International Nurses Day 2023: Akerita Alatimu
Updates / Community, 12 May 23
Akerita Alatimu is a Nurse at Etu Pasifika Canterbury and is driven by the purpose to serve Pacific communities. Through her role, she is grateful for the opportunity to advocate for her patients and providing the best care possible.

What islands & villages do you come from? 

I am a first-generation New Zealand born Samoan 

My father is from from Taga, Sale’ia, Sato’alepai, Samauga and my mother is from Safotu, Manase, Sasina and Sala’ilua 

What drove you to pursue a career in nursing? 

I always knew my purpose was to be in service for Pacific people and I tried to follow a couple of different paths to fulfil that calling but they were not to be. Nursing has always been a frontrunner for me in terms of life aspirations, so putting that “purpose” into this service I knew it was meant to be. 

The best thing about being a nurse is.. 

There are so many great things about being a nurse! But among the best is the ability to advocate for your patients to the team both inside primary care and outside of it to ensure patient centred care. 

When you’re not at work, what do you do to practise self care? 

I love going to the gym, reading non-fiction, and re-watching old sit coms. Outside of those things I spend a lot of time with my family. 

What’s your piece of advice for anyone who is wanting to become a nurse? 

Never forget your “why”. Nursing gives us so many opportunities, but it can also take a toll too. So, on the days where you think this profession might be taking too much, remember why you chose to study this. Be steadfast in your resolve. You got this!! 

‘Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and to work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet…’ – Donna Wilk Cardillo