The role of the College

Our objectives:

Represent the professional interests of psychiatric and/or mental health nurses in Aotearoa New Zealand and those enrolled nurses who work in mental health setting in Aotearoa New Zealand;

Promote and develop the identity of psychiatric/mental health nurses as specialists working in a clinical speciality field via representation and liaison; obtain recognition of the professional status of psychiatric/mental health nurses and to promote public awareness of mental health nursing;

Advance the educational and clinical expertise of members; promote and develop nursing codes of ethics, education and practice which are culturally safe and encompass the three articles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the principles of Kawa Whakaruruhau.

Approve national standards of practice taking into account the unique cultural, social and political conditions existing in Aotearoa New Zealand to guide members in their professional practice; develop and support research which may benefit the community and the profession;

Promote clinical career pathways within the clinical speciality field;

Promote awareness of the members about political decisions which may affect the clinical and professional role of those members;

Form links with other health professional bodies in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

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