Journal of Professional Nursing

The significant cultural value of our Māori nursing workforce

Te uara ahurea nui tonu o tō tātou tira kaimahi tapuhi Māori

Kiri Hunter RN, MN, DipTLT, Senior Academic, Health Curriculum Area, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson, NZ
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Maniapoto

Reference:  Hunter, K. (2019). The significant cultural value of our Māori nursing workforce [Editorial]. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 35(3), 4-6. 

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that the WHO was “proud” to nominate 2020 as the year of the nurse and midwife: “…2020 will be dedicated to highlighting the enormous sacrifices and contributions of nurses and midwives, and to ensuring that we address the shortage of these vital professions” (International Council of Nurses, 2019). This accolade is a well-earned tribute to our profession. In this editorial, I draw particular attention to the sacrifices and contributions of Māori nurses who are so often unable to live their cultural values at work. These nurses aspire for tauiwi (non-Māori) nurses to work as their culturally responsive allies, committed to recognising and voicing concerns about racial discrimination experienced by Māori within health care settings.

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