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Nursing meant everything to Catherine Logan.

One of our nursing treasures has been lost with the death of Catherine Logan (nee Wood) on July 19. When Catherine was presented with NZNO's Award of Honour in 2005 she commented that "Nursing means everything to me", and this was evident in her nursing life. In virtue ethics, the wise practitioner is recognised as a source of what is right, what is best, what is good. Catherine, RN, RM, MA, was such a wise practitioner, demonstrating practical wisdom, and most of us who knew her would have drawn on her knowledge, experience and sage advice many times. At her funeral on July 22, the Dean of Auckland Bishop Richard Randerson described her as a "woman of grace", reminding us that all she did was done with love, with charity, with humility, and with "the other" at the centre of her actions.

Born in 1946, Catherine trained at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland and later undertook midwifery training in England. She achieved both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and always recognised the importance of on-going education. She was passionate about quality, and had a life-long interest in standards, shown in her work with NZNA's/NZNO's Operating Theatre Nurses' Section (later Perioperative Nurses' College) and in her work related to hospital accreditation with Quality New Zealand.

Catherine's commitment to perioperative nursing took her to national and international conferences, and included work on designing both postgraduate and orientation programmes for this field of nursing. She gained the respect and admiration of the multi-disciplinary teams with which she worked, at both Middlemore and Adventist Hospitals. She was the Auckland representative on the Perioperative Nurses' College national executive committee and latterly spent a productive time as editor of The Dissector, always looking for new copy. The day of Catherine's funeral, there was an Auckland meeting of the Perioperative Nurses' College which was cancelled to allow members to contribute to the celebration of her life.

The professional nursing organisation, NZNA, later NZNO, was important to Catherine. Her commitment was, as ever, thorough. She attended meetings, contributed views, participated in the writing of documents such as the Code of Ethics, served as chair of the professional advisory group, and was on the national executive/board of directors for eight years as the Greater Auckland representative. She served as NZNO vice-president from 2001-2004. She supported many presidents, delegates and ordinary members. This work led also to her involvement with the Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF), where she encouraged the trustees to focus on their primary purpose--fostering research and education. Catherine's association with NERF goes back to its 1968 inception. In the mid-1990s, she was a founder (NZNO) representative trustee on the board and served as an associate trustee from 2003 until her death. Her encyclopaedic knowledge related to nursing was legendary, and on the few occasions when she did not know something, she either knew who would, or where to find out. She was a foundation member of NZNO's research section. Catherine attended many international conferences and workshops, particularly related to perioperative nursing, held in such diverse cities as Madrid, Vancouver, Adelaide, Hawaii, Taiwan and Copenhagen. We were proud of our elegant colleague whose questions and gentle challenges reconnected us with nursing's purpose. Catherine's faith in nursing and its ability to be a force for good in the world was unwavering and brought us hope in the difficult times.

Catherine's other roles in life as wife, mother, sister, aunt and daughter were also highly valued by her family. She was caring, loving, supportive, endearing and with a ready sense of humour. As a friend, she had the capacity to make others feel they were indeed a special and important friend, witnessed by the extraordinary number of people at her funeral whose lives had been touched or shaped by Catherine's presence or interventions.

Catherine's commitment to nursing did not falter during her illness, and even a few weeks before she died, there were stilt outstanding "things to complete and hand over". She was a woman with a strong faith, and this supported her and her husband Corrie during the months of her illness.

When such a remarkable nurse is gone from our presence we feel her loss keenly. Catherine would want us to continue nursing's work and truly make nursing a force for good in the world. Her legacy is the role model of "the complete nurse"

Obituary by Elizabeth Niven, with the assistance of nurses of the Greater Auckland region
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Author:Niven, Elizabeth
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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