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Retiring nurse says 'goodbye, and good luck' to NZNO.

SINCE TAKING early retirement at the end of 2001, I have now decided to become an "ex-nurse", by giving up my practising certificate and not renewing my subscription to NZNO. For much of my 40-year career as a nurse clinician and educator I was a member, and it is timely to thank NZNO, its staff and members I associated with over the years, for the contributions made to my understanding and knowledge of nursing.

As an active member of the Wellington branch, I participated at a local level. Through that and the annual conference of the then NZNA, I first learned meeting procedure, some skills at chairing meetings, and a beginning ability to construct an argument and mount a rebuttal. Throughout this I was exposed to the concerns and viewpoints from other parts of the country, as well as nurses working in the non-public hospital environment.

I attended most of the Norman Peryer workshops in the '80s and there discovered the way people presented formal papers and managed discussion afterwards.

I have always found NZNO staff very helpful, especially the librarians and others such as regional coordinators, and in the recent past, professional nursing advisers, especially Eileen Brown. [Originally a professional nursing adviser and now NZNO's policy analyst. Ed.]

Thank you NZNO for enlarging my perspective of nursing and goodbye. All the best for the challenges and developments ahead.

Annette Stevenson, (nee McKenzie), RGON, MA

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Title Annotation:letters
Author:Stevenson, Annette
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:May 1, 2003
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