International Nurses Day 2023

Today, Friday 12 May we celebrate nurses across the globe as we remember the pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.

Ka huri huri te ao, ka mua, ka muri |The world is changing and we need to be moving with it. We look to the past to inform the future.

It is appropriate on this day to reflect on our beginnings as Rural Nurses within Federated Farmers, and the work done to improve access to health for those in rural areas, and to celebrate on this very day the opening of our first Nursing Clinic in Canterbury, still focused on improving health outcomes and access.  International Nurses Day 2023 is a time for us to reflect on the vital role our nurses have played in our history and will continue to play in shaping the future of healthcare, such as nurse-led clinics filling a vital need for access to Healthcare in our communities.

Our nurses who work for and in their communities play a critical role in enabling people to be well at home, promoting health, and managing chronic conditions. They also form long term relationships with our tāngata and their whānau, often spanning many years.

Our nurses face new situations daily in the face of many challenges seen over the past three years, including staff shortages, lack of equitable funding from Government for the services we deliver and the impacts of the pandemic.

Our nurses practising our value of kaitiakitanga|caring for our community daily, showing resilience through kotahitanga|working together to respond effectively to emerging health challenges, incorporating manaakitanga|look after each other to tū tika|do the right thing.

We celebrate and honour the incredible contributions of our community nurses and commit to continuing to advocate for them at all levels. By doing so, we can ensure that the work of our nurses is known across the health sector, and that our nurses are well-prepared to meet the evolving healthcare needs of our communities, delivering the highest quality of care to tāngata, both now and in the future.

We want to thank all our nurses across Access Community Health and Total Care Health for their care and dedication to their tāngata, whānau and communities. A sincere thank you to each of you.

Ngā mihi nui; Kia ora rawa atu – Thank you very much.

Androulla Kotrotsos

CEO/Managing Director

The smile on District Nurse Team Leader, Sara Bray, says it all.  It’s a milestone day, Day 1 of our Nursing Clinic in the Canterbury Office.

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