Fewer prof forums in 2021

December 1, 2020

There will be fewer NZNO professional forums in 2021 due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, but members will have the option of joining via Zoom, professional nursing adviser (PNA) Catherine Lambe says.

Usually NZNO holds about eight professional forums around the country, but PNAs have decided to offer just three next year – one each in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

The forums, titled Every Nurse is an Advocate – Influencing through Advocacy, will explore advocacy through case studies and practical application at national and local level, Lambe said.

Zoom would be an option for those who could not attend in person or if restrictions on group sizes were stepped up again, she said.

While it was difficult to plan ahead due to the risk of changing levels and loss of venues to managed isolation or quarantine facilities, the PNAs felt it was important to bring nurses together after so much lost time this year.

“We know nurses love coming together to share information and network. Knowing that many would have struggled to access professional development in 2020, and also had become comfortable using Zoom, holding three events with Zoom access seemed like a great solution.”

The forums will be held at the Christchurch Town Hall on February 23; Auckland’s Ellerslie Convention Centre on March 2 and at Wellington’s Harbourside Convention Centre on March 10.

Further details and registration will be available on the NZNO website.