Rural Nurses Meeting 2013 - Te Papa, Wellington

2013 Rural Nurses Meeting

Associate minister of health Jo Goodhew addresses the meeting's attendees at the welcome function.

This year’s annual Rural Nurses Meeting was held in late June at Te Papa. Around 75 nurses who work on the Mobile Surgical Unit converged on Wellington for an education-themed weekend of practical workshops, Q&A sessions with Mobile Health staff and interactive presentations from guest speakers.

The meeting is an important event on the calendar, bringing nurses from Gore to Kaikohe together through their shared service to rural New Zealand. Together the girls have helped treat more than 1500 patients in the past 12 months, bringing the total number of patients treated on the Mobile Surgical Unit to more than 16,000.

The meeting opened on the Thursday evening at the Copthorne Hotel, with associate minister of health Jo Goodhew addressing the meeting’s attendees over the noise of the storm ravaging the city outside. Down at Te Papa the following day, the workshops this year took the form of group skill sessions at separate tables with emergency clipping endoscopy, suturing and dental instrumentation on the cards.

In conjunction with CPIT, Mobile Health has developed a Graduate Certificate in Rural Nursing. Nurses enrolled in the programme arrived in Wellington a couple of days earlier to complete the practical component of the Rural Emergency Care course – a part of the Graduate Certificate. This involved practical skills, scenarios and assessments with educators coming in from Hutt Hospital and St John in Christchurch. Participants in the course also completed approximately 35 hours of self-directed learning.