Celebrating our Nurses on International Nurses Day!

Every 12th May we celebrate International Nurses Day across the globe, in honour of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

The 12th May and Florence Nightingale are both significant to the nursing world – Florence is widely known to be founder of modern nursing. Every year, the International Council of Nurses sets a theme for the year’s celebrations and the theme for 2023 has never been more fitting – ‘Our Nurses. Our Future.’. The theme is driven by the challenging last few years and the impact the global pandemic has had on the wider healthcare system and the nursing community.

The theme is designed to encourage us to reflect on learnings from the pandemic, the impact this has had on healthcare workers, patients and the community, and how we can take these learnings to improve global health for everyone. It is critical that these lessons and learnings ensure nurses are protected, respected and valued.

We have a large nursing community at Ormiston Hospital who ensure our patients get the best care possible, every day. We spoke to one of our superstar nurses this International Nurses Day to get her views on this year’s theme, and what advice she would give to future nurses.


Meet Kerry Quarterman!

Kerry has been a nurse for 20 years (and when asked how long she has been nursing for, she responded with ‘where has that time gone?!’).

Kerry, what is one thing that you really enjoy about your job?

I enjoy talking and bringing my sense of humour to work – this is very much for both my patients and the team I work with.


What is one thing that you personally learnt from the pandemic, and has that changed the way you carry out your role now?

I had to learn how to communicate with my family from a distance using video calls. Having spent a few years overseas, this was not a huge adjustment for me. Most of our family members had some sort of online video calling system already set-up, so that really helped.

In relation to work, it was very much thinking about how hard it was for patients to come into the hospital without their support systems – their families at their sides. I had to adjust how I was able to include the patients’ families in the care of the patient. I also changed my practice by talking with them using online chats to discuss what will be required of them on discharge. This really reassured the family that their loved ones were OK and helped them focus on what they can do when the patient has been discharged home.


What is one piece of advice you would give to a future nurse?

Stop, pause and breathe. Ask questions. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself! It takes time for the cogs to click into place – but you will get there.



Ormiston Hospital International Nurses DaySpeaking of the future, here at Ormiston we recognise and value the contribution that our nursing teams make across all areas of the hospital. We have made a commitment to investing in our nursing workforce by increasing the numbers of new graduate nurses we offer positions to. This is a small way we can contribute to ensuring the global nursing workforce is sustained.

We took a short breather today to recognise our amazing nursing team at Ormiston Hospital with cupcakes and a cuppa.

Happy International Nurses Day!


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Cleaning Industry Award Success for ISS Ormiston team

We are proud to be recognised as an industry leader in Cleaning Excellence with ISS in March this year.

Extremely high cleaning standards combined with a patient-focused service culture have delivered facility service provider ISS the Healthcare-Public or Private Hospital Prize at this year’s BSCNZ CleanSweep™ Awards in New Zealand.

ISS’ Ormiston Hospital team received a perfect score across a range of categories including Quality Assurance, Health & Safety and Training & Development, but it was the company’s commitment to high levels of service, in what judges described as a demanding site, that shone through.

“Achieving the CleanSweep Award for Healthcare is absolutely thrilling for Ormiston Hospital,” said Ormiston Hospital Chief Executive Officer Deb Boyd.

“It’s a real testament to the wonderful relationship and trust that has been developed over time between the hospital team and the ISS onsite team. We really do regard them as part of our wider Ormiston family and the results speak for themselves,” added Deb.

Independent CleanSweep Judging panellist Wendy Stephens said ISS’s level of service at Ormiston was “all about the human touch. It’s hands on and the staff care – ISS’ Ormiston site team truly care for the people at Ormiston,” said Stephens.

ISS Commercial and Operations Performance Director Neil Moselen said the result was a tribute to the entire Ormiston team.

“You can only achieve a perfect score if everyone is 100 percent committed to delivering the best possible outcome for the client, for the staff they work with, and for the patients they serve,” said Moselen.

ISS Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Turner said the judge’s tributes to ISS staff were entirely deserved.

“They’re exceptional people with an exceptional leader, and their approach to the work reflects that.” Turner added.

We’re very proud of them.


Meet our Quality Manager Kartika Bhaskaran

Hello everyone! I am Kartika Bhaskaran and I have hit the ground running as the new Quality Manager here at Ormiston Hospital. Quality is hugely important to the hospital, so my role is pivotal in ensuring all standards are met. I am a very thorough person so I can appreciate how crucial every detail is to our patient’s care.

I am enjoying getting to know the people here at Ormiston as well as my new role. My previous role was in Auckland Hospital where I was a RN at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Intensive Care Unit. My time at Auckland Hospital has provided me with the skills I am able to apply at Ormiston Hospital, where my attention to detail and thoroughness were instrumental in my day-to-day work. I am currently studying part-time postgraduate studies in Master in Health Leadership, specialising in Clinical Quality and Safety at the University of Auckland – the learnings from which I apply to my role.

It is a pleasure to work for Ormiston Hospital. I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome that I have received and I look forward to meeting some of our patients in time. Like Ormiston, I believe in a culture that fosters no blame and encourages proactive safety behaviours.  If you have any feedback or concerns on Quality matters, you can alternatively contact me by email, which is: Kartika.Bhaskaran@ormistonhospital.co.nz.

Celebrating our Nurses – Chene Fenske, RN and Nurse Educator

Introducing Chene Fenske, our amazing Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator here at Ormiston Hospital. Chene’s current position with us requires her to oversee all of our clinical team’s education. This is a big job, and requires her to be across a lot of projects, read more about Chene’s insight into what it’s like to be a nurse and her career so far. 

What I love most about nursing is that every day brings new opportunities to learn. I don’t know if you know this about nursing, but we have great work stories because we meet really great patients.
Sometimes those patients learn from us, but more often we learn from them. We frequently learn from them in a clinical capacity in the sense that we broaden our clinical knowledge and clinical skill sets. In turn patients learn from us when we nurse them and provide them with discharge education or information about their medications. However, it is the non-clinical lessons in nursing that I love the most.

When I think about the highlights of my career they are always the stories patients shared with me. These are the times I sat at a patient’s bedside and listened to stories about their families and their life experiences. What I didn’t realise at the time was that I was learning valuable lessons too. I can think of numerous times where a patient has lifted my spirits and cared for me by making me laugh or sharing a story with me. So what I love most about nursing is that every day we learn something new about ourselves and our patients.

Meet the team: Mari, Theatre Nurse

Meet Mari, one of our Theatre Nurses who works hard in our operating theatres to ensure our patients receive the very best care. Mari is very experienced in what she does and is known for her attention to detail as a nurse. Here are her answers on what it’s like for her to work at Ormiston Hospital.

1. How long have you been a nurse? And how long have you been working at Ormiston?

I have been a nurse for nine years now, and it’s been two years since I joined Ormiston.

2.  What led you or inspired you into becoming a nurse?

I initially wanted to become a doctor, but since it’s going to be a long journey, my family suggested that I pursue becoming a nurse instead. I took their advice ended up liking it.

 3.   What is a patient success story that stands out for you?

I scrubbed for a difficult Laparoscopic surgery, and it involved more time and effort than we anticipated. We took our time to ensure the patients health was prioritised and it was heart-warming to know that the patient recovered well post operatively.

4. What do you enjoy about working for Ormiston Hospital?

Aside from the regular-office-like schedule, I really like how diverse Ormiston is in terms of people, culture and skills where each of us in the team is given opportunities to demonstrate, develop and share.

5. Where would you like to take your nursing career? Is there further study or career ambitions that you might have?

I would like to take up a Post Grad in Perioperative Specialty Nursing some years from now. More so, I would like to possibly try exploring nursing leadership in the future which I had few experience back in the Philippines as well.

6. What is the most interesting about your job?

I like that even with routine surgeries there is always something that can come up unexpectedly, ensuring that we are always doing the very best job at all times. Those unforeseen situations enable me to hone my skills as a theatre nurse, and I have been exposed to a lot of different cases while at Ormiston.

6. What would you ask Santa for Christmas?

For this Christmas, I’d like a halt to this pandemic, hoping for everything to go back to normal, and be able to see my family soon.


Meet the team: Jessica, Registered Nurse

Meet Jessica, Ormiston Hospital’s Pre-Operative Team Leader, who started at Ormiston Hospital working on the Ward, and then moved to Pre-Op where she has recently been promoted to Team Leader.  Jessica has provided an insight into what it’s like to work in a leading facility and alongside her team of highly regarded clinical professionals. For more information on joining the team at Ormiston, please visit our careers page.

1. How long have you been a nurse? And how long have you been working at Ormiston?

I have been a nurse for 4 years and have been working at Ormiston Hospital for 2 years

2. What led you or inspired you into becoming a nurse?

I didn’t have a specific moment where I knew what I really wanted to be however, I really enjoyed human biology and originally wanted to work with children so started thinking about nursing as a career. I think what drew me is the idea that nursing could take you anywhere around the world and that there were endless opportunities within your career.

3. What is a patient success story that stands out for you?

When I first started working on the ward at Ormiston Hospital, I looked after a mastectomy patient. Caring for her post-operatively, I was able to help her through an emotional time and assist her in her recovery.

4. What do you enjoy about working for Ormiston Hospital?

I really enjoy working with such a diverse group of people. From the surgeon’s to our nurses and our support staff and everyone in between. This includes a special mention to my team of both Pre-Admission and Pre-Operative Nurses, I feel very privileged to work alongside such amazing people.

5. Where would you like to take your nursing career? Is there further study or career ambitions that you might have?

I am very fortunate this year to have been given the opportunity to be the Pre-Operative Team Leader for Ormiston. I am really enjoying the management side of nursing and would like to continue my training further in leadership and management.

6. What is the most interesting about your job?

The most interesting part of my job would be working closely with each department ensuring I contribute to the high level of service Ormiston provides to the whole patient process.

7. What would you ask Santa for Christmas?

This year I would ask Santa for a vaccine, so we can get back to some sort of normality, but more importantly so the boarders could open, and we can visit family overseas.