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Rebecca Oakes

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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics

Rebecca OakesBeing the only person in New Zealand looking after computer systems for the Safe Staffing in Healthy Workplaces Unit is a big responsibility.

However, the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics – a joint diploma between Otago’s Business School and Division of Health Sciences – is giving Nelson-based Rebecca Oakes the qualification to help her do her job. 

Rebecca, a registered nurse, is a programme consultant for the Safe Staffing in Healthy Workplaces Unit, a joint initiative by the District Health Boards of New Zealand and the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation.

Her job involves standardising the use of patient acuity and nursing workload management tools (TrendCare) so that organisations have robust data on which to base staffing and resourcing decisions. This role combines her previous experience as a nurse educator with her passion for making meaningful use of data and making it accessible to all. Rebecca hopes to complete her diploma by the end of the year and says the course has been “excellent”.

“The level of support and quality of tutors has been great and I’ve found the course material easily accessible. “I’ve enjoyed making contact with other students and I can apply whatever I’m learning to my work plan straight away, which is great.”

The course has fired a passion in Rebecca to raise the profile of informatics in nursing and she’d like to see it included in the nursing curriculum – so much so, she plans to continue her studies and begin a master’s degree.