Useful Resources

Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQN) Orientation Framework

The nursing workforce of New Zealand continue to rely on recruitment of nurses with overseas training and experience. It is critical that internationally qualified nurses (IQNs) receive the support and orientation they need to be confident and competent through their transition to our health system. The South Island Nurse Executives of New Zealand group developed a resource to help with this orientation work based on Nursing Council of New Zealand advice and workplace needs.
Click here to access the IQN Orientation Framework.

Guidelines for Nursing Workforce Kaiāwhina Roles – July 2022

These guidelines were developed to support nursing/health care teams reviewing task allocation options for assistive roles within their teams.  The guidelines have been approved by South Island Nurse Executives of New Zealand.  Te Waipounamu Nursing Kaiāwhina Guideline 2022.

South Island Health Workforce Data – update released August 2020

The latest South Island Health Workforce Data Report has been released. Click here to read the report which includes information on the medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health and Māori workforce, broken down by region, age, specialties etc.

Guidance for Chairing a Meeting

Guidance for Chairing a Meeting has been developed as an introduction to what chairing a meeting involves, what makes a good chair and some useful tips and advice to keep your meeting effective and efficient. Everyone is busy and an effectively run meeting is an efficient way to get things done quickly, to support building a team and to enable collaboration to ensure the best outcomes are achieved.

Chairing a meeting is like any other skill, it involves some learning and then practise, practise, practise!

South Island Guide to Handling Concerns about the health of a Nurse

This guide has been developed by the Sustaining the Nursing Workforce group for South Island Workforce Development Hub (SIWDH). It aims to be a practical guide for South Island nursing managers in managing health concerns that may be impacting on practice. It is designed to complement but not replace local guidelines and advice from occupational health and human resource departments. It encompasses the management of health concerns in the workplace whether or not they are impacting on the performance of the nurse.

The South Island Guide to Handling Concerns about the health of a Nurse includes illustrative case studies form a variety of practice settings. Whilst these are based on the experience of the group that compiled the guide they are fictional and as such have been given fictional names based on local South Island towns.

South Island Rostering Guidelines for Nursing and Midwifery

An effective nursing and midwifery workforce is essential to the provision of health services to the community. To support the delivery of effective care the employing organisation must support safe and healthy rostering practices for the nursing and midwifery workforce.

The South Island Rostering Guidelines for Nursing and Midwifery outlines some principles and guidelines which support safe and healthy rostering. The responsibility to achieve this lies both with the employing organisation and the individual nurse and midwife.

Lippincott Toolkit

We have developed a Lippincott Toolkit to assist organisations who have recently joined up with Lippincott New Zealand Instance.

You can download the toolkit here.

Useful websites:

Ako Aotearoa is New Zealand’s National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Careerforce is the Industry Training Organisation for health, mental health, aged support, disability, social services and youth work.

TAS Workforce Information and Projects
Supporting workforce development and planning in New Zealand’s health sector.

Health Navigator NZ
The Health Navigator NZ website provides a central place to find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources.  The “Centre for Clinical Excellence” section provides a variety of resources including assessment tools, clinical pathways and guidelines, training and continuing professional development, health literacy and clinical networks and discussion forums.

Health Workforce New Zealand
Health Workforce New Zealand leads and supports the training and development of the health and disability workforce.

Kia Ora Hauroa
Kia Ora Hauroa is a Maori Health Workforce development programme aimed at students and current health sector workers to promote health careers as a great career choice.

Le Va
Le Va is committed to growing a qualified, flexible and sustainable Pacific health workforce, and supporting the mainstream health workforce to be more responsive to the needs of Pacific people. They have developed a Pacific cultural competency training programme – the Engaging Pasifika (EP) programme focuses primarily on the basic and essential cultural skills and knowledge required to work effectively with Pacific service users and their families. For further information about this programme click here.

NoRTH (Northern Regional Training Hub)
NoRTH provides a link to the work of the Northern Regional Training Hub.

Platform I Atamira
Platform is a national mental health and addiction network of community organisations and others that believe the recovery of individuals depends on an evolving and transforming mental health and addictions service system.

Te Rau Puawai – Māori Mental Health Workforce Development
Health Workforce New Zealand and Massey University have made a commitment to increasing the professionalism of the Māori Mental Health Workforce. Each year the Te Rau Puawai Workforce Programme provides bursaries and learning support for students who are seeking to commence or complete a Massey University qualification in the field of Māori Mental Health.