OPENING its arms to the nurses of the future has earned a special award for Tūranga Health.
The health provider was named winner of the Support for Undergraduate Nurses (Team) prize at the Nurses and Midwives of Tairawhiti Awards for 2018.
And selector Adrianna Grogan (pictured at left) says the impact of its work will be felt long into the future.
As a senior lecturer at EIT's School of Nursing, Adrianna is charged with placing up to 80 students a year with health providers around Te Tairāwhiti.
She said Tūranga Health had been given the award because of the way it welcomes students with open arms, mentors and encourages them, and ensures they have lots of learning opportunities during their placements.
Tūranga Health is built on a vision of “Kia whai oranga-a-whanau mo nga whakatipuranga' . . . building family wellness for future generations,” she said at the awards ceremony in Gisborne.
It offers EIT third-year nursing students comprehsive primary healthcare placements that encompass values such as tinana (physical), wairua (spiritual), whānau (relationships), and hinengaro (mental health).
According to Adrianna a good number of the 22 students who graduated from EIT with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2018 had enjoyed clinical placements at Tūranga Health. Of those graduates, 20 had employment secured, three of them with a Māori health provider in Auckland,” she says.
The support they received through the course of their training was vital to that, and to the contribution they will make to the health sector going forward.
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