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NZs first Pacific NP to speak at conference

Catherine Soana Latailakepa Tu’akalau is of both Samoan and Tongan descent, has achieved what no other Pacific nurse in Wellington has done and progressed from a registered nurse position to a qualified nurse practitioner. Mātanga tapuhi nurse practitioners combine advanced nursing

knowledge and skills with diagnostic reasoning to manage patient centred care—their advanced education and training sees them taking a key role as a lead healthcare provider in partnership with health consumers and their whānau.

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