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NZNO stalwart receives award of honour.

"A walking encyclopaedia of NZNO history and knowledge" who attended her first NZNA conference in 1968, is the latest recipient of NZNO's highest accolade, the Award of Honour. Stalwart of Auckland NZNA/NZNO for more than two decades, Catherine Logan, was given a standing ovation as she accepted the honour.

Announcing the honour, outgoing NZNO president Jane O'Malley, said Logan had made a significant contribution to NZNO over many years; had been involved in the peri-operative nurses' section/college; had served on the Auckland Regional Council; and had served two four-year terms on the board of directors, including a term as vice-president. "She is a font of knowledge ranging from health politics to the International Council of Nurses (ICN)", O'Malley said. She had nurtured many new delegates through their first industrial and professional steps; had a passion for correct procedures; had served on an ICN committee; and was still on the Nursing Education and Research Foundation. "From a personal point of view she was hugely supportive of me as in-coming president. She has a wealth of experience and love for nurses and nursing. She is a living treasure."

Logan, clearly overcome, said she could not believe it. She said the Greater Auckland Region's delegation to conference had asked her to attend "because they had some remits they wanted written".

"Nursing means everything to me, when we are down as well as when we are up. I don't stand here alone. I stand here with all of you; with my tipuna of this country and of far-off lands; with my tipuna in nursing history, including Florence Nightingale, who still means so much to me; and with my family behind me and all my nursing colleagues and friends. This is so special to me."

She said she had "snapshots of memories" from throughout her nursing career which helped her be alongside her colleagues.

She had experienced the end of her nursing but said it was fantastic there were new people to come along, new challenges, new opportunities and new ways of doing things.

"I can't believe this has happened to me. Thank you so much everyone," she said as she tearfully accepted the award.
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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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