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Into the digital future

By: Lucy Little

Whilst there is often a sense of comfort and reliability when opening a book, brochure or leaflet there is the risk that the information has already been updated.

In the arena of nursing the complexities of work location (rural and remote), shift patterns, available technology and workplace firewalls all place an added challenge. The information being accessed must not solely need Wi-Fi access or similarly need a 4G full bar signal. It should not take up a mountain of download data, rely on fast data transfer speeds or only available if you have the latest smartphone/tablet/PC/Mac.

Advancements in the world of computing, programming, software and hardware means there is no greater time to utilise these available resources. In saying this, there is the need to remain mindful that considerations for those accessing the information are acknowledged.

With the above in mind, the use of interactive manuals and brochures is one way forward. Unlike an internet/web based format, the interactive manual is a reference source that can easily be updated by the administrator. It can address different learning styles in a variety of formats from text, diagrams, colour use, simulation, video/media clips, interactive/downloadable forms and most importantly you are in control of what you want to access.

The information can form part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in relation to your nursing role either directly, or via reflective practice. Your CPD portfolio is your greatest nursing asset and this is just one way to contribute to it without the complexities of travelling to a workshop/conference or attending workshops.

For those that are reading this and have already started to say no and switch off…. don’t. If you can access Facebook, email or your online banking then you are way beyond a novice level.

As nurses we are in a position to have our say in the creation of a format that works for us. NPAQ is giving us that opportunity by working with us as a professional association, advocate and most importantly by actively listening.

NPAQ Member
Lucy Little
Townsville
Thank you Lucy for your awareness on the emerging technologies in Nursing.

The year is racing by, there have been many changes in the health industry and likely more to come. If there is any topic, legislation or policy you would like researched or considered for future newsletters, drop an email to hotline@npaq.com.au. Remember, the Association is about addressing your needs and concerns. - NPAQ

A look into CPD with Nurses for Nurses Network

By: Cath Seaver

When the concept of NPAQ began back in 2012 it was a priority that the Association structure and Constitution assured our members that the NPAQ Community would always be about them.

As part of the strategy we spoke to many nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and hospital workers. One of the most obvious requests from nurses and midwives was access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – particularly outside of the main centres.

Our research led us to Bundaberg and meetings with the Directors of the Nurses for Nurses Network - Sue Walker and Cheryl Dezotti.

As a result Nurses for Nurses Network provide the on-line optional add-on subscription to the educational module.

I recently caught up with Sue and asked a few questions...

How long has Nurses for Nurses Network been operating?
The Nurses for Nurses Network was established in 2011.

Approximately how many Webinar Recordings are available to subscribers?
There are over 350 sessions currently available in four formats:
  • attend a live webinar
  • watch a webinar recording
  • Complete a quiz that is based on reading material
  • Complete a quiz based on video educational material
You are always adding more, about how many and how frequently?
There are CPD activities added each week, based on the latest Nursing research, published reports, and requests from members.

What are your most popular webinars?
That’s a hard one – membership comes from very diverse clinical backgrounds. There has been over 1300 sessions completed just this month.

Are subscribers able to request a topic for new material?
Yes – we welcome suggestions from members for CPD sessions.

You like to combine a sense of adventure with CPD needs. Tell me a little about this.
Our main aim is to provide an online platform for Nurses registered with AHPRA to meet their annual CPD registration requirements. In saying that, we do provide Travel CPD where Nurses can combine their love of travel with their need for CPD. For more information about the Travel CPD program click here: https://www.nursesfornurses.com.au/events

Such a valuable and varied resource must have lots of interest, about how many subscribers do you have?
We currently have over 5000 members and growing.

Thank you Sue for your insight into Nurses for Nurses.

If you did not opt for the Nurses for Nurses Network CPD module when you joined, you may update your membership to include this at any time - email hotline@npaq.com.au

Upcoming Newsflashes

NPAQ go to the State political parties and appeal for the Industrial Relations legislation to be updated so the representation of Queensland Health Employees at EB negotiations includes professional associations and not just registered unions. We also want to know if employee associations that don't give money to political parties can be included in the "union preference" rules.

Professional Indemnity Insurance policy negotiation update. Cath and Graeme are in Melbourne negotiating with the underwriters as this goes to print. Details of what they achieved next week.
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