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HVDHB began prioritising Maori, Pacific and Hutt Valley-based applicants last year.
Kerr says HVDHB was the first to submit its plan for safe staffing, receiving approval for an extra 17 full-time equivalent nurses across a range of departments.
HVDHB director of Maori health Kerry Dougall said attracting Maori into nursing created "culturally safe and appropriate care for Maori patients and whanau within our community.
This enabled the establishment of a nurse-led cough clinic at HVDHB in August 2009.
Extensions included opening a new clinic at the Orongomai Marae to improve access to health for Rangitahi (Maori youth), obtaining a contract from the HVDHB to establish clinics at four low decile secondary schools and the establishment of a number of partnerships with other providers to facilitate access to health services for local youth.
The student placements expanded further in 2006 when Vibe began hosting a new graduate nurse funded by the HVDHB. Although the pathways are different, such developments are not too dissimilar to US developments where clinical leaders are part of education-practice partnerships (Stanhope & Pedersen Turner, 2006).
In 2004 the Vibe Service received the Primary Health Care Excellence Award from the HVDHB and in 2005 the NP received a Primary Health Care Innovation Excellence award from the HVDHB for her practice within the Vibe service.
Involvement with broader policy development is observable in the NP's contributions to regional initiatives of the DHB through membership of the HVDHB PHC Leadership Group and the HVDHB Community and Public Health Advisory Group.
To understand why Magnet recognition might be important to an organisation like HVDHB requires consideration of its origins.
The process for Magnet recognition at HVDHB occurred in several phases over a number of years:
The expo created an overall picture of nursing excellence and elevated the profile of nursing at HVDHB.
They needed to collect an enormous amount of information that accurately described the state of nursing services at HVDHB against the Magnet criteria.
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