Overview of the PDRP

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​Overv​​iew

The Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) framework and criteria have been developed co-operatively by Canterbury District Health Board, West Coast District Health Board and NZNO Representatives to achieve the following purposes:

  • To advance professional development in nursing

  • To support nurses in demonstrating competency to the Nursing Council of New Zealand

  • To fulfil obligations negotiated under the NZNO Nurses’ NZNO Nurses' MECA

This programme aims to promote and reward nursing expertise and recognise the contribution of nurses to quality patient health outcomes. The PDRP assessment criteria have been developed to align with the national framework and integrate national evidential requirements along five different levels.

Be​​nefits

The Regional PDRP is a voluntary process and nurses choosing to participate, who are successful, have the benefit of being able to renew their Annual Practising Certificates without being subject to random audit of their portfolio's by the Nursing council of New Zealand. 
Nurses covered by the NZNO Nurses' MECA can also achieve financial rewards. These rewards apply at Proficient and Accomplished/Expert levels.

Senior Nurses placement on and progression through the salary scale is not dependent on PDRP, however Senior Nurses successful at Competent level will have the benefit of becoming exempt from audit by Nursing Council of New Zealand.

PDR​​P Levels

Beginner/Return to Nursing ​and NETP

This entry level programme is for new graduate nurses entering onto the Nurse Entry to Practice Programme (NetP).  Click here for the Nurse Entry to Practice Programme Guidelines or Nurses who have completed a Nursing Council approved Competency Assessment Programme (e.g. Return to Nursing Course). The process for this programme is yet to be defined.

 

The Competen​t Registered Nu​rse

 
This is the entry level to the PDRP programme for those staff already in clinical practice. Some staff may choose to apply at Competent level due to working part time/casually or due to outside commitments. This level can be achieved through successful completion of:

  • NeTP Programme (mandatory portfolio completion by end of programme)

  • Specialty Entry Mental Health Programme (mandatory portfolio completion by end of programme)

Or, after attending the following and then completion and successful assessment of your portfolio:

  • Acute Nursing Update Course

  • Mental Health Nursing induction

  • Develops partnerships with clients that implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a manner which the client determines is culturally safe

  • Effectively applies knowledge and skills to practice

  • Has consolidated nursing knowledge in their practice setting

  • Has developed an holistic overview of the client

  • Is confident in familiar situations

  • Is able to manage and prioritise assigned client care/workload

  • Demonstrates increasing efficiency and effectiveness in practice

  • Is able to anticipate a likely outcome for the client with predictable health needs

  • Is able to identify unpredictable situations, act appropriately and make appropriate referrals

The Profi​cient Regist​​ered Nurse

 
A nurse achieving Proficient level will receive an allowance as long as he/she maintains the level of practice (see Interim Year Requirements). For organisational information on levels of practice payment, refer to your PDRP Coordinator or for CDHB staff refer to the CDHB PDRP intranet site.

  • Participates in changes in the practice setting that recognise and integrate the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and cultural safety

  • Has an holistic overview of the client and the practice context

  • Demonstrates autonomous and collaborative evidence based practice

    • Acts as a role model and a resource person for other nurses and health practitioners

    • Actively contributes to clinical learning for colleagues

    • Demonstrates leadership in the health care team

    • Participates in changes in the practice setting

    • Participates in quality improvements in the practice setting

    • Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the complex factors that contribute to client health outcomes

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    The Proficient En​rolled Nurse

     
    Proficient EN Guidelines
     
    A nurse achieving Proficient level will receive an allowance as long as he/she maintains the level of practice (see Interim Year Requirements). For organisational information on levels of practice payment, refer to your PDRP Coordinator or for CDHB staff refer to the CDHB PDRP intranet site.
     

    • Develops partnerships with clients that implements Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a manner which the client determines is culturally safe
    • Utilises broad experiential knowledge to provide care
    • Contributes to the education of Enrolled Nurse/Nurse Assistant students, new graduate Nurse Assistants, care givers/healthcare assistants, competent and proficient
    • Enrolled Nurses Acts as a role model and leader to their Enrolled Nurse peers
    • Demonstrates increased knowledge and skills in a specific clinical area
    • Is involved in service, professional or organisational activities

    The Accomplishe​d Enr​olled Nurse 

     
    Accomplished EN Guidelines

    A nurse achieving Expert/Accomplished level will receive an allowance as long as he/she maintains the level of practice (see Interim Year Requirements). For organisational information on levels of practice payment, refer to your PDRP Coordinator or for CDHB staff refer to the CDHB PDRP intranet site.
     
    • Develops partnerships with clients that implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a manner which the clients determine is culturally safe

    • Demonstrates advancing knowledge and skills in a specific clinical area within the EN/NA scope

    • Contributes to the management of changing workloads

    • Gains support and respect of the health care team through sharing of knowledge and making a demonstrated positive contribution

    • Undertakes an additional responsibility within a clinical/quality team, e.g. resource nurse, health and safety representative, etc.

    • Actively promotes understanding of legal and ethical issues

    • Contributes to quality improvements and change in practice initiative

    • Acts as a role model and contributes to leadership activities.

    The Expert R​​egister​ed Nurse

     
    Expert RN Guidelines

    A nurse achieving Expert/Accomplished level will receive an allowance as long as he/she maintains the level of practice (see Interim Year Requirements). For organisational information on levels of practice payment, refer to your PDRP Coordinator or for CDHB staff refer to the CDHB PDRP intranet site.


    • Guides others to implement culturally safe practice to clients and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    • Engages in Post Graduate level education (or equivalent)

    • Contributes to specialty knowledge

    • Acts as a role model and leader

    • Demonstrates innovative practice

    • Is responsible for clinical learning/development of colleagues

    • Initiates and guides quality improvement activities

    • Initiates and guides changes in the practice setting

    • Is recognised as an expert in her/his area of practice

    • Influences at a service, professional or organisational level

    • Acts as an advocate in the promotion of nursing in the health care team

    • Delivers quality client care in unpredictable challenging situations

    • Is involved in resource decision making/strategic planning

    • Acts as leader for nursing work unit/facility

     
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