Kath Holmes will be speaking at our Pinnacle nursing conference on 28 November, please ensure you register your attendance.
Kath was trained as a registered nurse at Waiariki in Rotorua, now known as Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Following her training she worked as an orthopaedic staff nurse at the Rotorua hospital for a number of years before moving into community nursing where she claims all the real learning and fun began.
Previous to her nursing career Kath worked in the disability sector as a vocational service manager for people with intellectual disabilities for 10 years. Although she enjoyed her time in the disability sector she was inspired and encouraged to pursue her nursing career by her grandmother.
Kath has spent the majority of her nursing career in the community, working as a practice nurse, community respiratory nurse and for the past eight years has managed a nurse led clinic in Hamilton that specifically caters to the health needs of kaumātua (old persons).
As well as her current health manager role she is also working with the University of Waikato on three different research projects regarding kaumātua health and wellbeing. Her involvement in the research projects allows Kath to visit varying health providers around the country. Kath is keen on professional development and has completed numerous studies along her nursing journey, including a Diploma in Te Ara Reo, a Diploma in Strategic Leadership and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science in Advanced Nursing. Kath has recently been accepted on the Master of Nursing programme with the University of Auckland as part of her nurse practitioner pathway. She is passionate about Maori and rural health, quality, reducing inequities and supporting people to self-manage long term conditions.
With the demands of work, study, three children and four mokopuna, Kath says it is important for her to share her time which helps her to stay on top of her game when it comes to driving equity in her own home, work, and life balance.