Plunket Nurse Karen Thurston is looking forward to providing even greater support to whānau in her community following her registration as a nurse practitioner. “It’s a very exciting time for Karen and the local community”, said Dr Jane O’Malley, Plunket’s Chief Nurse, in acknowledging Karen’s achievement. Based in Ngaruawahia, Karen has been a Plunket nurse for 10 years, coming to Plunket as a new graduate.
Following consultation with the Karori community, Plunket will begin negotiations with community members who have expressed an interest in taking over the operation of the Karori Plunket crèche. Plunket’s Chief of Strategy and Performance Radha Balakrishnan says Plunket is committed to working with the Karori community to support the continuation of a sessional, community-operated crèche in Karori. “Plunket understands the importance that the Karori community places on the crèche – and the consultation process has confirmed this.
“Providing good advice and a supportive environment is key to helping mothers and their babies who are learning to breastfeed,” says Dr Jane O’Malley, Plunket’s Chief Nurse. This week Plunket celebrates World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) with events throughout the country as part of the Big Latch On, and encourages everyone to support breastfeeding women in all situations. “Although breastfeeding is natural it sometimes doesn’t come naturally, and it’s normal for mums to need extra assistance as they learn this new skill and understand their baby’s needs.