Meet the Nursing Team
Find out about the different roles that make up the nursing team at Starship.
Starship is great because of the fantastic team of people who work thereSusie, Nurse Specialist
Charge Nurse or Team Leader
Clinical Charge Nurse
Clinical Nurse Advisor
Nursing Research Fellow
Nurse Practitioner Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
Clinical Specialty Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Secondary School Nurse
The nurse director is responsible for the strategic planning and integration of the nursing vision and key strategies within the service and providing national direction. The nurse director provides professional leadership of nurses to ensure professional accountability through evidence based practice, development of the nursing workforce to achieve our key strategies and to establish nursing as a leader in paediatric nursing.
The nurse director works in partnership with staff to ensure an efficient service in which nurses add value to the service which children and their families receive.
This role works in partnership with service managers and clinical directors and has shared responsibility for the delivery of quality clinical outcomes and performance results for child health services.
Charge Nurse or Team
The charge nurse or team leader role is to lead and develop a professional and innovative team, through management of human and fiscal resources, co-ordination and development of the services required, to meet the needs of the child and family / whanau.
Clinical charge nurse roles are currently in paediatric intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, children's emergency department and operating rooms. The roles provide day to day operational nursing leadership within these units and support the development of professional and innovative nursing teams.
The duty manager role within Starship is to provide both nursing and operational support 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The duty manager's key responsibilities are in relation to staffing, bed management, emergency and disaster management and managerial support in the after hour period.
The clinical nurse advisor role is to provide clinical and professional leadership support and expertise after hours and on weekends to Starship nursing staff. They work closely with the duty managers and 24 hour centre in providing additional support in managing the after hours period.
This position is a joint venture between Starship Children's Health and the School of Nursing at Auckland University of Technology. The key focus of the role is to support child health nursing practice development and fostering child health nursing research.
Nurse Practitioner Paediatric Cardiac
The nurse practitioner paediatric cardiac surgery works independently as an expert nurse within the above speciality. The role utilizes advanced assessment, acute care management, treatment and discharge planning skills while working collaboratively with other team members.
The nurse specialists are expert nurses in their clinical field and work with a designated caseload of clients. Together with the multidisciplinary team they are committed to providing education, support and case management to their clients. This results in optimal management for children and young persons within the service.
The nurse specialist roles at Starship include:
- Bone Marrow Transplantation
- Consult Liaison
- Cystic Fibrosis /Gastroenterology
- Family Options
- Infection Control
- Late Effects - Haematology/Oncology
- Liver Transplant/Gastroenterology
- Newborn Intensive Care
- Pain Management
- Palliative Care
- Shared Care - Haematology/Oncology
- Te Puaruruhau (Child & Adolescent Child Protection Team)
The clinical specialty nurse is an expert in a particular area of paediatric nursing practice. Generally they do not have a designated caseload but work with a specific population. The role provides clinical expertise and education, audit and professional development for other nursing staff.
The clinical speciality nurse roles at Starship include:
- Home IV Programme
- Shaken Baby Prevention Programme
- Family Options
- Violence Intervention Programme
The Starship nurse educator group is responsible for promoting, facilitating and providing clinical education to maximise health care delivery, enhance patient outcomes, and promote clinical excellence and evidenced based professional nursing practice.
The nurse educator vision for nursing at Starship is the development of innovative, expert child health nurses.
All nurses employed at ADHB are included in the professional development programme. Starship employs staff nurses ranging from new graduates through to expert practitioners. Nurses are provided with assistance and support to achieve the expectations for safe specialty practice and progress to their full potential.
Public Health Nurse
Public health nurses work in a variety of environments where they focus on the needs of the client, family and wider community. Settings include early childhood education settings, schools, marae, community centres and families homes where personal healthcare and health promotion is often the focus.
Public health nurses actively promote health and well being within a population health framework, are involved in health education, and are often involved with nationwide projects and government strategies for healthier communities. Public health nurses work in the Community Child Health and Disability Service and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
Nine secondary schools are supported through funding by ADHB to employ a school nurse in the school. This is a partnership between health and education and each school is able to develop services to meet its own unique populations.
The secondary schools are:
- McAuley High School
- Marcellin College
- Mt Roskill Grammar
- Onehunga High School
- One Tree Hill College
- Otahuhu College
- St Paul's College
- Tamaki College
- Waiheke high School
A nurse educator is employed by a Primary Health Organisation (PHO) to work with the secondary school nurses. The role is to:
- provide clinical supervision
- provide oversight and support for ongoing professional development
- provide clinical input into recruitment and performance appraisal processes
- facilitate monthly peer review and professional development sessions
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