Overview of our COVID 19 process
While being aware of the local, national and international trends in COVID incidence, practice and prevention we have maintained a strict policy of regular surface cleaning, hand washing, social distancing and following the government guidelines set out for the prevention of COVID transmission. We have done this since the initial phases of the disease progression and continue to do so.
Information about candidates’ arrival
Before our internationally qualified nurses arrive they have met the criteria set by government agencies to allow them to legally enter New Zealand.
When the nurses come into facilities to complete their clinical placement we can guarantee their COVID-19 status whether it be negative or recovered. We find that usually they are the most careful about managing risk and are very compliant with following protocols and following specific rules. One of the reasons for this is that in their culture they deeply respect those in authority and trust whatever instructions they are given without questioning them. They also have often had experience in managing nursing care while coping with a population wide epidemics such as TB, measles, or HIV. We feel assured that they have at least, and often more experience, than nurses who have only worked in New Zealand in these matters. This was shown when our local health board asked for all of them to work on placement in the hospital when the last level four restriction was in place. If necessary we will ask nurses to test either prior to placement or while they are there based on the circumstances.