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Celebrating two members of our health team at Invercargill Prison – Margaret and Cassie

11 December 2021
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We’d like to celebrate two members of our health team at Invercargill Prison – Margaret and Cassie.

Margaret is only the third nursing graduate to take part in the Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) programme at Invercargill Prison. Not long after her arrival, Margaret was joined by Cassie, her former educator and the person who recommended her for the NETP programme, as the new Invercargill Prison Health Centre Manager.

Of Ngāpuhi descent, Margaret says she was drawn to Corrections by a passion for Māori health. She had previously completed a placement in the prison during her final year of study. “I hadn’t experienced Corrections nursing prior to this, and I was unsure what to expect,” says Margaret. “For me this mahi is about what is going to make my community the best place to live and grow children. People in prison will one day return to society, I want to be involved in helping them realise their full potential.”

Former Southern Institute of Technology Nursing educator Cassie says she came to Corrections looking for a change. “I felt I was starting to disconnect from ‘the real world of nursing’,” says Cassie. “So, following a role assisting with the training of COVID-19 vaccinators, I decided that I needed to get back to clinical nursing. When I saw my job advertised, I thought it ticked all the boxes I was looking for: management and clinical nursing, meeting both people’s physical and mental health needs.”

“I knew Margaret had a passion for working with Māori and that wherever she ended up she would be an asset,” says Cassie. Margaret has taken on a leadership role in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations at the prison, on top of her daily responsibilities. Both Margaret and Cassie are enjoying their new roles and proving to be great additions to the Invercargill Prison health team.”

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