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2018 Rural Nurses Meeting

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Welcome to the Mobile Health Rural Nurses Meeting for 2018. The nurses' meeting is always extremely popular so we are again developing an informative, inspirational and enjoyable meeting programme specifically for rural nurses. The meeting will be held in Wellington from the 10th - 12th of May 2018. Registrations are now open so please register.

We look forward to seeing you in Wellington.

Kind regards

Mark Eager
Mobile Health Chief Executive


Key dates and times are below. This is a draft programme and times may be subject to change.

Thursday 10th May

8:30am   - Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Skills Interventions (at Wellington Hospital)

Main meeting delegates arrival at the Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel on Thursday afternoon
7:00pm   - Welcome Function for delegates that have arrived in Wellington

Friday 11th May (Te Wharewaka)

8:00am    - Registration desk opens
8:30am    - Welcome 
9:15am    - Life at Sea - Nurisng on the Mercy Ship - Deborah Adesanya
                 (Registered Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care, Starship Hospital)
9:45am    - Graduate Certificate in Rural Nursing - Our Success Story -
                  Rowena Panchaud (Nurse) & Lorna Davies (ARA Tutor)
10:15am - MORNING TEA
10:45am  - Melanoma Recognition - Dr Franz Strydom (Skinspots, Skin Cancer Clinic)
11:30am  - Lorna Davies - Education
12:15pm - LUNCH
1:10pm    - Revitalisation Activity
1:30pm    - Menopause; is it the end of life as we know it? - Dr Anna Fenton (Endocrinologist CDHB)
2:45pm    - Rural Women New Zealand and Health - Margaret Pittaway (President Rural Women)
3:00pm   - AFTERNOON TEA
3:30pm    - Rhonda Johnson - Rural Nursing Skills Workshop
5:00pm   - Meeting completed for day
7:00pm    - Dinner at Te Wharewaka

Saturday 12th May (Te Wharewaka)

9:00am    - The Importance of Movement Education and Self Treatment Methods for our Rural Industries - Laura Hancock                     (Rural Works)
9:30am    - The Coronation of the New CNM - Liz Grant & Denise Saussey (Mobile Health)
9:45am    - Diabetes - Lindsay McTavish
10:45am - MORNING TEA
11:15am  - MC Activites - James Hayes
11:30am  - Patient Monitoring - Getz Demonstration - Glenn Sneddon (GETZ)
11:30am  - Non-Clinical Workshop - Mark Eager (Mobile Health)
1:00pm   - Meeting closes followed by lunch



Course: Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Skills Interventions

Course topics include:

  • Skin laceration assessment and preparation
  • Anatomical and physiological alterations associated with limb immobilisation
  • Anatomy and physiology of urinary tract and the conditions responsible for urinary retention and obstruction in emergency situations
  • Key principles associated with Laryngeal Mask airway (LMA) insertion
  • Principles of venipuncture and peripheral cannulation
  • Best nursing practice for suturing, insertion of LMA, application of back-slabs, venipuncture and cannulation, and bladder ultrasound scan
    To see more information and register, please CLICK HERE


The meeting and dinner will be held at the Wharewaka. We will have transport available for those who choose not to walk.


The meeting is provided at no charge to the first 70 registrations from MHS Rural Bus Nurses. This is inclusive of:

  • The Nurses Meeting
  • Accommodation Thursday and Friday nights (share twin)
  • Breakfast Friday and Saturday mornings
  • Parking if required at the hotel
  • Welcome Function on Thursday evening
  • Conference Dinner on Friday evening

You are required to meet the costs of:

  • Transport to and from Wellington
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and incidental costs outside the meeting and functions.

Standard price for other registrations is $200 plus accommodation


You are required to make arrangement for your own travel to and from Wellington. We suggest you book your flights early to take advantage of the lowest possible fares. 


Overlooking one of the world's most beautiful harbours and offering four-star comfort, the Copthorne Oriental Bay hotel is the meeting's accommodation provider. Accommodation is provided at no charge to the first 70 registered MHS bus Nurses on Thursday and Friday nights on a share twin basis. If you do not wish to share you can upgrade to a single room at the cost of $85 per night. Additional nights can be booked at the conference rate of $170 per night. Please register ASAP to confirm your attendance and to reserve your accommodation, including any specific requirements you might have. Please make all accommodation arrangements through Mobile Health.

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