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New Zealand Public Service accolade for Margaret Dotchin

Congratulations to Margaret Dotchin, our Chief Nursing Officer, who has been awarded Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui | The New Zealand Public Service Medal for 2020.

Part of the New Zealand Royal Honours, the medal recognises public service employees who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their work, the highest standard of integrity, and a spirit of service to New Zealanders.

A woman on stage accepting an award.

Auckland DHB Chief Executive Ailsa Claire has praised Margaret’s dedication to nursing and her desire to make a difference.

“Margaret is an outstanding nurse and health leader. She is passionate about nursing and delivering vital services to patients, which she has been doing for 30 years as a senior leader in her field,” she said.

“Margaret has led innovative nursing approaches that improve the patient experience and is an outstanding role model for nurses. She led the development of Auckland DHB’s nursing strategy, a blueprint for nurses that underpins their professional development. 

“She has been fundamental in creating nursing scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students to ensure they are better represented in the workforce.

“Margaret facilitates the development of the nursing pipeline to ensure it is robust and equipped for New Zealand’s future. This includes continuous involvement in undergraduate education; ensuring nursing students receive the best possible clinical learning and exposure.”

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