Solo mum top young nurse

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LUKE KIRKEBY re­ports on this year’s top young nurse. ‘‘Don't just think be­cause you have had a child that that is it.’’ Rosita Richards

cer­tifi­cate and $2000 and said she was pas­sion­ate about her work with Manawanui Whai Ora Kaiti­aki.

‘‘We work pre­dom­i­nantly as an ex­ten­sion of the Toko­roa Fam­ily Health GP prac­tice and I work closely with a ka­iawhina (sup­port worker) go­ing into homes to see any­one with long term con­di­tions such as heart dis­ease, di­a­betes and cancer.

‘‘We ed­u­cate fam­i­lies on the con­di­tions and ad­vo­cate for them dur­ing their ap­point­ments if they have to see a spe­cial­ist.

‘‘The ka­iawhina does the social work and I do the clin­i­cal such as bloods at home.’’

She urged young moth­ers not to think their lives couldn’t go any­where.

‘‘It was my plun­ket nurse An­gela Ria who said I would make a re­ally good nurse and I re­ally held onto what she said and I have now done it.

‘‘Don’t just think be­cause you have had a child that that is it.

‘‘It is ac­tu­ally a priv­i­lege to be able to grow up with your chil­dren and prove to them that even though you had them young it doesn’t stop you from do­ing any­thing.

‘‘Al­ways strive for what you want to do in life.’’

Richards also thanked her mother and sis­ter for help­ing her.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Young Nurse of the Year win­ner Rosita Richards with pa­tient 14-month-old Sofia Steiner.

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