Bazley becomes new NERF patron.
Subject: Health services administrators (Practice)
Health services administrators (Appointments, resignations and dismissals)
Pub Date: 08/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics
Product: Product Code: 8048000 Medical Administrators NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Named Person: Bazely, Margaret; Bazely, Margaret
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 236247981
Full Text: Past NZNA president and distinguished public servant Dame Margaret Bazely is the new patron of NZNO's Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF). She succeeds another former NZNA president Jocelyn Keith, who has been patron of NERF for the Last eight years.

Lady Keith also served in the 1980s as NERF chair and trustee. During a handover ceremony Last month, Keith said it gave her real pleasure to hand the reins to Bazley. "Dame Margaret is one of our most distinguished nurses and brings the profession great credit," she said. "In addition to carrying out many important responsibilities, she also finds time to be the patron of our sister organisation, the Nurses' Memorial Fund, which provides discreet assistance to senior nurses suffering hardship."

Looking back on her association with NZNO, Lady Keith said it gave her particular pleasure to have helped mark NZNO's centennial year. She funded the Flora Cameron Award for Excellence, which was awarded in each NZNO region over four years and culminated in a national award Last year.

Keith said she was glad to see NERF on a much more stable financial base, thanks to recent generous donations. The most significant has been the bequest from the estate of former matron-in-chief of the Waikato Hospital Board, Ailsa McCutchan, who died two years ago. The eventual sale of her beach front property in Hawke's Bay is expected to increase NERF's funds by up to $1.8 million.

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NERF secretary and NZNO nurse researcher Jill Clendon said the money would be used for scholarships or grants that would benefit nursing as a whole. "Ailsa was utterly dedicated to nursing and the development of nurses throughout her career, and her bequest is really her way of saying 'thank you" She has specified the bequest be used 'to advance professional nursing, so that nursing in general will benefit, rather than promoting the interests of the awardee'."

McCutchan retired from the Waikato Hospital Board in the 1970s. Her successor in the rote was Bazley, who remembers her saying, even then, she intended Leaving her estate to nursing.

Bazley said she was proud to become NERF's patron. "I was involved in fundraising for the foundation as a student nurse 54 years ago," she said. "When I was NERF chair from 1972-1974, we gave $10,000 to both Massey and Victoria Universities to help them start their nursing programmes."

Present NERF chair and NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff said NERF Looked forward to Bazley's wisdom and advice over the coming years.
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