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International Nurses Day celebrated on 12 May

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May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday, is International Nurses Day. This year is especially significant given it is also marks the first centenary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War.

​ New Zealand nurses responded to the call to act at that time and now, 100 years later, we are still celebrating the contribution that they, and other nurses throughout the generations, continue to have on our health system today.

Nurses, as the single largest profession in the health workforce, are well positioned to drive efficiency and effectiveness improvements while providing quality care and attaining optimal patient and population outcomes. The theme for this year's celebrations therefore is: 'Nurses: A Force for change: Care Effective, Cost Effective'.

MidCentral District Health Board values the contribution and commitment nurses bring to our patients, clients and whanau within our health system. We are excited to hear of the different innovations that have been changing the way we provide healthcare for patients. 

We would like to take the opportunity to personally thank all nurses and their support staff for the very valuable work they do in Palmerston North Hospital, Horowhenua Health Centre, primary healthcare and aged residential care throughout our district. Your commitment is outstanding.

Every day we come to work and hear amazing stories of the work nurses in our district have done, and are doing. This year we celebrate one of our nursing colleagues, Tracey McNeur as our region’s Nursing Hero. In support of Tracey’s nomination as our MDHB nursing hero, Dr Esther Willis, a partner at Kauri HealthCare said: “Tracey McNeur is a truly inspiring primary health care nurse who selflessly goes 'above and beyond' to 'be the change she wants to see'. Tracey is employed by Kauri Health Integrated Family Health Centre as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Long Term Conditions. A strong proponent of the saying 'team-work makes the dream work', Tracey's passion and drive as well as her ability to develop a shared vision are the keys that motivate her teams' achievements. 
Tracey has recently completed her Masters and diabetes prescribing practicum. "Her commitment to quality improvement is illustrated by the pre diabetes education programme she has initiated.  This is now an integral part of care within Kauri Health.   To date, none of the people who have gone through the pre diabetes education programme have progressed to developing diabetes. All care is centred around patient needs and goals - I have no doubt this is a major contributing factor to the favourable health outcomes she achieves.
Tracey has been, and is involved with, an expanding number of practice and district-wide quality improvement initiatives since 2008. At a district level, Tracey is Chair of the Long Term Conditions District Group, Chair of the Pre-Diabetes Working Party, a member of Diabetes Partnership Group, and a member of the Map of Medicine Diabetes Collaborative Clinical Pathways. At a practice level Tracey is involved with IFHC Practice Development Plans, Pre-Diabetes Programming, Diabetes Annual Review, and Diabetes Standing Orders. Clearly, Tracey's commitment to health quality and improvement is exceptional.”
Midwifery leadership at MDHB and WDHB support their nursing colleagues in celebrating International Nurses Day.
Cheryl Benn, Regional Midwifery Advisor and Leona Dann, Regional Director of Midwifery said: “The midwives of the MidCentral District celebrate the work of our nurses in the provision of effective care for the district’s population. We appreciate the work that you do across the primary and secondary sectors from the beginnings in maternity through the spectrum of care across all age groups.  
We look forward to further collaborative approaches in the provision of care. Together we will make a difference by embracing the triple aims of improved quality, safety and experience of care, improved health and equity for all populations and best value for public health system resources.”

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