ACE Awards Celebrates Northland Nurses and Midwives Achievements

The work of Northland nurses and midwives was celebrated this month at a moving and inspiring awards ceremony in Whangarei.
Thirty-four nurses and four midwives from around Northland were commended for their efforts at the second annual ACE (acknowledging, celebrating and encouraging excellence in nursing and midwifery) and Values Awards.
Held in conjunction with International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife, which both fell this month, the ACE Awards evening drew 80 attendees.
The awards, which previously focused on Primary Health Care, were this year extended to include the Northland DHB and are a recognition of nurses and midwives’ achievements incorporating both the ACE Awards and Northland DHB values.
Following a light meal, guests at Manaia House PHO were entertained and inspired by guest speaker Ministry of Health chief nurse Dr Jane O’Malley who spoke about the evolution of nursing care.
Florence Nightingale is remembered perhaps as the lady with the lamp and her strong mythical-like linkage to caring has often been romantically skewed a little too far but, caring for her included a strong focus on discipline, leadership and the importance of placing the person at the centre of care ‘in the best possible situation to guide healing’. This resonates with the current focus on ‘services as close to home as safely as possible’.
Ms Nightingale would very much approve of the latest iteration of the move within and across the ministries to improve service integration: working together with people and communities as centre to their concerns.
I think the whole notion of services as close to home as safe as possible is one she would applaud. Florence would be proud of you all.
Dr O’Malley also spoke about influential medical legends closer to home, such as Truby King, founder of the Plunket Society and how Mr King’s colleagues originally saw the free service as a threat to their incomes. Today the Plunket Society is a large and vastly different organisation and yet the core of the focus and philosophy holds true to its foundation.
So let’s fast forward to the 21st century and the changes required in healthcare today.
Clinical integration requires providers to work together to provide seamless services to avoid, duplication, fragmentation, overlaps and gaps. Old contractual arrangements reinforcing partial and fragmented approaches are being replaced.
Other changes included an emphasis on primary and community care and nurses are taking an active and increasing role in primary care.
The focus is on improving population health, keeping people well and co-ordinating their care. The extent of the use of nurses is still variable but changing rapidly.
Awards recipients were then called to the stage to be presented their awards from Dr O’Malley and director of nursing and midwifery Margareth Brrodkoorn, who acknowledged the special relationship nurses and midwives have in their Northland communities.
Primary Health Care associate director of nursing Mary Carthew says the annual celebration, co-hosted by Northland DHB, Manaia Health and Te Tai Tokerau PHOs is now an integral part of supporting Northland nurses and midwives to work together as a team to collectively improve the health and well-being of all Northlanders.
Nurses and midwives work in teams and are, by nature, quiet achievers who more often than not deflect individual praise. These awards recognise the value we and the community place in these nurses and their work.
One of the special aspects of the evening was the celebration of so many of our Maori nurses who work tirelessly for their communities outside their day jobs. The singing of waiata to support the nurses really enhanced the evening. Their stories and the public acknowledgement of the amazing work they do will hopefully inspire more young Maori to become nurses or midwives. Northland would be all the richer if this was an outcome.
Also acknowledged for her services to nursing was Kaitaia practice nurse Sally Osbourne, who died of cancer this year. Her daughter, Katie-Louise Horgan later said the acknowledgement meant a lot to her and her family and it would have meant a lot to her mother.
She was an incredible nurse and it is amazing to see her recognised by the people she worked with and respected so highly.

Te Tai Tokerau PHO ACE Awards

Acknowledging, Celebrating, Encouraging Primary Health Care Work:

For Services to Nursing – Sally Osbourne – practice nurse 1960-2014

Acknowledging, Celebrating & Encouraging Excellence in Primary Health Care Nursing, Northland/TaiTokerau:

Leadership - Kathy Menary – nurse practitioner Broadway Health Centre
Quality & Teamwork – Tracey Wihongi – RN Adolescent Health Centre, Ngati Hine Health Trust
Innovation – Karen Calnan – practice nurse, Broadway Health Centre
Teamwork – Nancy Yakas & Pat Sullivan – practice nurses, Moerewa Medical Centre
Teamwork & Advocacy – Jenny James – manager, Rural Consortium
Quality & Leadership – Gail Gillespie – palliative care specialist, Far North Community Hospice
Leadership & Services to Maori – Moe Milne – Maori health consultant
Leadership – Maureen Kearney – palliative care nurse, Hospice Mid-North
Quality Initiative – Carol Smith – enrolled nurse, Kerikeri Medical Centre
Leadership – Deb Yarrall – palliative care nurse, Hospice Mid-North
Teamwork & Leadership – Rebecca Wilcox – registered nurse, Hokianga Health
Innovation – Melissa Peterson – practice nurse, Te Whare Hauora Clinic
Teamwork & Community – Mihinga Robson – RN Whanau Ora Whakawhiti Ora Pai
Leadership & ‘Good Sort’ Award – Christine Dorsey – hospital services manager, Hokianga Health

Midwifery ACE Awards

Acknowledging, Celebrating & Encouraging Excellence in Midwifery, Northland/Tai Tokerau:

Leadership & Teamwork – Don Ballard & Tina Sherman, self-employed midwives
Quality Initiative – Wendy Taylor, midwifery educator
Quality Initiative & Leadership – Michelle Bailey, midwife/maternity quality & safety co-ordinator

Manaia Health PHO

Acknowledging, Celebrating & Encouraging Excellence in Primary Health Care Nursing, Northland/Tai Tokerau:

Leadership & Innovation – Judith Hall – Health Centre manager North Tec
Innovation & Teamwork – Maryann Connor – registered nurse, Ki A Ora Ngatiwai
‘Good Sort’ Award – Alison Blakeborough – practice nurse, Dargaville Medical Centre
Teamwork & Community – Minnie Cotton – registered nurse, Te Puawaitanga o Otangarei
Teamwork & Innovation – France Badham, Kellie Priest, Tina Vink – public health nurses
Quality & Innovation – Donna Palmer – practice nurse, Onerahi Medical Centre
Innovation & Team Work – Rana Vette – youth nurse, Whangarei Youth Space
Leadership & Innovation – Rachael Hetaraka – Child health programme leader, Manaia Health PHO

Northland DHB Values Award

Value: Excellence – Adrienne Coats – diabetes nurse, specialist/prescriber Northland DHB
Value: Caring – Angela Connolly – registered nurse, Nursing Bureau, Northland DHB
Value: Respect – Caroline Thomas – staff nurse, ENT Clinic Northland DHB
Value: Communication – Ruth Prime – registered nurse, Bay of Islands Hospital
Value: Excellence – Sharon Kerwin – associate clinical nurse manager, Ward 4 Northland DHB
Value: People First – Sally Adams – acting clinical nurse manager, CCU Northland DHB
Values: People First & Excellence – Pauline Brown – paediatric clinical nurse specialist – Eczema & Allergy
Values: Excellence – Denise Watene – clinical nurse manager, Ward 15 Northland DHB

Masters Qualifications 2013:

Margaret Hand
Catherine Beazley
Mo Atkinson
Elizabeth Allen
Hayley Moyle
Wendy Coleman
Kathryn Erai
Pauline Brown

Services A - Z


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