Kate McCallum RN, MHSc.(Hons)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Auckland Regional Pain Service, Auckland, NZ
Catching the wave, it’s all about timing. In 1991 Kate applied for and was offered a senior nursing position at TARPS. Dr. Bob Large asked her for a two year commitment and over the years since, Kate has been ‘surfing the pain wave’. In her clinical work Kate is actively involved in many aspects of pain management; working with patients on an individual basis and also in a group setting, getting involved with continuing education for nurses and community groups, and continuing to develop her interest in hypnosis. Kate has also faced many challenges and changes over the years and at these times she reminds herself that she has the skills and the heart to hang on and not get dumped by the wave.