Southern Cross hospital nurse recognised

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s (NZNO’s) Young Nurse of the Year Award has been presented to Southern Cross Healthcare's very own Kelly Talbot, a 29-year-old clinical nurse specialist at Southern Cross' Rotorua hospital and student nurse educator at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, based in Rotorua. 

Kelly’s nominators say she has earned a solid reputation for hard work, straight talking, competent leadership and fine teaching. They commend her compassion, courage and commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi, and say her teaching style enriches the learning experiences of students and potential future colleagues.

They also say she is able to educate patients, putting things into terms they can really understand.

Her nomination was accompanied by several supporting letters from her students who describe her as ‘fantastic’, ‘encouraging’, ‘approachable’, ‘helpful’, and ‘professional’.

Kelly says she was shocked to have received such recognition.

“Being told there was a panel of people who loved reading about my journey and my work made me teary-eyed, but I feel very proud and honoured.”

She says she absolutely enjoys her work.

“I remember being a student myself, trying to juggle my daughter, work and study. Times were tough and I love that now, as a student nurse educator, I have the opportunity to support and mentor students while on their clinical placements.

“It’s great that I can help build on their clinical knowledge with my teaching, seeing their confidence grow and being there to support them when they feel like giving up.”

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