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Triage nurse wins award.

MidCentral District Health Board emergency department (ED) nurse Paul 3ukes has been awarded the 2010 Kirsty Morton Memorial Triage Award. This recognises a nurse who achieves a high standard while undertaking the national triage course run by the College of Emergency Nurses NZNO. The course trains triage nurses in the nationwide framework used to assess and prioritise patients who come to an ED. Jukes attended the course last year and has been a triage nurse for almost four years.

Jukes said he saw the award as an ED achievement, rather than an individual one. "I work with fantastic teachers and resource people who have taught and supported me in my role. I enjoy working in a team, triaging patients with complex and challenging needs, as well as helping patients, their families and friends."


Jukes qualified as a nurse in 1993 from the then Hawke's Bay Polytechnic. He had previously worked as a medic with the New Zealand Army--"a good introduction to dealing with trauma and emergencies," he said.

The Kirsty Morton Memorial Award is made annually in memory of Kirsty Morton, a widely respected emergency nurse and triage course instructor, who worked at Tauranga Hospital ED and who died in 2008. She exemplified the qualities all emergency nurses aspire to.

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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:May 1, 2011
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