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Rhoena Davis
Nurse Practitioner
Maori Health Representative
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Whangaroa

I am a Nurse Practitioner working in the northern rural area of Whangaroa in Whanau Ora. I have been a Nurse Practitioner for 8 years, working in rural areas for approximately 25 years.

I have completed a Masters in Clinical Advanced Nursing with First Class Honours through Auckland University and my Expert PDRP for Primary Health Care. I have completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Maori Business Studies through Auckland University, Post Graduate Certificate in Well Child Health through Whitireia Polytechnic, Graduate Certificate in Specialty Nursing Practice (Child and Family Health) and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Public Health).

Catherine Beazley
Nurse Practitioner
Primary Health Representative
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Hokianga

I began working as a Nurse Practitioner in 2013 and currently work in primary health care for Hokianga Health (a Maori Provider) in the remote north-west of the North Island.
Having started work in rural practice in 2000, I have gained experience in a number of positions including working as an inpatient RN on small acute ward; rural practice nursing and community nursing.
Regionally I am a member of the Primary Options Programme Northland group and Manaaki Manawa Heart Care Clinical Governance Group. I am also involved in a new rural research project, focused on the impact of introducing a haematology analyser at a rural hospital. I believe we need to work collectively to inspire future growth of this particular area of specialist nursing.

Christine Dorsey
Hospital Services Manager
Secondary Services Representative
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Hokianga

I live in the Hokianga, in rural North Island. I am currently employed at Hokianga Health as the Hospital Services Manager for our small rural hospital. My roles include overseeing the 24/7 accident and emergency, acute inpatients, and residential care services.

My background is in emergency care and midwifery across both primary and secondary care.

At an organisational level I am a member of the executive team and co-ordinate internal meetings and ongoing professional development for staff. I am also currently the chairperson for the South Hokianga St John- an endangered service in the current climate.

With regards to rural nursing my interests are in developing standardised clinical guidelines and standing orders for safe, effective use in rural New Zealand. In addition to this I am supportive of further work and resources to improve easily accessible professional development options for rural nurses.

Kristene Jericevich-Sander
Nursing Student
Student Representative
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Dargaville

I am a Bachelor of Nursing student at Northtec, Whangarei.  I live in Dargaville, located on the West coast of Northland and long term my goal is to work as a Nurse Practitioner in rural communities.  I am a mature student who has experience of living in a small rural community.   In addition to studying I am also working as a casual health care assistant.

Rachael Pretorius
Nurse Practitioner
Primary Health Reprentative
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Martinborough

My name is Rachael Pretorius and I am a Nurse Practitioner working in a rural general practice in Martinborough,  South Wairarapa where I have worked for the last 2 years.  I am also PRIME trained. I am acutely aware of the issues that impact on rural living, nursing, and practice.  Living and working in a rural area means working to the top of your scope, dealing with everything that comes through the doors,  hoping your internet will work at home (or work) and that you might be able to do some online learning sometime, and hoping the roads aren’t flooded out so patients can get to the practice over gravel roads.

I love working in a rural practice. Even though I haven’t lived in rural NZ for very long I know what we miss out on compared to our city counterparts and I think a rural nurse working party is an excellent way for rural nurses to get their voice heard and ensure that rural nurses enjoy the same support that urban nurses do.

Virginia Maskill
Lecturer
Education/ Academic Representative
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University of Otago (Christchurch)

Since graduating as a RComp.N in 1992 I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board, During this time I gained significant experience working in rural settings including a dual role as an Ambulance Officer/Registered Nurse in a busy Accident and Emergency Department and After Hours General Practitioner Service. For six of these years I was also employed part-time at the Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Outpatient Clinic as a Registered Nurse/Counsellor. These positions provided me with extensive experience of the challenges specific to rural nursing due to wide geographical regions, a dispersed population often under serviced with health resources.

In 2009 I joined the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Otago, Christchurch and the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch from 2006 -2016. I have a special research interest in the rural nursing workforce, hence my keenness to contribute to the Rural Nurses New Zealand working party. I am currently a member of the Rural Health Plan Working Group for the future development of rural health, Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago.

Rhonda Johnson: Chairperson
Nursing Consultancy
Secondary Services Representative
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Central Otago / Dunstan

I have been immersed in rural nursing since 2002 and held the role of Charge Nurse at Dunstan Hospital for a total of 11 years until 2017.  I moved into a Clinical Health Planning role at the end of 2017 assisting with rural and urban facility developments in NZ and Australia. I love the diversity and challenge that rurality brings and I am committed to supporting nurses and guiding professional practice in our unique context.  I completed my PG Dip through the Rural Institute of Health and Auckland University in 2008 and am working toward a Masters. I would like to see greater connections amongst rural nurses in NZ, particularly for those working in isolation as well as a career pathway that supports the diversity of the rural nurse role.  I am currently on the Rural Hospital Network Executive and Rural General Practice Network board.

Debi Lawry
Hospital Services Manager
Secondary Services Representative
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Dunstan

I live in Central Otago and work at Dunstan Hospital in the historic town of Clyde. As Director of Nursing I oversee nursing practice in our 24 bed inpatient ward which includes HDU and a non walk-in ED. I also manage the nursing teams in Outpatients, Chemotherapy, District Nursing from Dunstan Hospital and our Wanaka base plus the specialist nurses who work in the hospital and the community.

My background is in neonatal intensive care and in nursing leadership roles. I am a member of the Southern DHB Alliance Leadership Team, and am an executive member of the Rural Hospital Network. I have been on the organising committee of the National Rural Health conference for the past 5 years.

The misconceptions about the work of rural hospital nurses is what initially prompted me to champion rural nurses. These amazing health professionals work to the top of scope, dealing with challenges in isolation that their urban counterparts would never encounter. It is time rural nursing is recognised nationally, academically and professionally and Rural Nurses NZ provides an avenue to achieve this goal.

Emma Dillon: Secretary
Rural Nurse Specialist
Remote Representative
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Stewart Island

I am currently employed by the Southern DHB to work as a Rural Nurse Specialist on Stewart Island, and in Tokanui (Catlin’s). The main part of my job, which is Stewart Island based, is to provide health care to a base residency of approximately 400 people (plus tourists and the 12 cruise ships that dock and tender into the island over summer bringing up to 3000 extra people). This job includes PRIME a role as well as district, palliative, after-hours, and running a daily drop-in clinic. My rural nursing career started just over three years ago in Colville – a small village 30 mins north of Coromandel town. I was born and raised on the south coast of Southland, and graduated with my Bachelor of Nursing from CPIT in Christchurch in 2010. I have a PgDip endorsed in Rural Nursing from the University of Otago, and am now working towards a Clinical Masters in Nursing from the University of Auckland, with an aim of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

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