Wintec has partnered with Waikato DHB to host clinical assessment workshops for local nurses and midwives, with the third such workshop held at Wintec today and attended by 180 participants.
In the past, a much smaller number of nurses and midwives would have been sent to Auckland or Wellington.
Cheryl Atherfold, director of the DHB’s Professional Development Unit, says more nurses and midwives could now gain easier and more cost-effective access to important learning sessions in clinical assessment. “We identified the need for locally based training, and thanks to partnering with Wintec this is now a reality.”
Participants included enrolled and registered nurses and midwives from primary, community, rural, aged care and acute settings, along with tutors and student nurses and midwives.
The two-day workshop at Wintec featured internationally recognised speaker Australian Anne Evans-Murray who has 26 years’ experience lecturing at Griffith University for the Masters of Critical Care course and is currently guest lecturer at Bond University Medical School. She is a frequent expert presenter at conferences and workshops on topics such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias and ECG interpretation, chest x-rays, physical assessment, and leadership skills.
“These workshops are an important part of being able to deliver safe, effective care,” Atherfold says.
The partnering of Waikato DHB with key regional education providers is also seen in the proposal for a graduate-entry Waikato Medical School with a stronger focus on developing doctors for roles in community and rural practices.