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Nelson Marlborough hosted the largest gathering of Critical Care Educators in Aotearoa

Clinical Nurse Educator ICCU Rupert Murch facilitated the largest gathering of Critical Care Educators in on 31 August and 1 September. The national Critical Care Nurse Educator’s forum was a day of connection, celebration, and learning that brought together kaimahi from across the motu. 

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Front left: Clinical Nurse Educator ICCU Rupert Murch Front right: Sandy McLean-Cooper, Director Nursing & Midwifery

“This conference was a celebration of our achievements to date and acknowledgement of the extraordinary skills our critical care nurse educators have,” Rupert says.

“Critical Care services are growing post Covid across the country and the development of the workforce to meet this expansion is going to be massive. By working together, we can provide effective support for each other and shape the education of Critical Care education.”

“There clearly was an appetite to come together and just be together again in a room, which had not happened post Covid. Once I suggested Nelson as a venue, people were really keen to come. 

“We put a great programme together and planned to deliver a balance of professional development and experiential learning.”

“It turned out to be the biggest gathering of Critical Care Educators in NZ ever and the opportunity of what could be achieved was not lost. There was a great energy in the room and the day was a great success. We will definitely look at how we can build upon this success and continue to grow as a group of highly skilled professionals.”

The IT team developing the ICU eLearning programme, EPIC, were also in attendance to gain feedback on the programme.

The forum and EPIC are just a few ways we are supporting the onboarding of new staff into critical care.