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May 12th is Florence Nightingale's birthday, and the day on which we celebrate the importance of nurses around the world. It's a day to celebrate our achievements, give each other a pat on the back and reflect on our proud history and look forward to our future with hope and determination.
We have a proud history and legacy to uphold and our very foundations are built on our Nurses who have been at the forefront of keeping our communities safe in their homes since 1927. In those early days the 'bush nurses', members of the Women's Division Federated Farmers, rode horseback to people isolated in rural communities bringing valuable support, care and assistance in the home and maternity support.
Our Access Community Health whakatauki is "Ka mua, ka muri" meaning "walking backwards into the future" – we must look to the past to inform the future. We have such a strong nursing heritage and influence within our organization who continue to put the client at the heart of everything they do. The compassion and care relates very strongly to the ethos and integrity of “the Lady with the Lamp” who set in motion a journey for Nurses to be recognized for the significant value that each Nurse brings to our communities. Thank you from all your colleagues at Access Community Health & Total Care Health as you celebrate the tremendous contribution Nurses make to the health and wellness of our country.
Thank you for your tenacity, your care, your grit and determination.
We asked some of our Nurses why they became a Nurse and what being a Nurse means to them. Click here to find out what they had to say.