Recognising achievements of nurses and midwives

The Nurses and Midwives of Tairawhiti (NAMOT) annual awards were held on Saturday

The Nurses and Midwives of Tairawhiti (NAMOT) annual awards were held on Saturday

Professor Kay Morris Matthews

THE achievements and dedication of nurses and midwives were celebrated last Saturday at the Nurses and Midwives of Tairawhiti (NAMOT) annual awards. Nine awards were presented to nurses and midwives who are “going above and beyond” to provide the best care to those who need them.

They share this determination with another group of Tairawhiti women, those who left the district to serve in World War 1. Their story was a theme throughout the evening. Excerpts from the World War 1-themed play A Time Like This, by playwright and nurse Jackie Davis, were performed by Mike Costello and Myles Ashworth.

Professor Kay Morris Matthews of EIT Hawke’s Bay was guest speaker for the evening. She is the author of Recovery: Women’s Overseas Service in World War 1. Prof Matthews shared stories about the exploits of an intrepid group of nurses who left Tairawhiti during World War 1.

Hauora Tairawhiti chief executive Jim Green attended the evening.

“It was very humbling to hear how they cared for the wounded in far-flung countries half way around the world,” he said. “The stories of those women were of courage, determination, a sense of duty, innovation and above all, caring. They had a significant impact and many of them continued that when they came home and carried on their careers.

“Fast forward 100 years to 2017 and we can see many of today’s midwives and nurses displaying similar attributes. Our modern day award nominees may not be far from home or in a totally different environment, but they are right up there for ensuring people in Tairawhiti get exemplary care, and not just today, looking forward to what can be improved for the future.”

A NAMOT spokeswoman said the awards night was a great success and was a fitting acknowledgment of all the nominated nurses and midwives. On behalf of the NAMOT committee, she thanked all who supported the awards night.

Nominees and recipients for Tairawhiti Nurses and Midwives Awards

Director of Nursing New Graduate

· Jemma Torrie, Ward 5

· Tinks Hooper, Planet Sunshine

· Kerryn White, Maternity

AWARD RECIPIENT: Tinks Hooper.

Gaye Hollamby (Heikell) Excellence in Clinical Practice

· Carrie McLean, ICU

· Jude Francis, Palliative Care

AWARD RECIPIENT: Jude Francis.

Services to Nursing

· Susanna Lawrence, Neonatal

· Patricia Collins, District Nursing

· Heather Robertson, Planning/Funding

· Robyn Dymock, Nursing Quality

AWARD RECIPIENT: Patricia Collins.

Services to Midwifery

· Anna Vita, Core Midwife

· Iidil Merlini, Core Midwife

AWARD RECIPIENT: Iidil Merlini.

Innovation/Patient Safety

AWARD RECIPIENT: Rachel Cook Outpatients.

General Practice / Primary Care Nursing

· Cheryl Johnson, Ngati Porou Hauora

· Tai Lolohea, De Lautour Road Medical

AWARD RECIPIENT: Tai Lolohea.

Services to Maori Nursing

AWARD RECIPIENT: Gwen Ahuriri,Ward 8.

Services to Maori Midwifery

· Hapu Ora Midwives

· Liz Tamepo Independent Maori Midwife

AWARD RECIPIENT: Hapu Ora Midwives.

EIT Student Support for Undergraduate Nurses

AWARD RECIPIENT: Well Child Team and Beetham Healthcare.

Lifetime Services to Nursing – Sponsored by the Cook Hospital Nurses Reunion Group

AWARD RECIPIENT: Karen Armstrong.

THE achievements and dedication of nurses and midwives were celebrated last Saturday at the Nurses and Midwives of Tairawhiti (NAMOT) annual awards. Nine awards were presented to nurses and midwives who are “going above and beyond” to provide the best care to those who need them.

They share this determination with another group of Tairawhiti women, those who left the district to serve in World War 1. Their story was a theme throughout the evening. Excerpts from the World War 1-themed play A Time Like This, by playwright and nurse Jackie Davis, were performed by Mike Costello and Myles Ashworth.

Professor Kay Morris Matthews of EIT Hawke’s Bay was guest speaker for the evening. She is the author of Recovery: Women’s Overseas Service in World War 1. Prof Matthews shared stories about the exploits of an intrepid group of nurses who left Tairawhiti during World War 1.

Hauora Tairawhiti chief executive Jim Green attended the evening.

“It was very humbling to hear how they cared for the wounded in far-flung countries half way around the world,” he said. “The stories of those women were of courage, determination, a sense of duty, innovation and above all, caring. They had a significant impact and many of them continued that when they came home and carried on their careers.

“Fast forward 100 years to 2017 and we can see many of today’s midwives and nurses displaying similar attributes. Our modern day award nominees may not be far from home or in a totally different environment, but they are right up there for ensuring people in Tairawhiti get exemplary care, and not just today, looking forward to what can be improved for the future.”

A NAMOT spokeswoman said the awards night was a great success and was a fitting acknowledgment of all the nominated nurses and midwives. On behalf of the NAMOT committee, she thanked all who supported the awards night.

Nominees and recipients for Tairawhiti Nurses and Midwives Awards

Director of Nursing New Graduate

· Jemma Torrie, Ward 5

· Tinks Hooper, Planet Sunshine

· Kerryn White, Maternity

AWARD RECIPIENT: Tinks Hooper.

Gaye Hollamby (Heikell) Excellence in Clinical Practice

· Carrie McLean, ICU

· Jude Francis, Palliative Care

AWARD RECIPIENT: Jude Francis.

Services to Nursing

· Susanna Lawrence, Neonatal

· Patricia Collins, District Nursing

· Heather Robertson, Planning/Funding

· Robyn Dymock, Nursing Quality

AWARD RECIPIENT: Patricia Collins.

Services to Midwifery

· Anna Vita, Core Midwife

· Iidil Merlini, Core Midwife

AWARD RECIPIENT: Iidil Merlini.

Innovation/Patient Safety

AWARD RECIPIENT: Rachel Cook Outpatients.

General Practice / Primary Care Nursing

· Cheryl Johnson, Ngati Porou Hauora

· Tai Lolohea, De Lautour Road Medical

AWARD RECIPIENT: Tai Lolohea.

Services to Maori Nursing

AWARD RECIPIENT: Gwen Ahuriri,Ward 8.

Services to Maori Midwifery

· Hapu Ora Midwives

· Liz Tamepo Independent Maori Midwife

AWARD RECIPIENT: Hapu Ora Midwives.

EIT Student Support for Undergraduate Nurses

AWARD RECIPIENT: Well Child Team and Beetham Healthcare.

Lifetime Services to Nursing – Sponsored by the Cook Hospital Nurses Reunion Group

AWARD RECIPIENT: Karen Armstrong.

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