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Asthma clinics earn Tiplady tohu

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The Nurses Organisation has celebrated the work its members are doing to address problems in the community like eczema and asthma.

At its annual conference in Wellington this week, it gave the tohu for the 2017 Young Nurse of the Year to Jess Tiplady from the Greenstone Family Clinic, Auckland.

She’s the youngest Maori nurse to have achieved nurse practitioner status.

Nurses Organisation kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says she and runner up Dana Smith from Dunedin Hospital are both community leaders in their own right.

Ms Tiplady’s eczema and asthma clinics are free for children under 13.

"She’s had impact on families in overcrowded houses where associated infections, itching and discomfort of eczema. loss of sleep and the potential of hospilisation has been significant so she has managed to curb the amount of hospitalisation as a result of eczema and asthma," she says.

Kerri Nuku was also honoured, receiving the Award of Honour for the way she has developed the kaiwhakahaere co-leadership role and taken the Nurses Organisation towards a greater understanding of the bicultural partnership, the importance of tikanga and preserving the mana of all members.



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