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2015 Young Nurse of the Year

16 September 2015

The 2015 NZNO Young Nurse of Year, Rural Nurse Specialist, Gemma Hutton was honoured last night at an awards dinner in Wellington.

Franz Josef-based Gemma says, "I'm so surprised and humbled to receive this award. I feel quite overwhelmed that my colleagues even thought to nominate me. Being acknowledged for doing something I love feels awesome."

The award is for a nurse under 30 who goes the extra mile and demonstrates exceptional commitment to patients and their profession. This prestigious award acknowledges the hard work and commitment of Gemma Hutton, but behind the award is NZNO's desire to publically support all young nurses and help keep them in the profession and in New Zealand.

NZNO spokesperson, Dr Jill Clendon says, "Gemma is a nurse with the X factor. She see the needs in the community, and gets to work straight away putting goals in place and achieving positive health outcomes."

"Gemma has implemented a new mum's group, an exercise and healthy lifestyle group. She supports the St John ambulance team in Franz Josef, and all that is after work!"

"I echo Gemma's nominator when I say I believe Gemma to be an excellent role model for young nurses entering the profession. Nursing is in good hands." Clendon says.

NZNO would like to thank the Centre for Post Graduate Nursing Studies at Otago University Christchurch for their support of the awards.

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