 24/7 Project Overview
13.03.2017

Annette Huntington and Karyn O'Keeffe have recently been invited to give presentations at DHBs on the Safer Nursing 24/7 project.  Check out this 15 minute video recording of some of the presentation content by clicking on the image above.

Safer Nursing 24/7 Public Launch

We had two fantastic speakers for the public launch. Click on the image above to check out the video and hear what they had to say.[more]

02.11.2016
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Safer Nursing 24/7 Public Launch
02.11.2016

We had two fantastic speakers for the public launch.  Click on the image above to check out the video and hear what they had to say.

We’ve asked about rostering practices at each DHB

For the nationwide survey of nurses on work patterns and fatigue, it's important that we can check whether the nurses who complete the...[more]

11.04.2016
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We’ve asked about rostering practices at each DHB
11.04.2016

For the nationwide survey of nurses on work patterns and fatigue, it's important that we can check whether the nurses who complete the survey are representative of all Registered and Enrolled Nurses working in our 6 practice areas of interest. 

We will compare the characteristics of nurses who have completed the survey (age, gender, practice area, ethnicity) with current workforce statistics published by the Nursing Council of New Zealand, to see if there is any bias in our sample.

We also need to check whether the responses in the survey are representative of the work patterns of nurses working in DHBs nationwide.  There is very little data about work patterns of New Zealand nurses, which is why we are doing the survey.  We have also asked the Directors of Nursing at each DHB help us out by providing information on the number of nurses working shifts of particular lengths, the percentage of nurses working rotating versus permanent shifts, the number of full time versus part-time nurses, and the current total number of nurses in each practice area.

Survey launch

Our survey is ready and waiting to be launched on 6 October![more]

11.04.2016
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Survey launch
11.04.2016

Our survey is ready and waiting to be launched on 6 October!

In New Zealand, DHB Registered and Enrolled Nurses make up approximately 40% of nurses, making them the largest professional group in the healthcare workforce.  However, surprisingly little is known about the work schedules of New Zealand nurses or about work-related causes of fatigue.  The survey aims to evaluate which aspects of work patterns are associated with fatigue-related outcomes and learn more about nurses' experiences of fatigue. We will use the survey results to develop tools to manage fatigue in New Zealand hospitals.

All Registered and Enrolled Nurses working at least 30 hours per week in a DHB, in 6 practice areas that have a high risk of fatigue are invited to complete the survey.  These are: child health including neonatology, cardiac care/intensive care, emergency and trauma, in-patient mental health, medical, and surgical.  If you're a NZNO member, you will receive an email invitation to complete the survey when it's launched.  If you're not a member, you can still participate.  Click here to access the survey.

We are very excited about launching this ground-breaking project and working together with all sectors of the nursing community to improve both patient safety, and the health, quality of life and retention of nurses.

Project launch

We are excited to announce that the project will officially launch on Thursday 6 October. We have planned an event at Massey...[more]

11.04.2016
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Project launch
11.04.2016

We are excited to announce that the project will officially launch on Thursday 6 October.  We have planned an event at Massey University in Wellington and have invited representatives from a wide range of stakeholders, including Ministers of Parliament, DHBs, the Ministry of Health, the Nursing Council, NZNO, Schools of Nursing, WorkSafe, Nursing Colleges, Te Ruunanga o Aotearoa, Council of Maaori nurses and the media.  We expect that the launch will generate a great deal of media interest and we look forward to posting updates in our news section.

We have two fantastic speakers lined up for the launch.  Professor Gregor Coster Chair of the WorkSafe Board, and Dr Jane O'Malley, Chief Nursing Officer, have both agreed to provide an opening address.

The launch coincides with the start of the nationwide survey on nurses' work patterns and fatigue.