Aotearoa New Zealand nurses and national health policy: Navigating a new professional space
Ngā Tapuhi o Aotearoa me ngā kaupapahere hauora ā-motu: Te whakatere i tētahi ara ngaio hou
Liz (Elizabeth) Manning RN, MPhil, Doctoral Candidate, FCNA(NZ), Director/Owner/Nurse Consultant, Kynance Consulting Ltd, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Todd Krieble BSc, MPH, MPP; Deputy Chief Executive, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
Reference: Manning, E., & Krieble, T. (2020). Aotearoa New Zealand nurses and national health policy: Navigating a new professional space [Editorial]. Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand, 36(3), 4-6. https://doi.org/10.36951/27034542.2020.010
In October 2019, the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) collaborated on a health policy workshop for nurses, bringing together experts from New Zealand Treasury, the World Health Organization (WHO), the New Zealand Institute for Economic Research (NZIER) and key nurse leaders. This workshop provided foundational knowledge on policy and political decision making and the role that nurses can take in directing and leading health policy. This knowledge is important given the increasing emphasis on the contribution of nurses addressing universal health coverage by 2030 (WHO, 2020) and what has been described as the absence of the nursing voice in the policy and political landscape (Clayton-Hathway et al., 2020). There is a call for nurses globally to become more informed and engaged at health policy level (Daly et al., 2020; Jackson, 2020).