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27 Sep 2017

Academic staff from the first educational institution in the country to offer the comprehensive nursing programme will present at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC) this week.

Ara Institute of Canterbury began educating nurses in 1973 (as CPIT) and remains a leading provider of nursing education today, graduating some 250 students to become registered or enrolled nurses a year, offering professional development to some 1000 nurses a year and conducting research.  

The focus of ANEC 2017, 28 – 30 September at St Margaret’s College, is to create learning opportunities that attendees can share with colleagues, with knowledge that is transferable between learning institutions, universities and clinical areas throughout Australasia and globally.

Dr Isabel Jamieson, one of many Ara nursing academic staff members presenting at ANEC.

Ara nursing academic staff work closely with the Canterbury and South Canterbury District Health Boards and private health providers to ensure that nursing education is as relevant to the health sector as possible. Many of the nursing staff have research project findings to share in the programme of events. Debbie Cook, Clinical Coordinator for the Department of Nursing at Ara, is one of the conference conveners.

Two students from the combined Master of Health (University of Canterbury) and Bachelor of Nursing (Ara) will also present. Lucy Seldon will talk about research into nurses’ use of non-pharmacological post-operative pain management for children. She found that methods such as distraction, positive reinforcement, therapeutic touch and comforting/reassurance were commonly used amongst the small sample of 16 nurses interviewed on one paediatric ward. Georgia Wasbourne will talk about simulation, and findings suggesting that in situ simulation facilitated an improvement in nurses’ psychomotor skills, communication skills, and clinical decision-making.

Ara staff presentations in the programme cover a range of topics. Kylie Short explores how well patients understand health education provided to them. Julie Bowen-Withington looks at stimulating debate on the adoption of technology simulation in nursing education.  Also on simulation, Heather Josland & Dr Kaye Milligan examine inter-professional simulation opportunities.  Rachel Clarke explores new graduates’ use of health assessment skills.

Dr Isabel Jamieson looks at how to attract men into nursing and co-placements for nursing and Speech and Language Therapy students to work together as well as offering an overview of the demographics of students enrolled onto the fast track University of Canterbury/Ara masters/BN programme. Kirsten Gunn, with Tracey Bruce, looks at the inaugural Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP), a national programme developed jointly between the DHB and Ara, and the local education provider. Dr Nicky Davis explores students’ experience of the aged care sector while Dr Margaret Hughes presents the findings from her recent doctoral work about Direction and Delegation. Emma Ogden will also present her findings from her recent Master’s thesis about students’ choosing mental health nursing for their graduate year.