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Lara Schmidt

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April 30, 2021

For me, I have always felt as though nursing was a calling and it is the most rewarding career. I wanted to do something with my work that is challenging, interesting, and makes a positive difference in the lives of other people every day.

My mum is an Registered Nurse and I have seen her working in many areas of nursing – always delivering exceptional care to all of her patients and their whānau.

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a nurse, and I wanted to be a nurse like my mum. To advocate for my patients and provide holistic and compassionate care for other humans during their most vulnerable moments.

I registered as a nurse in 2017, and began a career in Neonatal Nursing, where I have been privileged to find my passion.

I am continuously blown away by the strength and resilience I see in premature and unwell babies. It is amazing to hear a new baby cry for the first time, and am in awe by the blessing that their life brings to everyone around them. Their life always matters.

It is a privilege working in Neonates to assist and support babies and their families during the early moments of their lives. It provides a wonderful insight into myself and others. Nursing provides an up-close view of one of the sacred mysteries of God.

As Saint Vincent de Paul said to the Daughters of Charity, “When you leave your prayers for the bedside of a patient, you are leaving God for God. Looking after the sick is prayer.”

Each year we celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week. This is an annual event, set aside by the New Zealand Bishops, aiming to celebrate all forms of vocation in the Church. In 2021, this week is being marked from 25 April – 1 May. 

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