Q & A Profiles


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    Kiwi nurse leader home from Geneva

    7 September 2016

    Advocating for hospital nurses to be safe from falling bombs is one of New Zealander Dr Frances Hughes's recent duties as Geneva-based leader of the International Council of Nurses.

February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)

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    Q & A: Sally Dobbs

    Dr Sally Dobbs is the new chair of NETS (Nursing Education in the Tertiary Sector). Find out about her career spanning a position as deputy matron of an army field hospital in Bosnia and nursing on a hospital ship in the Amazon.

October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)

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    Q & A: Vicky Noble

    Vicky Noble’s latest role is advising on health delivery to prisoners across the country. But along the way the nursing leader has nursed in New York to Beijing and worked as a glass artist.

August 2016 Vol. 16 (4)

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    Q & A with Kerri Nuku

    NZNO's Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku was inspired into nursing as a child by the photo of her mother in her starched white uniform, cap and red cape. Find out about her career that has taken her into midwifery, auditing and appearing before the United Nations.

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    Starched cuffs to university caps: one nursing leader's journey

    After nearly 50 years in nursing and 35 years in nursing education JUDY KILPATRICK is set to retire at the end of the year. The self-declared “happy chappie” talks to FIONA CASSIE about a lucky career spanning starched cuffs, life-threatening illness and major milestones for the nursing profession.

June 2016 Vol. 16 (3)

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    Q & A with Professor Annette Huntington

    Professor Annette Huntington has chaired the Nursing Council and is currently deputy chair of the Australasian university nursing schools' body and head of Massey University's School of Nursing. Find out more about the former Plunket nurse's career and her favourite tipple when eating fish and chips with family and friends.

April 2016 Vol 16 (2)

  • Carey Campbell

    Q & A with Carey Campbell

    Carey Campbell is director of nursing for Southern Cross Hospital's 800 nurses and chair of the private surgical hospitals directors of nursing group. Find out about her career to date, her wishes for the nursing workforce and why she wonders whether her love of fishing is compatible with one of her favourite movies...

February 2016 Vol 16 (1)

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    Q&A with Dr Frances Hughes

    Find out more about kiwi nurse Dr Frances Hughes who is the southern hemisphere's first CEO of the International Council of Nurses. She took her up her Geneva-based post in February and on her 'bucket list' is learning another language...

October 2015 Vol 15 (5)

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    Q&A with Grant Brookes

    Grant Brookes is the newly elected president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. Find out what motivated him to combine the 'gentle art of nursing with the rougher one of political activity'  Also what magazine he is most likely to browse in the supermarket checkout...

August 2015 Vol 15 (4)

  • Michael McIlhone

    Q&A with Michael McIlhone

    Michael McIlhone is the director of nursing for one of the country's largest PHO's. Find out more about this nurse leader who was a teenage 'zambuck' at a Lions vs All Black test and who believes a sense of humour and a strong sense of social values are pretty essential to be a nurse.

June 2015 Vol 15 (3)

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    Q&A with Stephen Neville

    Find out about Stephen Neville's journey from psychopaedic nurse to head of one of the country's largest nursing schools. And what alternative career he briefly considered before committing to nursing...

April 2015 Vol 15 (2)

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    Q&A with Dr Jocelyn Peach

    Find out more about one of this country's most experienced directors of nursing: her drivers and her fundamental nursing philosophy.

February 2015 Vol 15 (1)

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    Q&A with Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens

    Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens is the first nursing director for the country's largest PHO, ProCare. Check out who inspired her to go nursing, her wish list for nursing and why she'd like to head to Vietnam some day.

December 2014 Vol 14 (6)

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    Q&A with Lieutenant Colonel Lee Turner

    Lee Turner has nursed in Kosovo to Northern Ireland. Find out more about the head of New Zealand's defence force nursing services and what he listens to when doing a bit of DIY painting.

October 2014 Vol 14 (5)

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    Q&A with Anne Brebner

    New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses President Anne Brebner describes her career progression, what she loves most about being a nurse leader, and how she would improve the New Zealand health system.

August 2014 Vol 14 (4)

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    Q&A with Margareth Broodkoorn

    Find out what is top of MARGARETH BROODKOORN’s bucket list. And what three wishes Broodkoorn – the lead director of nursing on Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō (the national Māori nursing and midwifery workforce development programme) – would ask nursing’s fairy godmother to grant.

June 2014 Vol 14 (3)

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    Q&A with rural NP leader Sharon Hansen

    Find out what gets rural nurse practitioner Sharon Hansen out of bed at 5.30am. And what three wishes Hansen, who is also deputy chair of the Rural General Practice Network, would like granted for nursing.

May 2014 Vol 14 (2)

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    Q&A with Robyn Hewlett

    Robyn Hewlett is retiring this year after her second stint as chair of the Enrolled Nurse Section of NZNO. Find out what book is gathering dust beside her bedside and what three wishes she would ask to be granted for the nursing workforce.

March 2014 Vol 14 (1)

January 2014 Vol 13 (8)

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    Q&A Hemaima Hughes

    The passionate girl guide from the backblocks of Opotiki decided at 11 she wanted to be a nurse but found herself a court clerk on leaving school. Find out more about the President of the National Council of Māori Nurses' career that has spanned visiting patients in a dugout canoe in the Solomon Islands to writing nursing curriculum for a Māori nursing degree.

November 2013 Vol 13 (7)

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    Q&A with Dr Kathy Holloway

    Find out what three wishes Kathy Holloway would ask the fairy godmother of nursing to grant and why she would like more hours in the day.

September 2013 Vol 13 (6)

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    Q&A Dr Daryle Deering

    Daryle Deering's career was sealed with an afternoon tea at Sunnyside Hospital with the doyenne of mental health nursing Dame Margaret Bazley. Find out more about the College of Mental Health Nurses president.

July 2013 Vol 13 (5)

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    Q&A with Dr Deborah Rowe

    Find out what Nursing Council chair, neonatal ICU nurse, nursing school lecturer and nurse consultant Dr Deborah Rowe squeezes into her spare time. And what she dreams of doing in Ireland someday.

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    Memo Musa: Morale, leadership, and football boots

    FIONA CASSIE talks to new NZNO chief executive MEMO MUSA 20 days into the job about his new role, new constitutions, and nursing leadership … plus a little bit about football and gardening.

April 2013 Vol 13 (4)

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    Q&A with Gary Lees

    Gary Lees came to New Zealand to take up his current position as nursing director of Lakes DHB and went on to become chair of nurse leaders group NENZ. Find out how an interest in psychology lead him to nursing, how he helps out his kids on a Sunday and why his chain mail shirt is getting rusty...

February 2013

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    Q&A with Shelley Frost

    Find out more about GPNZ chair SHELLEY FROST - her favourite movies, missing hands-on nursing and why she does her grocery shopping online.

December 2012

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    Q&A with Jo Goodhew

    Check out what nursing skill that former nurse and associate health minister Jo Goodhew think has helped her political life.

November 2012

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    Q&A with Dame Margaret Bazley

    The former chief nurse on how nursing helped underpin her top civil service career. She also shares her leadership philosophy and her love of rugby and gardening.

September 2012

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    Q&A with Jenny Carryer

    Find out why this Nursing Professor and executive director of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) loves to zumba and whether she'd recommend nursing to the next generation.

July 2012

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    Q&A with Geoff Annals

    NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals first career choice was farming. Find out how he got from a high country farm to the head of the country's largest nursing organisation and union.

May 2012

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    Q&A With Carolyn Reed

    Find out why Nursing Council CEO Carolyn Reed spends so much time mid-air over Cook Strait and how she likes to spend her Sundays.

March 2012

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    Q&A with Jane O'Malley

    Find out more about Ministry of Health chief Jane O'Malley's nursing career spanning New York to Greymouth and her favourite movies of all time.