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Nurses at MidCentral District Health Board are leaders in the health care process; they aspire to excellence in patient care and nursing practice.

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The education framework for nursing addresses the education needs of MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) nurses in acute and specialist services, in order to support the development of a collaborative, skilled workforce. It continues the plan to support substantial improvement in the quality of nurses' clinical practice at all levels of assessment and intervention, and to provide a platform for the development of practice innovation. Patients will be the most significant beneficiaries of the developments, which are underpinned and guided by the nursing education framework.

Scholarship in practice in its various forms is essential to excellence and nurses achieving their aspirations.
Nurses are encouraged to develop expertise in holistic care and specialty practice.

Development is an active process, framed around the professional development and recognition programme levels of practice. Scholarship activities in practice are linked to the Professional Development and Recognition Programme, enabling progression through the levels of practice, providing evidence of competence in practice, and assuring the quality of service provision.

Active participation in the Professional Development Programme prepares the nurse for career development and take up of future opportunities.

A partnership approach with preceptors, mentors, Charge Nurses, Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Managers, a supportive practice environment and learning culture nurture the aspirations of each nurse.

Professional Development Framework

MidCentral DHB Nursing Framework

 The nursing professional development framework details the process and levels needed to further develop as a nurse at MDHB. For a high-quality version in Acrobat format (PDF) of the framework, please click the image.

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