NZ nurse awarded Florence Nightingale Medal

May 14, 2013

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has awarded New Zealand nurse  Janet Askew the highest international distinction a nurse can receive.

The Florence Nightingale Medal honours exceptional courage and devotion to the victims of armed conflict or natural disaster.

The medal also recognizes exemplary services and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health and nursing education.

“Janet has extensive international nursing experience. Her first mission with New Zealand Red Cross was in 2003 when she went to Sudan (Juba) as a Health aid worker,” says New Zealand Red Cross Secretary General Andrew McKie.

“Janet has exemplified the personal qualities of courage and bravery many times during her career. The Florence Nightingale Award recognises her outstanding commitment and devotion to duty,” he says.

This year 32 aid workers throughout the world will receive the Florence Nightingale Medal. It is the 44th award of the medal. Janet Askew is only the 26th New Zealander to receive the award.

Janet will deploy to Lebanon next month on her sixth Red Cross mission.


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