Handover | Issue 42 - July 2018

Suzette Poole (RN-MH, MN)

Clinical lead

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

Co-editing Handover has been a career highlight, a career that spans over 30 years.  Since its inception in 2007, this publication has profiled over 100 nurses, provided numerous stories that relate to nursing practice and our support of people with mental health and addiction needs. Handover has been read and shared nationally and internationally. It has landed on the desks and coffee tables where nurses work and learn. 

We have published six special issues. 

  • In 2012, our 20th issue focused on nurse practitioners (NPs). We opened with a story from Anthony O’Brien and profiled several NPs. 
  • Pasifika health was the focus for issue 27 (2014). Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann’s story - Yesterday, today and tomorrow—Reflections of the Pacific mental health sector in New Zealand opened this issue and several Pasifika nurses were profiled. 
  • Issue 28 (2014), looked at disability and opened with a story about Working with deaf people with mental health needs written by the Coalition of deaf mental health professionals. We profiled several nurses who supported people with disabilities. 
  • He Tuhinga Motuhake mō ngā Tāpuhi Hauora Hinengaro Māori me ngā Tāpuhi Waranga Māori – A special edition about Māori mental health and addiction nurses came in issue 31 (2015). This issue was developed in partnership with Te Rau Matatini and Te Ao Māramatanga - NZCMHNs Māori Caucus. It opened with a story from Maria Baker and Tish Siaosi - The prestige of Māori nurses, the empowerment to Māori health. Over 20 Māori mental health nurses were profiled. 
  • The fairy-tale-inspired special issue 36 (2016) focused on child and youth developed in partnership with Werry Workforce Whāraurau. When the land of teachers and mental health nurses became one opened this issue which highlighted several services and nurses. 
  • Our 40th birthday issue (2017) opened with a story from Anna Schofield, the founding editor of Handover and published the first in a series of articles about the Mental Health Nursing Framework. 

Over the years we have developed columns to provide a voice for addiction nurses, the International Council of Nurses, Directors of Mental Health Nursing, Office of the Chief Nursing Officer - Ministry of Health, families and whānau, service users- tāngata whai ora, workforce development partners - Te Rau Matatini, Matua Raki, Le Va and Werry Workforce Whāraurau, Te Ao Māramatanga - NZCMHN, and the mental health nurses section of New Zealand Nurses Organisation. We have shared the work of Te Pou with you through our least restrictive practice, information alive, Skills Matter and Equally Well columns. We have endeavoured to share evidence and research in our nursing digest column and keep you up to date with recent publications and events.

Thank you to all the people who have helped create this great collection of stories over the past eleven years. Your willingness to highlight the work of mental health and addiction nurses has made all the difference. 

As we bring this publication to a close we encourage mental health, addiction and disability nursing leaders to work together to create a plan on how best to continue promoting the profession of mental health, addiction and disability nursing. Nurses are an integral part of the solutions which can help to improve how services best support people, their families and whānau with their wellbeing and recovery. Shining a light on work that nurses are already doing and on new nursing roles will assist with the recruitment and retention of a healthy and sustainable mental health, addiction and disability nursing workforce. 

At Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, we will continue to promote stories of change and profile people working in mental health, addiction and disability services which we know includes nurses. Please see the index for a full list of our articles, it’s located on our website. 

Ngā mihi 

Suzette