Clinical nurse specialists to work with older people


9 May 2012


Taranaki DHB is celebrating their Nurses and Midwives this week in appreciation of the hard work they do and to recognise International Midwifery Day (Saturday 5 May) and International Nurses Day (Saturday 12 May). Visit www.tdhb.org.nz to find out more.

Taranaki DHB has implemented two new clinical nurse specialist roles to work with older people as the needs of our aging population become more complex.

One of the new nurse specialists will focus on inpatients and the other will focus on older people in the community. Clinical nurse specialists have undertaken additional education and training and have developed skills in their area of interest.

Lisa Mourie has been appointed to the inpatient role which has three main focus areas, stroke, orthogeriatrics and delirium.

With experience in long term care facilities and palliative care at Te Rangimarie Hospice Taranaki for the past nine years Lisa has a strong holistic focus in her practice and promotes patient and family centred care which meets the needs of her new position. “As a new role for the DHB it will constantly evolve and there is flexibility to ensure it is meeting the needs of the service for older people and those needing rehabilitation,“ said Mrs Mourie.

“I enjoy and value working within a multi disciplinary team and the approach towards achieving the best possible outcome for our patients”.

Bronwen Pepperell has been appointed to the community Clinical Nurse Specialist role which focuses mostly on providing specialist nursing care for community patients. This includes the Intermediate Care Assessment & Treatment Team service and following up patients receiving complex care in the community.

“My previous role for four years was in the Nursing Education team where I organised education and provided professional support for the residential aged care sector throughout Taranaki. I learnt a lot about the challenges nurses have working in this sector with an increasingly frail and complex population group,” said Mrs Pepperell.

“The multidisciplinary approach to care is rewarding with nursing bringing a strong “whole-person” perspective when planning the best way forward for the patient”.

If the media is interested in a photo or interview with our new Clinical Nurse Specialists please contact me.
Sue Carrington
Media Adviser
Ph 021 367 789

 

 

Last updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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