Valma Bycroft RN
Valma Bycroft has been working as a FCN for about 8 years in a Presbyterian Church.Valma works with her Church sometimes reaching into the community with the blessing and support of the Church leadership team. Her work is voluntary but the Church has paid for her annual practicing certificate and membership of the College of Nurses, Aotearoa. She speaks at different meetings on topical health issues, provides health education information for the Church bulletin and the Church notice board when appropriate.Valma interacts with individuals, families, women's fellowship group and community groups. These include Victim Support, IHC and Positive Ageing. She is a member of Rotary and of Probus and is often called upon for first aid at meetings. Valma feels that it is important for nurses working in the community to keep first aid certificates up to date.She is included in the local Primary Health Team and is given very good support from nurses, GPs and also the local community hospital. Valma attends the rural health education sessions at her local hospital by video conference. The District Health Board keep her informed of seminars or courses and she attends those appropriate for her role.2014 has seen an increase in her workload (about 8-10 hours a week) and at times has been very challenging but rewarding. Valma has been very conscious of the Lord helping, guiding and strengthening her for this ministry.