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Ngā Reanga o ngā Tapuhi: Generations of Māori nurses

Léonie Walker, Jill Clendon, Leanne Manson, Kerri Nuku


The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of Māori nurses and student nurses in Aotearoa New Zealand who combine culturally specific customary obligations in all areas of whānau (family), hapū (kinship group) and iwi (wider kinship group) life (in particular, caregiving responsibilities) with working or studying. The study was underpinned by a collaborative Kaupapa Māori (Māori principles and values) approach. Paired or triad interviews were undertaken with 13 Māori nurses and two Māori student nurses (all women), aged between 22 and 57, and from all parts of Aotearoa New Zealand, between October and December 2015. Their stories give a picture of considerable community service and duty outside work. The impacts on emotional and physical health which caregiving responsibilities have on Māori nurses are under-reported to their management. Facilitating Māori voices and realities to be heard will raise awareness of the issues and help identify potential strategies, policies and employment practices that will validate and support Māori nurses in their workplaces and in the wider community.

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