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.


His work her work

June 9, 2011

A father and his son were involved in a serious accident. The father dies and the son was taken to hospital. The doctor looked at him in shock and said, “That’s my son.”

I was asked to explain that about 35 years ago and took a long time to work it out.

I’ll continue after the break in case you want/need time to get the explanation.

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Florence Nightingale medal for NZ nurse

June 3, 2009

Auckland nurse Joyce Hood has been awarded the Florence Nightingale medal by the International Red Cross.

The Florence Nightingale medal is the highest honour within the nursing profession. It is awarded to people who distinguish themselves in times of peace or war by showing exceptional courage and devotion to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of conflict or disaster.

As a nurse, 66-year-old Ms Hood from Remuera, Auckland has been a New Zealand Red Cross aid worker for the past 11 years and has undertaken 10 missions encompassing 75 months of field service in countries such as Afghanistan, Kenya, Timor Leste and South Ossetia.

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