Education & training
Qualified and experienced nursing staff provide high-quality clinical care. Their participation in ongoing training and education is actively supported and encouraged.
Throughout the year Royston Hospital is visited by student nurses. An essential part of their training is contact with patients, which occurs only under the direct supervision of our senior nursing staff. Such contact requires the support and consent of the patients involved and this is very much appreciated by students and senior staff. Your consent for students to be present will always be sought prior to any consultation or treatment.
Everyone may be expected to provide a role in the management of a life threatening experience at any time in their lives. That is why everyone at Royston from the cleaning staff to the nursing staff undertake study and certification of resuscitation through both written and practical assessment. This provides the ‘rescuer’ with simple principles and guidelines for the management of cardiac arrest, and other pre-arrest conditions.
We have the services of a New Zealand Resuscitation instructor who ensures that all who are participating in the NZRC (New Zealand Resuscitation Council) Core Certification, are well prepared and able to complete the course.
Compulsory Study Days
Education is key to ensuring high standard of care in all aspects. The compulsory inservice days at Royston cover mandatory needs such as Fire/Safety, Infection Control, Cultural Needs and the remaining subjects are decided from quality audit results. The days are interactive and aimed to cover current staff development needs. Further education sessions are ongoing throughout the year involving teaching from our own nurses/doctors and guest speakers and external courses are available, allowing staff to achieve Nursing Council competences.
Royston is committed to providing quality healthcare and maintaining staff education/personal development ensures we continue to improve the quality of service provided.
Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP)
Royston has an active PDRP programme and a dedicated PDRP Co-ordinator. Her role involves providing guidance to our nurses, both registered and enrolled, to ensure their professional development and practice hours are met, as set out by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. She also provides assistance to nurses with their portfolio’s and ensures their annual appraisals are completed.
Monthly PDRP education inservices are held and topics covered include:
- Nursing Council of New Zealand Competencies
- The importance of having a current up-to-date portfolio
- Tips on how to develop a portfolio and maintain it
- The importance of continuing on-going education ensuring nursing practice is safe and evidence based.