She was first employed by Kaiti Medical Centre in 1990 and worked there for 15 years before moving on to work in primary healthcare in schools.After five years as a school health nurse in Gisborne’s high schools she re-joined Kaiti Medical Centre in 2007.
She is the first to admit that her time as a school nurse left her more puzzled than ever about how to get through to young people that they are not bulletproof, but says it is important to keep trying. “There is that idea that bad things only happen to other people – young people often feel 10 feet tall and bulletproof, and there are plenty of ways for them to take a wrong turn with alcohol and drugs. Change in this area has to be gradual and permanent rather than a quick fix. It requires commitment from families to providing the right examples and making the right choices.”
When she’s not nursing Raewyn enjoys walking and also loves reading and spending time with family and friends.