Meet Hine Loughlin, Nurse Practitioner
Introducing, Hine Loughlin, Ngati Tuwharetoa, our nurse practitioner who’s returned to Taupō after a lengthy time away learning, teaching, nursing and sharing her many skills in the Bay of Plenty and beyond.
As a clinical leader, Hine’s enthusiasm for her profession, mature understanding and inherent compassion brings an exciting energy to this new position at the Taupō Medical Centre. Just six weeks into the job here and her colleagues and clients clearly appreciate the advantage of having a nurse practitioner on board.
A nurse practitioner is an advanced clinician, with at least four years post graduate practical experience, who’s completed additional nursing education, clinical training and demonstrated competence and legal authority to practice beyond the level of a registered nurse. A nurse practitioner can diagnose, prescribe medicines and generally works independently within a collegial practice. There are approximately 250 nurse practitioners in New Zealand
“The Ministry of Health recognises that nurse practitioners are an important factor in the future of medicine; we fill a gap and as the Ministry says, we’re a key component of the health and disability workforce of the future.”
While working as a registered nurse, Hine trained five years to qualify as a nurse practitioner in 2016. Delivering her portfolio and being assessed on the marae, with fellow nurse practitioner Pare O’Brien (daughter of Puti O’Brien-well known in the Bay of Plenty for visiting patients on horseback) was a milestone event for the nursing council.
“Being Maori is an advantage,” says Hine, “But I help promote primary health care across cultures and life spans; that’s babies to the elderly and everyone in between as well as those with chronic conditions.
“Understandably, some people don’t like their diagnosis and because of this they might avoid treatment. I have time to engage with them, follow up, and learn about their lives, which in a clinical setting we only ever see a tiny wedge.
“With slow encouragement we can ultimately create positive outcomes that help people take an active interest in their own health. That’s satisfying,” she says.
Posted: Thu 25 May 2017