We support our students. We make sure they get all they can from their study. And when something great happens, we want to share it. Be it in nursing, social practice, occupational therapy or midwifery, current students or graduates, our students are marking their mark in the industry and excelling at what they do.
Waikato Regional Cancer Centre clinical nurse specialist and Wintec postgraduate student Ellyn Proffit has been named Nurse of the Year by the Waikato District Health Board.
The award is announced annually by the Waikato DHB and was part of International Nurses Day which took place earlier this month.
“It just doesn’t feel real,” Ellyn says. “The response I’ve had from people has been overwhelming. I even had the woman who helped birth me and my twin sister send me a message of congratulations!”
New extensions to nurse prescribing rights has opened up opportunities to Bryan Gibbison, an external partner to the Centre for Health and Social Practice.
Bryan is one of six diabetes nurses with the Waikato Regional Diabetes Service to become authorised in medication prescription.
For authorisation, nurses must complete a postgraduate pharmacological paper, a clinical assessment and a specialty paper in diabetes. Nurses are supervised by a senior clinician which ensures good practice.
The extension now means that primary care nurses can become diabetes prescribing nurses. The amount of medications that can be prescribed has also increased from 26 to over 200, allowing insulin renewals to happen immediately without going through a specialist.
- 2016 Special Awards: Child, Youth and Family Senior Advisor speaks about her journey in social work and the need to protect vulnerable children
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Wintec’s best and brightest students were celebrated recently at special awards ceremonies – a chance to recognise the outstanding graduates from each discipline at the institution.
This year, Child, Youth and Family’s Senior Advisor Waikato Operations, Julie Peake, was invited to be guest speaker at the Centre for Health and Social Practice’s special awards ceremony on March 22. Included in the audience of around 150 were students, their whānau, Wintec staff, council, sponsors and other representatives from the community, including Hamilton West MP Tim Macindoe and Labour List MP Sue Moroney.
Wintec graduate Shalini Mupnar has been awarded the Auckland District Health Board’s inaugural Aged Care Nurse of the Year.