The Counties Manukau Nursing Awards were held on Wednesday 6 September in the Ko Awatea complex at Middlemore Hospital. The awards were incredibly successful, with 126 nominations received across 12 award categories.
Representatives of Te Pukenga-MIT and the University of Auckland nursing school attended, with each institute sponsoring an award.
The special guest speaker this year was Dame Valerie Adams, who won the hearts and respect of everyone in attendance.
Counties Manukau’s Chief Nurse Dr Jenny Parr says:
“Those attending followed the journey of a shy girl from a humble South Auckland family, who went on to encounter and overcome some major challenges in her personal life, while becoming an international icon. That she was able to share her story with such humour and grace, endeared her to those in attendance.
“ The award winners proudly represent Excellence in Nursing at Counties Manukau, and we congratulate you all. The Margaret Gadsdon Nursing Scholarship for Professional Development was awarded to Fonoifafo Seumanu-McFarland - Clinical Nurse Specialist with Kidz First Community Health."