Viewpoint: Why we aren’t celebrating Florence’s birthday

Debate is swirling around statues and the veneration of colonial icons in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter protests. I re-post this article I wrote in April 2020 as a contribution to a re-evaluation of the figure known as “the founder of modern nursing“. Many nurses find Nightingale’s statements on colonisation and the fate of indigenous peopleContinue reading “Viewpoint: Why we aren’t celebrating Florence’s birthday”

NZNO members call for a vote of “no confidence” in their Board

Media release – NZNO Democracy Now! 13 May 2020 A member petition calling for a motion of no confidence in the Board of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation was submitted to the union’s Chief Executive yesterday. It follows the resignation of the President, Vice-President and three other directors of the eleven-member Board in the spaceContinue reading “NZNO members call for a vote of “no confidence” in their Board”

Three former NZNO Presidents call for fresh Board elections

Media release – NZNO Democracy Now! 6 May, 2020 Three former Presidents of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation have united in a call for fresh elections for the full NZNO Board. The call is the subject of a petition launched today for a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the organisation. “As the first NZNO PresidentContinue reading “Three former NZNO Presidents call for fresh Board elections”

Q&A with members of “New Zealand, please hear our voice”

The 30 questions below were submitted by administrators of the Facebook group, “New Zealand, please hear our voice”. Formed in 2018 by two anonymous nurses using the pseudonym “Nurse Florence”, it has grown to 39,000 members. It is the largest New Zealand-based Facebook group for nurses and our supporters.  1. What was the final strawContinue reading “Q&A with members of “New Zealand, please hear our voice””

Resignation of NZNO Board members Anne Daniels, Katrina Hopkinson and Sela Ikavuka

The public statement below, from NZNO Board members Anne Daniels, Katrina Hopkinson and Sela Ikavuka, is reproduced here for ease of ongoing reference. It is reposted from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/215771465995/permalink/10158227841715996/“To NZNO members. Yesterday, we, Anne, Katrina and Sela, resigned from the board of directors Toputanga Taphuhi Kaitiaki O Aotearoa New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO). We felt leftContinue reading “Resignation of NZNO Board members Anne Daniels, Katrina Hopkinson and Sela Ikavuka”

Where to now for nurses?

As most readers of this blog will already know, I’ve resigned as NZNO President. I am returning to nursing at the coal face. Since announcing my resignation four days ago, I’ve been contacted by many NZNO members who feel let down by NZNO and asked for my thoughts on their options.  As nurses, we all have leadership responsibilities – in advocating for ourContinue reading “Where to now for nurses?”