LOGIC March 2018 Vol 17 Vol 1 - Page 5

Chief Nurse’s Report Jane O’Malley Chief Nurse Tēnā koutou katoa. This will be my last contribution as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Before reflecting on the achievements of the past seven and a half years I want to express my utmost admiration and gratitude for the work you do in primary health care. Thank you. When I first started as the CNO there were a number of workforce challenges. Notably, it was difficult to say where the new graduates were going and how many were getting jobs. There were also significant barriers to practice that held nurses from working to the full breadth of their scope. The review of primary health care this year will, I predict, usher in new models of care and start to address the ideal of ‘unleashing the potential of nurses’; not a new idea of course. The work has been March 2018 L.O.G.I.C done to prepare the workforce and change the legislation and regulation to more fully utilise nurses. Noting that very little can be done from the centre, I have relied heavily on sector colleagues for strategy and action. An important part of working with the sector has been the National Nursing Organisations’ group (NNOgroup); the peak nursing body where policy (CNO, Ministry of health (MOH)), professional regulation (Nursing Council of New Zealand), education (Nurse Educators in the Tertiary Sector; Council of Deans), employment (District Health Board Directors of Nursing; Nurse Executives of New Zealand) and the professional bodies (New Zealand Nurses Organisation; College of Nurses Aotearoa; Te Kaunihera o Ngā Neehi Māori o Aotearoa; Te Ao Maramatanga) have worked together to make decisions and set the strategic direction. The introduction of the Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) has provided data to support employment of new graduates and steady progress in growth of the Maori, Pacific and primary care nursing workforces. Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) forecasts the nursing supply to keep pace with the population growth out to 2025 and the nursing workforce to change from an aging to an increasingly more ‘youthful’ one. In 2016 the majority of nurses were in the 40-59 and 20-34 age group. By 2026 it is predicted that there will be equal numbers of nurses in all age groups with the majority in the 20-44 year bracket. Removal of historical legislative and regulatory barriers preventing nurses from working to the full breadth of their scope has been a significant step and has paved the way for future 3