A New Zealand Registered Nurse, I spent the first 10 years of my practice in a range of critical care roles in New Zealand and Australia. I particularly enjoyed my roles working in interventional cardiology in Melbourne where for a time I was a Clinical Nurse Specialist. When I returned to New Zealand I completed a Master of Nursing degree which explored the Clinical Nurse Specialist role. I was particularly interested in this role because I had experienced nursing’s potential as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, but when I moved back home, I couldn’t understand why the Clinical Nurse Specialist role was hard to define or pathway into. I then worked for 10 years in nursing education in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes and leadership positions as Assistant, then Head of School Nursing for the Eastern Institute of Technology.
In 2018 I moved with my family to take a position at the Nursing Council of New Zealand where I work in Strategic Programmes as a Nursing Policy Advisor. I am currently in the final stages of a Doctor of Education degree at Massey University exploring the preparedness for and experiences in working with Māori nursing students among New Zealand tertiary institutes, schools and nurse educators.