NZNO librarian Heather Woods said the journal had been an essential resource for NZNO members and researchers alike, for many years. “It’s the first place we go if we’re looking for answers – to professional questions with regard to NZNO services, nursing practice, historic material, dates – for example when a strike occurred,” said Woods. “It has recorded all NZNO’s interactions… and is an official record of all its activities and member activities.”
It also offered “sound, fact-based” opinions related to health and nursing, as well as a highly regarded continuing professional development (CPD) section, she said. NZNO always advised members seeking to boost their competency to read relevant CPD articles, she said.
Over the years, Kai Tiaki had helped academics, students writing theses, management, clinicians, documentary-makers and many authors, writers and researchers. It had been invaluable to NZNO college & sections committee members along with members seeking specific information.
“We always say ‘Kai Tiaki to the rescue’ as people want to know dates and it’s really useful to find out how long someone was president or when a member was given an award of honour.”
Woods said the NZNO librarians always chose to read Kai Tiaki “from cover to cover” to ensure they were up-to-date with current NZNO and nursing matters, as well as things members were involved with.
Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand however will continue to be published online at kaitiaki.org.nz.
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