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Nursing was the winner on the night.

A STAUNCH women's health advocate, particularly regarding cervical screening for Maori and other priority women, is this year's NZNO Award of Honour winner. The award was presented to Christchurch practice nurse Leanne Lloyd at the awards dinner.

Lloyd, who was a caregiver in Wellington before she embarked on her nursing career, has devoted much of her career to the promotion, education and practice of cervical screening, particularly among Maori, Pacific and Asian women.

Working for He Waka Tapu in Christchurch, she established nurse-led cervical screening clinics in Kaikoura, Ashburton, Akaroa and Christchurch. In 2012, she established her own business, contracting to the Christchurch Primary Health Organisation, to improve cervical screening statistics for priority women at two large general practices in the city. When that fixed-term contract finished, she took up a part-time health promotion role, educating community groups, nurses, Family Planning and others on the Maori perspective on cervical screening. During all these roles, she worked as a part-time practice nurse at the Hornby Medical Centre. Early this year, her health promotion role finished and later this year, the Hornby practice was sold. Lloyd has just started another practice nurse role at Linwood Medical Centre. She is a smear taker at the practice and is still able to do cervical screening promotion, education and practice for Canterbury District Health Board, if needed.

Her mother's "old school" approach to cervical screening, and subsequent death from cervical cancer reinforced her commitment to, and passion for women's health. "Mum was very 'old school' and thought because she hadn't been sexually active for 20 years, she didn't need a smear."

Lloyd's extended whanau know how passionate she is about cervical screening. "When the aunties see me coming, they cross their legs. I say 'don't tell me to go away' and carry a kit in my boot so I can take one on the spot, if it's needed," she said.

When she talks with nurse smear takers, Lloyd stresses the process of taking a smear is tapu for Maori women and many, particularly older women, would want to say a karakia beforehand. "As Maori, it is about whakapapa and keeping 'down there' healthy, so we still have the ability to have children and extend the iwi. I come from that perspective when I'm talking with nurses who see Maori women in their practice, who need a smear. Younger Maori women are now more open and often quite happy to fire questions at me and I find that heartening."

Described by Canterbury Te Runanga, which nominated her for the award, as an "inspirational role model", Lloyd has presented nationally and internationally on community nursing.

She said she was overwhelmed and humbled to receive the award. "There are a lot of other nurses who have done a lot more than me. But it is very nice to be appreciated for doing something I love doing. I love caring for people."

She paid tribute to her husband, Vance, for his support.

Accepting her award, Young Nurse of the Year, South Westland rural nurse specialist (RNS) Gemma Hutton, said she was just one of many young nurses who were passionate about their jobs. "I have worked alongside many wonderful nurses who have attributes to which I aspire. The commitment of the nurses I work with is inspiring."

She thanked the West Coast DHB, and award sponsors NZNO and Otago University, and her family and partner for their support.

Congratulating Hutton on her award, West Coast DHB's director of nursing and midwifery, Karyn Bousfield, said working as an RNS in South Westland was incredibly demanding, because of the responsibility and scale of the geographical area. (See profile on p11.)

A number of other nurses were presented (in person or in absentia) with service to nursing and midwifery and service to NZNO awards. Winners of the service to nursing and midwifery award were:

* Waikato gerontology clinical nurse specialist and intern nurse practitioner Julie Daltrey, who has made a significant contribution to her specialty, locally and nationally;

* Auckland sexual health nurse Sonya Temata, who is passionate about indigenous health in New Zealand and Australia; and

* Auckland clinical nurse director Abel Smith, who is a commited clinician, educator and manager and an advocate for Pacific nurses.

Winners of the service to NZNO award were:

* Auckland critical care nurse Sam Mojel, who has been a delegate for 10 years and served on NZNO's board;

* Christchurch caregiver Ruth Te Rangi, who has served on Christchurch Regional Council and Te Runanga, and has a deep understanding of tikanga;

* Nelson duty manager Bridget Baldwin, who is the immediate past chair of the nurse managers' section;

* Wellington enrolled nurse (EN) Anita Te Kahu, who has been active in the national section and on Te Runanga;

* Auckland EN Dorothy Browning, who is the chair of the local EN section and is involved in mentoring EN students; and

* Auckland district nurse Judy Hattie, who is the immediate past chair of NZNO's primary health care nurses college and who strives to always work biculturally.
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Date:Oct 1, 2015
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