Lynne Shields - Practice nurse
Lynne graduated as a nurse from Wakato Hospital in 1983. After a year as a charge nurse in the Bay of Islands and a year travelling the world she headed home to Gisborne. With Kaiti Medical Centre since 1990, and Lynne and husband Malcolm have raised three children and enjoy the work-life balance in Gisborne. “Malcolm loves surfing, and I also love the wonderful outdoors lifestyle here, the beach, tramping, and work is only 10 minutes drive.”
While enjoying the Gisborne lifestyle in her leisure time, Lynne works to improve the lifestyle of others in her role as a diabetes educator. “We try and get people to do all those things that help them enjoy longer healthier happier lives: physical activity, healthy eating, no smoking, regular check-ups. We provide free clinics for people with diabetes, and also provide help to quit smoking."
“It’s fantastic when you see people making those life-long commitments to improve their health, and the earlier they make them the better. We can give them all the info they need. Most people know these days, they get hammered with the message, but the message is not enough on its own. It’s about giving people tools. Some aren’t interested but that is their choice. People see their family members suffering preventable health problems, and often dying too soon, so they know what’s ahead if they don’t change how they live."
Lynne says family and financial issues can add to the problems so Three Rivers Medical staff try to make things as easy as possible for its patients.