Presentation draws standing ovation.
Article Type: Letter to the editor
Author: Elliott, Lesley
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
Accession Number: 236247966
Full Text: I would like to extend grateful thanks to NZN0's national Enrolled Nurse Section for inviting me to speak at its recent annual conference on partner abuse. I felt privileged to be among friends who I have not had contact with for some years but who have expressed their support to our family over the Loss of our daughter.

Although only present for an afternoon, I found a section literally buzzing after the announcements from Nursing Council and the Minister of Health about the continuation and expansion of EN education. In light of this and maybe with thoughts elsewhere, the response I received from the delegates was very moving. You could hear a pin drop and then to get a standing ovation was an incredible affirmation of the message I am giving on behalf of my daughter Sophie and other abused women who have Lost their lives senselessly. We all need to be aware of the signs of unhealthy, unsafe relationship and support any of our family or friends who may be in one. Abuse is never ok.

I thank you most sincerely, I feel humbled by your actions.

Lesley Elliott, RON Dunedin

Co-editors' note: Lesley Elliot is a former vice president of NZNO and the mother of Sophie Elliot, murdered by her ex-boyfriend Clayton Weatherston in January 2008.
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