NorthTec’s fourth annual Nursing Showcase was held yesterday, celebrating the International Year of the Nurse. The Research Showcase is an annual event led by Senior Nursing Lecturer, Linda Christian. Around 50 professionals from primary, community and acute nursing sectors in Northland participated in the event and discussed research initiatives to contribute to the future of Nursing in Te Tai Tokerau.
Dr Bev MacKay, NorthTec’s Nursing Pathway Manager, said this was an opportunity to demonstrate the work that nurses do through evidence-based practice.
“We are celebrating the research nurses undertake to improve the quality of care in our communities and the network and support alliance between nursing groups in Northland,” she said. “This year we recognise the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which is a chance to acknowledge the leadership of nurses in improving health services.”
Lizzie Carroll-Thom, NorthTec nursing tutor, said the showcase was about sharing quality evidence-based practice generated by the extremely professional nurses of Northland in a safe and supportive environment.
There were 12 presentations throughout the day on a variety of different topics inspired by the themes, ‘Leadership and Development’, ‘Resourcing and Education’, ‘Valuing Contribution of Nurses’ and ‘Sustainability’.
Elliot Judkins, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Northland District Health Board, presented research completed for his Master of Nursing regarding Disaster Management.
He said: “It’s important to share different ideas and see what other nurses are working on. This showcase is a great networking opportunity to keep up-to-date with best practice, and to share evidence-based practice.”
Hani Sipu, NorthTec third year nursing student presented on the importance of Rongoā Māori and was pleased to share her findings to current nurses working in the field.
She said: “There is not enough knowledge surrounding Rongoā Māori in modern medicine. It’s almost like its hidden and it needs to be brought to the forefront. Today, I wanted to draw attention to it and plant a seed in nurses’ minds to be more aware of it in their own practice.”