Ko Awatea staff recently attended and presented at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference in Auckland.
The 17th Australasian Nurse Educators Conference was held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland recently. It was jointly hosted by Counties Manukau District Health Board, Manukau Institute of Technology, Wintec, & Waikato District Health Board.
12 Nurse Educators from CMDHB, and Ko Awatea director of innovation Dr Lynne Maher, attended the conference.
Dr Maher gave a key note presentation on ‘What Matters to You – a new dimension that enables us to understand and improve the experiences of all’, five other staff presented:
• Karen Coubray & Karen Sole – Improving Processes to Support Graduate Nurse Orientation Manual Completion
• Bhadrashila Rugnathji – presentation on the ‘Daily Goals Prompt Card’ for ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery)
• Victoria Crisp & Wendy McKinstry – The evolution of the Dedicated Education Unit at Counties Manukau Health: an interprofessional initiative in the perioperative setting
The broad themes of ‘Being’, ‘Knowing’ and ‘Caring’ were used to underpin the conference’s title goal of “Co-Creating the Future”.
• Being: refers not only to the attitude required of the nurse, but the mix of attributes which are essential components in the embodiment of a nurse. These attributes combine to form the very essence of being a nurse and may include: leadership, cultural, spiritual, philosophical, ideological, ethical, motivational and inspirational.
• Knowing: acknowledges the fundamental patterns of knowing. These include, knowing in regards to ethics, aesthetics, empirics and personal knowing (Carper, 1978). What kind of knowing is most valuable for the nurse? This knowing may include innovations in teaching and learning, researching, e-learning and learning by use of simulation.
• Caring: involves the combination of knowledge and caring skills that the nurse must possess to provide excellent care. The careful choice of caring as opposed to ‘skills’ is to ensure the inclusion of empathy and compassion, without which, the attainment of practical nursing skills is meaningless. This theme may also include: the application of knowledge to practice, research which changes practice, new ideas and the practical ‘hands on’ approach of the nurse. In fact, everything nurses do.
The conference attracted 350 delegates from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Canada and Scotland.