Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
23 May 2016
It was 1965 and Cynthia Colbert was just starting a new job with the Waiapu Hospital Board.
That was the beginning of a long and very successful nursing career that was recognised recently at the Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti Awards. Cynthia won the General Practice Nursing Award.
During the last 51 years Cynthia has become a well-respected, trusted and loved nurse by whānau in the predominantly Māori communities she has worked.
Cynthia is now employed by Ngāti Porou Hauora as the Outpatient Specialist Nurse and is a familiar face as the Practice Nurse in two Ngati Porou Hauora Health Centres.
Cynthia was recognised for her services to Māori and other whānau living on the East Coast. She has held a number of nursing roles including Ward Charge Nurse and Theatre Nurse. Cynthia has been a mentor, a support and friend to other long standing nursing colleagues as well as to new nurses appointed to work in health centres. Her nursing experience, sound local knowledge and ability to get on well with staff and communities have meant she has excelled as a Practice Nurse.
Previously, when medical recruitment proved difficult, Cynthia was one of the first Practice Nurses to conduct her duties independently supported by the GP on call. Cynthia was involved, in the development and implementation of Standing Orders for nurses at Ngati Porou Hauora.
She is able to apply these Standing Orders to guide her practice during nurse only clinic days.
Cynthia has excellent time management, a strong work ethic, very good organisational skills and is a valued team member. She demonstrates and incorporates the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi into her day to day practice.
Ngati Porou Hauora Chief Executive Rose Kahaki (left) presented Cynthia with her award.