Cultural relationships at forefront of new nurses welcome


Nurses start their careers with cultural understanding
A group of 20 nurses in black and white outside Tamatekapua, the whare tipuna at Te Papaiouru Marae in Ohinemutu Village.

The graduates outside Tamatekapua at Te Papaiouru Marae

This year’s cohort of graduate nurses have been welcomed into Te Whatu Ora Lakes.

They started their orientation with a visit to Paratehoata-Te Kohea Marae, which included a hīkoi around Ohinemutu, a living Māori village, to understand the connection between Ngāti Whakaue and Rotorua Hospital.

This year there are 19 in the Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) and two in the Nurse Entry to Specialty Practice (NESP). Most will be based in Rotorua Hospital with two in Taupō Hospital.

For one nurse the visit was very familiar.

"I'm from the pā, but I've not been down there in a little while but going down there for this reason gave me a different perspective," said Moana Wilson.

"I was born and raised there but I was there celebrating being a nurse and watching everyone else learn out our people. I thought that was cool."

Anju Timilsina is from Nepal, she said she felt ready to start work as a nurse.

"I learned what Ngāti Whakaue have given to the community and how we can help them and take care of what they gifted. Māori culture is very similar to Nepalese culture in that we look after our elderly."

Their orientation is spread across two weeks. It includes learning about various aspects of working in the hospital, from the clinical equipment pool to pharmacy, as well as formal classroom-based learning.

This is the third year that the orientation has started at Tunohopu.

“We realise the importance of greeting our new graduates at Tunohopu,” said Marguerite Marsh, ADON (Māori).

“We want them to be mindful of our community. By welcoming them this way and taking them through Ohinemutu they learn about the relationship between Ngāti Whakaue, and Rotorua Hospital where they will be working.

“I think they all learned a lot from that experience.”

NETP: Ansu Suresh, Jaylea Swetman (Orthopaedics), Rio Weko (Outpatients), Allie Sharples (Children’s Unit), Moana Wilson, Hannah Sydiongco, Abin Cherian (Theatre), Kataraina Fredricksen, Jhem Brondial (Surgical), Hannah Gimblett, Deni Glanville, Kate Funnell, Jessica Kok (ED), Parth Amin, Molly Flavell (Medical), Anju Timilsana, Maiza Dizon (OPRS), Mahanawai Daniela (ICU), Shayna Rameka (Taupō Inpatient Unit).

NESP: Maia Thomas and Ronel-Lee Oosthuizen