She regularly visits patients at home so they don’t always have to be the ones who travel. People can feel more comfortable in their home environment and more in control. It’s a better place to sit down and unpick fears, emotions and issues, but also a better place to meet families. The whole whanau go on the cancer journey and if they can all sit down and get a grasp of what they each have responsibility for, it rolls easier for them.”
Andrea doesn’t seek the limelight or accolades – she simply works hard for her patients and tries to be the best nurse she can be.
“I do take leave!” she insists. “But there’s a nursing shortage and the DHB only have so many people. So if there are things that are going to make an impact or a difference to someone, then yeah, I will come in and undertake that care and then go back off on my holiday. It’s just part of my duty of care.”