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Wednesday 20 September 2017

New charge nurse for Taupo’s Inpatient Unit has extensive rural health background

The new clinical nurse manager of Taupo Hospital’s Inpatient Unit has extensive experience of health in rural settings, both in Australia and New Zealand. 

Alice Street trained as a nurse in London in the 1990s and at the end of the decade emigrated to New Zealand. She ended up in Rawene Hospital in the far north where she met her husband, also a nurse, and fell in love with rural health.

“You get to know your patients as members of your community and can see improvements in their health care. I enjoy the pride that comes from the staff that work in rural health, and the ownership and loyalty they feel towards their hospital and their health service,” said Alice.

She adds that working for rural hospitals is like being with family. Having lived away from her family in the United Kingdom for many years, the staff relationships that are made within rural hospitals is often like family.

From Rawene Alice and her nurse husband moved to Australia where they worked on remote aboriginal communities first in Western Australia, in Oombulgurri and Lombardina. The later moved to another larger Aboriginal community with a small hospital on Palm Island, a small Island off the coast of North Queensland. This was a similar size to Taupo and Alice was the clinical nurse manager and then the acting director of nursing.

Next stop was Ingham, a small rural district hospital in North Queensland, and then to Ballina in Northern New South Wales. This was the largest centre she had worked at for some years, with the Ballina District Hospital having two wards, a day dialysis unit, a small theatre and ED.

Alice holds post graduate certificates in health management and health system finance as well as special papers in rural health.

The colder temperatures in Taupo might take some getting used to after living in Australia, with Alice having really found it cold when she arrived last week.

But she says the redeveloped Taupo Hospital has made a lovely first impression, looking lovely and clean and well designed.

“The friendliness and welcoming nature of all staff in both Taupo and Rotorua has been great. I look forward to settling in.”