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Looking Back, Thinking Ahead 

Norma Chick, RGON, RM, PhD, FCNA, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing Studies, Massey University. 

Reference:  Chick, N. (1986). Looking Back, Thinking Ahead Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 1(2) 39-43

My impression of 1985 was a year of assertiveness by nurses in New Zealand.  Returning from sabbatical leave in Fegruary I had missed the furore and protests associated with the Division of Nursing and the Director’s position – events which possible set the mood for the following year.  What I did experience was the prolonged debate and energy build-up which culminated in the December settlement.