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Nurses remembered in Christchurch ceremony

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/05/2017
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Nurses who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake have been remembered in a wreath laying ceremony on International Nurses Day.

Most of the 53 nurses, from eight countries, died when the CTV building collapsed in February 2011.

As part of International Nurses Day, a wreath-laying ceremony was held on Friday at the Christchurch Memorial.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has also released the first book of poems written by nurses, to mark the day, also iconic nurse Florence Nightingale's birthday.

Three nurses read a poem each at Friday's ceremony.

"As Florence Nightingale promoted equitable access to health care, and many pioneering Maori and pakeha nurses have too, today we reflect on how important access to community nurses and nurses across the health and social sector are to the wellbeing of society as a whole," Nursing and professional services manager Jane MacGeorge said.

Meanwhile, Corrections Minister Louise Upston on Friday also acknowledged the work of 250 nurses and health centre managers working with prisoners.

"Their patients typically have higher health and mental health needs than the rest of the community, and these nurses are often the first healthcare professionals that prisoners have seen in some time," she said.

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