Graduate nurses excelling in Aged Care
15 May 2017
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Eldon nurse Anna Altabas
At the Capital & Coast District Health Board Awards held in Wellington last Friday night, one of our nurses, Anna Altabas, received the International Nurses Day Aged Care Award for her work at Oceania Healthcare’s Eldon Rest Home in Paraparaumu.
Celebrated on the 12th of May, the date of Florence Nightingale’s birth, International Nurses Day is a global event held each year in recognition of nurses’ invaluable work. The award is funded by Te Hopai Trust for excellence in the Aged Care Sector.
Anna started with Eldon Rest Home as a new graduate nurse doing the NETP programme in mid-2015. The aim of the NETP programme is to provide New Zealand trained graduate nurses with support and professional development in their transition from student to RN.
These fixed term contracts are within practice areas that have protected positions for graduates and are 32 or 36 hours per week (depending on area).
Graduate nurses often have difficulty finding placements and are viewed as requiring too much effort but Eldon’s Business & Care Manager, Theresa Jones, who has trained many graduate nurses at Eldon, disagrees. “We’re extremely proud of Anna and her achievement demonstrates the benefits of investing in New Zealand’s new graduate nurses.”
At the awards, Anna was described as being “superbly flexible, having a marvellous attitude, and being very professional and caring to residents”. This is the third time an Eldon nurse has been recognised at the Capital & Coast District Health Board Awards. The previous two awards were received in 2012.
Find out more about Eldon Rest Home here