To our nurses on International Nurses Day we thank you, your Mahi is Gold

Our nursing workforce is the largest group at Counties Manukau Health and like everyone the last two years has bought challenges that have been overcome with dedication, professionalism and truckloads of resilience.

International Nurses Day is a point in time that the world health system pauses to reflect on the critical role nurses play to ensuring patients receive the health care they need. It’s an opportunity for us all to take a moment and thank our nursing community for their mahi and the difference they make every day to thousands of patients and their whaanau.

Today, 12 May, is the birthdate of the educational nursing founder Florence Nightingale who paved the way for future nursing heroes to create their own legacy and clinical pathways that the nursing profession deliver. It’s also a time to celebrate our own local nursing heroes like Dr Irihapeti Ramsden, a registered general and obstetric nurse, doctor of philosophy, and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Dr Ramsden worked tirelessly to improve health outcomes for Maaori, including the development of Kawa Whakaruruhau, Cultural Safety in Nursing Education. The healthcare approach, developed in the 1980’s was adopted by the Nursing Council in 1992.

Dr Jenny Parr, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient and Whaanau Experience recognises the diverse community Counties Manukau nurses serve.

“I’m so proud of the can-do attitude of our nursing workforce. At Counties Manukau Health the demands on us are great but the commitment of our nurses to our community remain true, day in and day out and doesn’t  waiver” she says.

Please join us today, and every day, to thank our nursing community for their dedication, care and outstanding mahi.

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