I have been working for Breathe Hawkes Bay since August 2010 as a Nurse Educator. I have worked in a variety of hospital settings in Auckland and UK in particular the Emergency Department, where I enjoyed the adrenaline rush.
Since moving to Hawke’s Bay with my family, I have enjoyed a quieter pace of life. Working as a Respiratory Nurse Educator in a community setting has been very rewarding. I enjoy the one on one contact within our community, educating people the importance of good respiratory health and supporting those who want to improve or maintain their quality of life.
I have worked with Breathe Hawke’s Bay since 2010. I enjoy being able to take the time to spend with individuals and families talking through their respiratory condition with them. we recognise the importance of follow-up in the community and enabling people to stay well and remain in their home environment when at all possible.
One of my passions is children – and as such have been involved in the Asthma Friendly Schools programme. I see a huge importance in asthma education for adults involved in the care of children – schools and preschool staff being a vital part of this. I also enjoy being involved in workforce development supporting my nurse colleagues in the area of respiratory health.
I have been working in or with community service organisations for most of the last 20 years and find the variety really stimulating. Working both as a volunteer and a volunteer coordinator for a variety of organisations now and in the past, I have a huge respect for the contribution volunteers make to the running of an organisation, their time and effort is invaluable.
Ijoined the team at Breathe Hawkes Bay in 2017 as a respiratory nurse educator specifically as support for the Asthma Friendly Schools Programme.
During my nursing career I have experienced a variety of nursing roles from Midwifery to Primary Care with a commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of others, particularly women and children.
As a lover of the outdoors, I cherish the opportunities to freely breathe the fresh air we enjoy in Aotearoa /NZ and want to support others to do the same.
I originally joined the team in 2008. I am one of our respiratory nurse educators working part-time from Wednesday to Friday, working across all developmental ages delivering consultations, education and support to individuals, families, community groups, schools and health professionals.
I enjoy the demands of her role and making a difference to respiratory health in Hawke’s Bay.
In addition, it has been a joy to witness the growth of Breathe Hawke’s Bay and the changes in our service provision since I joined.
After graduating from Otago University I worked as a junior doctor at Napier Hospital for two years and then travelled as a ship’s doctor to the UK. Most of my five years in London was spent in post graduate training and obtaining qualifications as a specialist in Paediatrics.
I returned to Hawkes Bay with my family in 1972 as a full time Clinical specialist to the Hawkes Bay Hospital Board, not to any specific hospital. My job was to develop child health services regionally.
I retired from my hospital appointment in 2006. I was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order for public service.
I have had fifty years of experience in public health. I have had clinical and administrative experience and have served on local and national committees working in health, medical education and research. Asthma has been a clinical and research interest all my professional life.
I am a past president of Asthma Hawkes Bay and have been a Board member and member of a medical advisory group to the Foundation.
Early on my major task in Hawkes Bay was the development of new-born services including a Newborn Intensive Care Unit. In addition I have always been interested in respiratory diseases in children of all ages. Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis have been particular interests. I enjoy my association with Asthma Hawkes Bay very much and hope to continue this.
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