Author(s): Joyce Powell
Karitane nurses have a proud history of service to families and the community, both in New Zealand and overseas. Many worked in the nurseries of public and private hospitals and in neo-natal units with premature babies. During WWII and its aftermath, some carried on the tradition of helping others in a different type of work overseas with the armed forces. Today they work in Family Centres and form part of a team with Plunket nurses working in the community. In spite of their contribution to the health and welfare of families little has been written about their day-to-day work and the challenges they faced while casing in homes here and overseas. Joyce Powell, author of Plunket Pioneers (the story of Plunket nurses), now tells the history of Karitane nurses, a career that was seen by parents in the early twentieth century as being "A suitable job for young ladies".