Enhancing professional development in primary care for International Nurses Day

A Supervision Workshop helped Casey Bradley, refine her nursing practice and equipped her to lead and mentor new nurses entering the field.

In celebration of International Nurses Day, Casey Bradley, Nurse, Templeton Medical Centre, participated in a Supervision Workshop sponsored by the Pegasus Nursing team. This opportunity not only enhanced her nursing practice but also positively influenced teamwork within her center. She was one of two primary care nurses selected for this professional development initiative. 

Casey’s journey into nursing was driven by her desire to make a difference. Completing a pre-health course and earning a Bachelor of Nursing from Ara Institute of Canterbury, she found her passion in primary health care during a community placement at Templeton Medical. Now, with seven years at Templeton, her commitment to fostering caring community relationships continues to grow.  

“Until I applied for the sponsorship to attend this course, I had never heard of Nursing Supervision,” Casey said. “In my view, it’s something all nurses should learn about during their training. Reflective practice not only promotes wellbeing but can also prevent burnout.”  

Since attending the workshop, Casey has applied her new skills daily, significantly enhancing her communication strategies.  

“The most beneficial aspect so far has been improving my communication kete,” she said. “I encourage reflective practice by focusing on the positives and building on them, rather than dwelling on the negatives. I’ve also become a more curious listener, utilising the power of conversational pauses with both colleagues and patients.” 

With these newfound skills, Casey is now prepared to mentor new graduate nurses transitioning into primary healthcare, aiming to pass on the valuable lessons she has learned. 

What does International Day mean to you?  

“To me it is about standing proud as a nurse and applauding the exceptional work we do to make a difference to those around us. It is a day to celebrate our colleagues and the contributions nurses make worldwide, 24/7. Recognising the impact we have on patients and their whānau and continuing to advocate for equality. Acknowledging how rewarding the career is and encouraging others to pursue the profession, to prevent a Nursing shortage crisis that feels so imminent.”