Primary healthcare nursing

Primary healthcare nursing provides quality integrated services for individuals, whaanau and the communities of the Counties Manukau region through collaboration, education and innovation.

This section connects various areas of nursing that Counties Manukau Health is responsible for. Nursing Services continually strive to develop and provide high standards of nursing care by involving and working with patients, their whaanau and various health services. We are focussed on achieving four key goals:

  • Develop models of care reflective of our community needs and continuum of care
  • Improve the capacity of the PHC nursing workforce for the Counties Manukau community
  • Assist in the health promotion, prevention, treatment & self-management of priority conditions.
  • Improve child and youth school health. 

We provide information to assist and guide individuals through both the Nursing Credentialing process and the development of standing orders."

Nurse credentialing focus on a process where the individual Registered Nurse, Enrolled Nurse, Nurse Assistant or Clinical Support Worker (as per position description) are granted privileges to perform particular procedures or clinical servicse that is outside their identified scope of practice.

Definition:  Individual credentialing is the establishment of the range of activities which health workers can undertake in disciplines where specialised knowledge and skill is required.  Nursing practice that is identified to be beyond the specifications of the scope of normal practice, including that which is outlined by position descriptions and organisational requirements, which will require a credentialing process. 


Nursing & Midwifery Awards 2018

This annual event celebrated excellence in the work that nurses, midwives and clinical support workers do across Counties Manukau.

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Adult services nursing orientation programme

CM Health Adult Services Generic Nursing Orientation/Introduction Programme is composed in 3 sections and aligned with CMDHB PDRP. It is expected that to complete all levels will take between 2-3 years depending upon the nurse's level when she/he begins employment at CMDHB and their ability to meet the PDRP requirements. The orientation programme is competency based with several assessments required.

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Professional development & recognition programme

In 2004, the NCNZ began approving professional development and recognition programmes (PDRP) as recertification programmes under section 41 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003.  The intention was to allow nurses who were already demonstrating continuing competence through PDRPs to be exempt from the recertification audit.

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Nursing post graduate education (NPGE) funding

All Registered Nurses who work within the Counties Manukau Health area - including Primary Health Care, Hospice and Aged Care facilities are eligible to apply for Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) application funding (formerly CTA funding) to undertake Post Graduate Education (Level 8).

Any queries about the HWNZ funding can be directed to Dianne Barnhill, Nurse Coordinator Post Graduate Education at Middlemore Hospital.

Nurse entry to practice programme (NETP)

The Nurse Entry to Practice programme available at Counties Manukau Health is a comprehensive twelve-month programme.

The aim is to provide a supportive environment in which the graduate nurse can progress and ensure competency is maintained throughout their first year of practice enabling him/her to provide a high standard of care and promote continuing professional development.

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needleIV Cannulation & Phlebotomy training workshops

These training workshops have been specifically designed to assist Registered Nurses working in Primary Health Care towards competency underpinned by theoretical knowledge in the practical skills required to insert peripheral IV cannulae and/or take blood samples.

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Management of out-patients on intravenous antibiotics (OPVIA)

This training has been specifically designed to assist Registered Nurses working in Private Hospitals within Aged Care to manage patients with central venous lines who require an extended length of intravenous antibiotic therapy in the comfort of their own facility.

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Clinical Training & Education Centre (CTEC)

The Clinical Training and Education Centre (CTEC) is a multi-disciplinary training facility available for the continued development of all clinical skills for CM Health staff, community groups and other healthcare providers. 

Preceptor Programme

A preceptor is a person trained to orientate new staff enabling them to function safely, effectively and in a manner that the patient/client determines is culturally safe.

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