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Meet some international nurse and midwife legends. Throughout the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife we will be showing-casing nurses and midwifes from across the world who have made outstanding contributions to their professions.

Our careers pages lists current opportunities and we are looking to recruit positive and enthusiastic nurses and midwives who have a genuine interest in patient well-being, in a variety of clinical specialities.


Mary Seacole 1805 - 1881

  • Mary was a Jamaican born nurse who helped soldiers during the Crimean War.
  • She was a contemporary of Florence Nightingale.
  • There is a school of thought that believes she influenced the use of proper hygiene as key to improving health outcomes before Florence Nightingale.
  • See Mary Seacole's biography.


As we reflect on the mahi of nurses and midwives, we take inspiration from this whakataukī:

“Titiro whakamuri kōkiri whakamua – Look back and reflect so you can move forward.”

In so doing we honour our ancestors and learn from past mistakes.