Handover | Issue 35 – July 2016

The Skills Matter programmes are well underway for 2016. This year Te Pou is supporting 313 students across the NESP nursing, NESP allied mental health and addiction, clinical leadership in nursing practice, co-existing mental health and substance use, infant child and youth, and cognitive behavioural therapy programmes.

Each year we run a student survey, as part of our quality assurance process. Overall the findings show positive results, with the real value of the programmes being in the opportunity to apply learnings into practice, and the sound support provided by programme providers to students. There is also strong recognition of the Te Pou funding, with many students reporting they wouldn’t be able to do the study without the support.

We have also been looking at ways that we can share the outcomes of the programme outside of the annual student survey, with more qualitative information – check out the new impact section of our website. Currently this page includes student reflections from the clinical leadership in nursing practice papers at Massey University. Here are some quotes that provide insights to how nurses are developing their practice and building their confidence. We have developed an infographic containing demographic information, and some quotes from the 2015 cohort which also can be found on the impact page.

“In terms of leadership development and advancing practice: after three years of postgrad study, this year I have really noticed that I am constantly searching for the “why and how” in my practice. I am always seeking research to support and guide my practice and really stepping back and looking at the way we do things as a unit and service and finding ways to improve. I have found that more staff are approaching me for assistance and guidance, which I have been able to help with, this has really boosted my confidence and provided me with a sense of achievement.”

“Within my nursing practice my clinical decision making has become more inherent due to ongoing reflection which has built upon my analytical strengths. I have become more confident to challenge indoctrinated practices and have joined two working party groups within my area not only to advocate on behalf of service users and staff but to also ensure that research literature is shared with these groups so that knowledge remains current and attitudes are challenged (or refreshed) and the foci remains solution orientated.”

“This postgraduate paper has also helped me to develop skills such as critical thinking to support and challenge the clinical experience of nursing students within my practice. I feel this postgraduate paper has supported me in developing skills in the strengths-based approach.”

Profiles of our Skills Matter recipients

  • Moe Aoelua, teen mum to straight-A student - Four years ago, Moefilifilia (Moe) Aoelua was a 21-year-old mother of two without high school qualifications. Now she is a new graduate on the Skills Matter new entry to specialist practice: mental health and addiction nursing programme and is already making a big impression with her employers.
  • Paying it forward - David Taylor completed a two-year post graduate certificate in health science (Infant, Child and Youth) with the University of Auckland as part of the Skills Matter programme in 2015 and was so enthusiastic about it we just had to write a profile on his journey.
  • NGO nurse takes on the Skills Matter NESP programme - and wins! - NGO nurses can access Skills Matter funding, but they face some different challenges from their DHB counterparts. Trudy George shares her experience of the NESP nursing programme.