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Waikato PDRP programme gets big tick from Nursing Council

Waikato DHB PDRP team

Photo: PDRP team (from right): Suzie Gardner, Jill Safey, Faye Blossom, associate director Cheryl Atherfold, and Marian Partington.

Waikato DHB’s Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) for nurses received a glowing report from the Nursing Council of New Zealand, following a routine audit late last year. The PDRP was awarded five years approval, with no corrective actions or recommendations required.

Cheryl Atherfold, associate director of nursing for the DHB’s Professional Development Unit that manages the PDRP and other programmes, says the audit result speaks volumes for the work the PDRP team have done in recent years.

“We have four staff members directly responsible for running the PDRP programme, but we rely on the support of nurse and midwife educators and assessors based in services and wards across the DHB. They are a key part of the success of all our professional development programmes.”

Comments from the Nursing Council auditing panel included:

  • Strong leadership to manage the process of change and quality improvement over the last two years
  • The courage to make the change to eportfolio submission and the benefits of the change for applicants and assessors
  • The integration of the PDU Advisory Group and their role in programme changes
  • Bringing all educators on board as assessors and the benefits for applicants of having easily accessible advice and guidance for portfolio development
  • The well prepared and enthusiastic group of assessors who understand portfolio requirements and acknowledged the benefits of portfolio development to their practice
  • eportfolios are of a high standard and clearly demonstrate the Council continuing competence requirements are met.
Waikato DHB nurse and midwifery educators with PDU staff

Teamwork – Waikato DHB’s Professional Development Unit staff with nurse and midwife educators, celebrating the great results of the Nursing Council PDRP audit results.

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