The Year of the Nurses and Midwives – Maria Timote

The Year of the Nurses and Midwives – Maria Timote

1. What is your role as a Pacific Nurse / Midwife?

I am a Mana Kidz nurse who works in the community. Mana kidz is a nurse led school based programme providing comprehensive healthcare including rheumatic fever prevention services, skin infection treatment and management and health assessments. 

2. Why did you choose Nursing / Midwifery?

The reason why I chose the pathway of becoming a nurse is because right from a young age I knew my passion was in the health industry, learning about how our body worked and loved to be of service to others. Health promotion for me and educating our people especially our Maori and Pasifika communities has been a priority. Being in the schools right now has been an amazing experience so far because I get to connect with children and also their parents and share about how our health is essential and how we cannot take it for granted. 

3. What difference do you want to make in the career pathway that you are in?

Every individual I meet gives me an opportunity to impact their lives in a positive way. I always try and share hope, uplift and also pour out light onto the topic that our bodies + health are sacred and we should take care of it holistically considering all aspects such as physical, mental, social and spiritual. That’s what makes a person whole we cannot neglect one. What we think is what we become and how we look after ourselves especially our health as a whole really plays an impact on our character and how we carry ourselves in society. My goal with every encounter is to teach this generation that we are all unique, have a lot of skills/knowledge and have so much potential to do great things in all areas of our life. 

4. What is one tip for someone who wants to pursue a career in Midwifery or Nursing?

My Tip is – Find that passion which drives you to wakeup and be excited about making a difference. Nursing is a career that puts you in a position where you can empathize, encourage and meet the need of another person especially when they are in a vulnerable state. You can change someone’s life through your words, actions and how you treat others in this industry. A great nurse not only treats individuals of their health problems but also values others and shares a loving/uplifting character to all they come into contact with.

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