Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
15 June 2016
Pictured: L-R, Sonia Gamblen and Aimee Milne.
Aimee Milne is a Community and Waikohu Practice Nurse, working for Turanga Health in Tairāwhiti. Aimee recently won the ‘Director of Nursing and Midwifery Award’ at the annual NAMOT (Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti) Awards evening. Aimee’s story is a great inspiration to new and future nurses, demonstrating exactly what can be achieved when you put your mind to it.
Aimee graduated as a nurse last year, having completed the NETP (Nurses Entry to Practice Programme). Since beginning her career with Turanga Health, Aimee has demonstrated an advanced level of nursing practise and exceeded all expectations of a new graduate nurse.
Right from the start, Aimee showed an ability to work responsibly, maturely, efficiently and conscientiously to achieve a high standard of quality care for her clients. Aimee mastered the basics so quickly that she was soon asking to take on more cases. Turanga Health trusted in her abilities and confidently handed over more complex clients, for which she demonstrated an exceptionally advanced level of assessment, skill and management capability.
Aimee is a fantastic communicator who demonstrates confidence in communicating with all members of the healthcare team, and with clients and their whānau. Aimee works with a predominately Maori client base, and always endeavours to act in a culturally appropriate manner that enables her to develop a strong rapport with clients and their whānau.
Aimee goes above and beyond a new graduate level of practise, thinking and acting to identify where there are potential gaps in services. She will educate herself and facilitate the coordination of services to ensure that they integrate in order to meet the needs of her clients and their whānau. Recently, Aimee worked with a grandmother with type 2 diabetes, caring for three mokopuna. Aimee educated and helped her to manage her diabetes so that she could remain healthy and raise her mokopuna. Unfortunately, the grandmother was admitted to hospital why hydroglycaemia. In the absence of whānau or other support, Aimee stepped up to work with the children’s team to organise respite for children. This is only a snapshot of the support Aimee has provided for this whānau
In addition to her work with the community Aimee developed a traffic light system for the triage and expectation of care for clients on a community nurse casCelebrating Graduate Nursese load. The project as undertaken as part of her education, and has become an important means of communication when handing over clients, discussing resources allocation with managers and also explaining available services to clients. It’s is common daily language at Turanga Health and an ingrained part of our culture.
Aimee is another fantastic example of the great work nurses are doing in Tairāwhiti. She is an outstanding example of the amazing graduate nurses we see working within our Hospital and in the community every day.