The 2018 edition of the Whitireia Nursing & Health Journal celebrates 25 years of collaboration between Te Kura Hauora School of Health at Whitireia New Zealand (Whitireia) and the Whitireia Publishing Programme.
The Whitireia Nursing & Health Journal has enabled staff and students at Te Kura Hauora to publish the research and stories that reflect the interests, programmes and educational innovations of the industry, including particularly unique approaches to cultural models of professional education. Produced annually, the journal has featured a diverse range of articles and poems across the 25 years. This has included poetry, scholarly articles and research, and a memoir of nursing in New Zealand 1924–1931 that included a first-hand account of a nurse who was in the Nurses’ Home as it collapsed during the 1931 Napier earthquake. All of it is relevant to the Whitireia nursing community of practice. Together, the nursing and publishing programmes have learnt and grown from their collaborative publishing venture.
Some topics, such as Māori and Pasifika perspectives of health, continue to be raised and discussed frequently across the 25 years. Other topics have emerged as the world at large, as well as healthcare and nursing, has changed. Looking back through the journals it is interesting to observe how Whitireia nursing and health professional education has developed in size and breadth over time. However, at the heart of all the articles is the same sense of a professional community that cares deeply about the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders and is mindful of our country's cultural diversity.
The journal has also been a remarkable opportunity for the Whitireia publishing students. It has enabled them to collaborate with a wide range of people each year, from published academics to novice writers, to produce what they believe is a thoughtful and very special journal. The students have learnt a great deal and are grateful for this opportunity.
On this note, the nursing programmes and publishing programmes at Whitireia would like to thank all of the contributors and the staff and students who have put so much work into this journal over the past 25 years.
The journal is available at Te Kura Hauora School of Health from 1 November 2018.