Waikato DHB has one of the most diverse nursing workforces in New Zealand, covering acute and specialty nursing, community-based and district nursing, nursing in a secondary hospital at Thames and rural hospitals in Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumaruni, as well as public health nurses.
The size and diversity of Waikato DHB’s nursing workforce provides great opportunities to:
- develop skills and be supervised by highly experienced nurses
- work alongside and in collaboration with nursing colleagues who have a wide range of perspectives, experience and knowledge
- specialise in areas of interest
- grow your career into nursing management, education or specialist roles.
We use the Productive Series: Releasing Time to Care programme to help front line staff spend more time on patient care, reduce waste and improve efficiency. This includes the Productive Ward, Productive Community Services, Productive Mental Health and more recently Productive Theatre series.
Professional Development and Recognition Programme for Nurses (PDRP) is a national professional development and career planning framework which Waikato DHB strongly supports.
The knowledge and skills required in practice at different PDRP levels is integrated into the Waikato DHB Professional Frameworks for Nurses. PDRP is also designed to recognise nurses for their individual level of practice and their contribution to their service.
The Waikato DHB PDRP is available for nurses working for other providers outside the Waikato DHB who hold a current Memorandum of Understanding with the Waikato DHB PDRP.
It is optional for nurses to prepare a portfolio for PDRP, however portfolios are considered an essential tool in demonstrating professional accomplishments and documenting professional growth, and a pathway for future career growth and development.
For Waikato DHB employed nurses
- Please refer to the staff intranet or the PDU for further information.
For nurses employed by other health providers
Definitions of practice levels
Documents required for each level
- Ko Awatea - Other providers Waikato DHB PDRP: Quick Guide [DOCX, 41 KB]
- PDRP Submission form – Other Providers [DOC, 84 KB]
- Confirmation of Practice Hours [DOC, 25 KB]
- PDRP Guidelines for preparing your portfolio for Other Provider applicants August 2017 [DOC, 285 KB]
- Nurse and NM Declaration Form [DOC, 219 KB]
- Professional Development Record [DOC, 41 KB]
- Guidelines for nurses completing peer reviews [DOC, 157 KB]
RN Senior Nurse (Education)
RN Senior Nurse (Management)
As a health provider in an district with 21 per cent of people identifying as Māori (compared to 16 per cent total New Zealand), we have a specific commitment to cultural support for Māori and Pasifika nurses, and for all nurses to deliver culturally appropriate care.
Our cultural support team provides support for Maori and Pasifika students, new graduates and existing nurses.
Pebbles is a Waikato DHB professional development programme aimed at clinically based registered nurses (RN). It introduces purposeful development strategies for nurses to extend clinical leadership expertise and/or prepare for senior nurse roles.
Prospective Pebbles candidates are required to:
- be a registered nurse with at least three years clinical experience and not currently in an appointed senior nurse position (ideally nurses will have been in clinical practice for less than 10 years, but consideration will be given for those outside of that time frame)
- be employed by Waikato DHB or employed in an area funded by Waikato DHB
- demonstrate a commitment in own practice to developing leadership skills e.g. is regarded for clinical expertise, engages in peer education, has completed preceptor training, leads/initiates/engages in quality projects, is a PRDP assessor
- be on the PDRP at proficient or expert level, or committed to achieving this
- be nominated by their CNM/team leader
- be released by their clinical environment for four days over a four month period.
The programme is offered two to three times a year. Nominations are called for through the CNM/team leader network with information also sent to nurse educators and nurse managers.
There are many study days, courses and learning opportunities offered by the different clinical services/clusters such as study days on Urology, GI, Plastic Surgery, Trauma Surgery, and many others offered by the surgical cluster.
Other services provide education on subjects such as leadership, smokefree education, clinical assessment skills, diabetes, epidural management, delirium, paediatrics etc.
These are detailed in our annual Nursing Education Calendar [PDF, 1.1 MB].
All this education is also available to our rural hospitals, such as Te Kuiti, Thames and Taumarunui. Sometimes this is facilitated by the use of Telehealth, so that rural nurses can remain at their home base and interact in the education event using videoconferencing technology.
Infusion and Related Therapies education
The Infusion and related therapy CNS Team offer a range of study days and online learning e.g. Central Venous Access Device, IV Link Nurse, Generic Medication Management and Intra-arterial Line Management.
The Resuscitation Education Team provides 3 levels of training: CORE Essential (2 hours), CORE Immediate (4 hours) and CORE Advanced (All-day), depending on the needs of the staff member. Nurses in critical areas are required to do CORE Advanced, in acute wards the requirement is CORE Immediate, while non-clinical staff and allied health will generally do CORE Essential.
There are many online learning modules on the Ko Awatea Moodle platform. In order to access these you have to have a DHB email address. This will be arranged for you once you are employed by the DHB.
Courses and conferences
There are many courses and conferences, provided by external organisations, which can be attended if the learnings from these are likely to result in an improved quality of care provided to the patient and approval is gained from your manager/nurse educator.
In addition to the study days mentioned above, there is a specific course provided to enhance learning for Enrolled nurses.
Nurses based in our southern rural communities at Tokoroa Hospital, Te Kuiti Hospital and Taumarunui Hospital can access our courses and learning opportunities, including through the e-learning Ko Awatea platform.
They also have some specific courses and study days:
- Co-ordinators Study Day for southern rural hospitals - Aimed to equip registered nurses with skills and knowledge to enhance their shift co-ordination in our southern rural hospitals
- Advanced IV Medications for southern rural hospitals - This study is a requirement for RNs in the southern rural hospitals to participate in to gain competency in the administration of advanced IV medications that are used in the southern rural hospitals.
- Telehealth, mobile health solutions study days for all rural nurses - These study days offer a range of different topics throughout the day which can be attended as individual sessions or participants are welcome to attend the entire day. Topics are chosen specifically to target learning needs of nurses working in both our rural hospitals and in the rural community.
Professional supervision is a structured process to support professional and practice development. This is usually negotiated on a monthly basis for an hour with another health professional who has completed training to be a supervisor. It can be one-on-one or sometimes as a group.
For nurses and midwives who identify as Māori, cultural mentorship is also an option.
Professional supervision and cultural mentorship for employees of Waikato DHB can be accessed through the Nursing and Midwifery Professional Development Unit. If you wish to access this please discuss with your CNM/ CMM who will then be able to provide you with the contact details of the Nurse Co-ordinators who facilitate these processes.
Within professional supervision options, there is an activity called Structured Reflection. This requires a referral process and is initiated through the CNM/CMM to the Professional Development Unit.
Our nursing education and professional development programmes are coordinated through a dedicated Professional Development Unit (PDU).