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First Edition of Code of Practice Released

We are pleased to announce that the First Edition of the National Code of Practice has been released. Download it here.[more]

13.12.2019
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First Edition of Code of Practice Released
13.12.2019

The Safer Nursing 24/7 project team is pleased to release the First Edition of the National Code of Practice for managing nurses’ fatigue and shift work in DHB hospitals.  The Code of Practice provides a ground-breaking approach to addressing the challenges associated with shift work, long hours, and the fatigue they generate.  It merges the latest science and safety management practice with extensive nursing sector expertise and experience, and is endorsed by WorkSafe, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, and the Council of Trade Unions.

The First Edition of the Code of Practice can be accessed here.

New scientific article from the Safer Nursing 24/7 project

Check out our new article presenting findings from the national survey[more]

24.07.2019
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New scientific article from the Safer Nursing 24/7 project
24.07.2019

We're pleased to announce that we have published our first scientific article from the Safer Nursing 24/7 project in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.  This article presents some of the findings from the 2016-2017 national survey of New Zealand nurses.

Access the article via the DOI link below.

Gander, P., O’Keeffe, K., Santos-Fernandez, E., Huntington, A., Walker, L., & Willis, J. (2019). Fatigue and nurses’ work patterns: An online questionnaire survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 98, 67-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.06.011

Thank you for your feedback on the draft Code of Practice

The Safer Nursing 24/7 team would like to thank all of you who have provided feedback on the draft National Code of Practice for...[more]

13.03.2019
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Thank you for your feedback on the draft Code of Practice
13.03.2019

The Safer Nursing 24/7 team would like to thank all of you who have provided feedback on the draft National Code of Practice for Managing Fatigue and Shift Work in Hospital-Based Nursing.  The public consultation period has now officially ended and we are working through the feedback we have received.  This feedback will be taken into account when creating the next version of the document.

We have had a very positive response to the draft Code of Practice and have been invited to meet with a number of organisations during the consultation period.  We have met with representatives from:

  • Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Hon Iain Lees-Galloway
  • Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health
  • Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health
  • WorkSafe
  • ACC
  • Safe Staffing Healthy Workplaces
  • Health Workforce New Zealand
  • TAS
  • CTU
  • DHB General Managers of Human Resources

We are grateful for the ongoing support for this initiative and look forward to sharing the next version of the Code of Practice with you.

Project lead Philippa Gander spoke to Morning Report

Philippa Gander spoke about the draft Code of Practice on Radio New Zealand today[more]

12.12.2018
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Project lead Philippa Gander spoke to Morning Report
12.12.2018

Project lead, Professor Philippa Gander, was interviewed by Susie Ferguson on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report this morning about the draft National Code of Practice for Managing Fatigue and Shift Work in Hospital-Based Nursing.  You can listen to her interview here.

Feedback welcomed on draft Code of Practice

The Draft National Code of Practice for Managing Fatigue and Shift Work in Hospital-Based Nursing was released on 10 Dec 2018[more]

10.12.2018
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Feedback welcomed on draft Code of Practice
10.12.2018

The Safer Nursing 24/7 Project has released a Draft National Code of Practice for Managing Fatigue and Shift Work in Hospital-Based Nursing for a 3-month period of public consultation from 10 December 2018. The Safer Nursing 24/7 project is funded by the Health Research Council and includes researchers from Massey University and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, with an Advisory Group with broad representation from across the sector. The draft Code has been informed by a 2016-2017 national survey of nurses’ work patterns.

Sector knowledge and experience is a vital component of this new approach, which also draws on the latest fatigue science and international best practice. The aim of the consultation process is to ensure that the final Code of Practice is understandable, effective and practical for implementation in New Zealand public hospitals.

The draft Code of Practice can be accessed here. We look forward to your feedback.

 

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We had a great Advisory Group meeting in May

We are nearing the end of our quantitative analyses for the nationwide survey and wanted to share our results with our Advisory Group...[more]

26.07.2018
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We had a great Advisory Group meeting in May
26.07.2018

We are nearing the end of our quantitative analyses for the nationwide survey and wanted to share our results with our Advisory Group to get their feedback.  We had a fantastic Advisory Group meeting on 29 May at Massey University in Wellington, which helped us to further interpret our study findings, gave us a few more ideas for analyses and set us on our way to completing the survey report.

We still have a lot of work to do, but are making good progress.  The next steps for the project are to:

  • complete our final analyses and the survey report, and then share our results with the wider nursing community.  We hope to travel to DHBs around New Zealand to share our findings with the nursing community so stay tuned for more news.
  • prepare scientific papers on the survey findings for publication
  • complete qualitative analyses of the open comments in the survey
  • develop the Code of Practice for managing shift work and fatigue in nursing
  • develop educational materials for managing shift work and fatigue for nurses and their managers
Safer Nursing 24/7 project mentioned in Nursing Review

We're almost at the end of our data collection period. Karyn O'Keeffe talks to Nursing Review about our progress so far.

13.03.2017
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Safer Nursing 24/7 project mentioned in Nursing Review
13.03.2017
Safer Nursing 24/7 Project Overview

Annette Huntington and Karyn O'Keeffe have recently been invited to give presentations at DHBs on the Safer Nursing 24/7 project. ...[more]

13.03.2017
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Safer Nursing 24/7 Project Overview
13.03.2017

Annette Huntington and Karyn O'Keeffe have recently been invited to give presentations at DHBs on the Safer Nursing 24/7 project.  Check out this 15 minute video recording of some of the presentation content by clicking on the image above.

Safer Nursing 24/7 Public Launch

We had two fantastic speakers for the public launch. Click on the image above to check out the video and hear what they had to say.[more]

02.11.2016
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Safer Nursing 24/7 Public Launch
02.11.2016

We had two fantastic speakers for the public launch.  Click on the image above to check out the video and hear what they had to say.

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