Handover | Issue 42 - July 2018


Welcome to issue 42 of Handover. This will bring this series of publications to an end, as you will read in Robyn Shearer’s article here.

We lead out by celebrating Māori mental health nursing as Chrissy Kake, newly elected Kaiwhakahaere of Te Ao Māramatanga - New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses, highlights the Māori Caucus 6th Biennial Wānanga held at Maraeroa Marae, 7 to 9 March 2018.

The directors of mental health nurses don pink safety hats to tour the Counties Manukau District Health Board’s new acute inpatient unit, currently under construction. 

The Matua Raki team within Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui share presentations from both the addiction nurse symposium and the addiction research symposium. 

Sarah Taylor, a registered nurse completing Waikato DHB’s Honours Leadership Programme for second-year registered nurses, gathered reflections from new graduate nursing peers about Surfing the Waves - mental health and addiction nurses’ conference. “… Words [that] particularly resonated with our group were Moe Milne and Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann. Their words and passion held our attention steadfast and left us with changes to our practice that make us consider the individual, their environment and personal cultural practices in more ways than before”

We conclude the mental health nursing framework series by focusing on standards, skill mix, clinical career pathways, research, recruitment and retention. A frank reflection from Frances Hughes provides food for thought on ‘where to from here’ for the profession of mental health and addiction nursing.

Our work on trauma-informed care has produced a literature scan and a selection of resources. There is also a story of change from Whitireia New Zealand.  

“When you feel valued and supported you can do anything,” is a key takeaway from our profile on Dean Rangihuna, Te Kaihapai – Māori consumer advisor at Canterbury DHB. Lois Boyd, project co-ordinator for the Safe Practice Effective Communication programme, concludes the least restrictive practice column with an update.

Also, in this issue:

  • meet Patrice Dennis, programme lead for MH101 and Skills Matter, and hear from nurses completing postgraduate education 
  • Mark Smith discusses the concept of information exchange 
  • Barry Kennedy farewells us in the nursing digest section  
  • Kerry Cross shares her thesis abstract: The impact of patient suicide on mental health nurses.  

We thank you for taking the time to read Handover

Ngā mihi, Suzette and Caro