Meet Your Committee

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Dr Heather Robertson - Chairperson

Emma Collins - Secretary

Dr Jed Montayre - Treasurer

Dr Dianne Marshall

Jean Ross

Dr Ruth Crawford

Rachel Sayers

 

Dr Heather Robertson (RN, MA, PhD) - Chairperson

Dr Heather RobertsonHeather is currently the chair of the Nursing research section of NZNO. She is an experienced nurse with a career that spans 35years. Heather is currently employed as Nurse Leader-primary and community for Hauora Tairāwhiti; a position that sits within the Nursing and Quality team as well as Planning and Funding. Prior to this she was the clinical manager for well child after a significant number of years as a public health nurse. She is a strong advocate for primary health care nursing.

Heather obtained her PhD from Massey University in 2014; research that examined the impact of the primary health care strategy on primary health care nurses in Tairāwhiti. She has published articles on her Masters and PHD research in ‘Nursing Praxis in New Zealand’.

Heather is a fervent believer in nursing education and research with a commitment to encouraging nurses to pursue ongoing education and research to grow their knowledge and strengthen their practice; as well as nursing as a profession.

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Emma Collins - Secretary

Emma CollinsEmma Collins is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. She began working for OP in 2011 and holds a Master of Nursing, specialising in Child Health. Her background is in paediatric nursing and community child and family health, in particular, school nursing and public health.

Emma’s current research interests include ePortfolios and nursing informatics. She is also on a research group with the University of Otago exploring creating positive learning environments for health students.

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Dr Jed Montayre - Treasurer

Jed MontayreJed is a lecturer and gerontology researcher at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)-Nursing Department in Auckland.

His nursing background focusses on the care of older adults in both long-term and acute care settings. His work within the aged care sector involves quality case management and consultation for educational and workforce issues within aged related residential care settings (ARRCs).

For his current role at AUT he oversees and ensures the integration of gerontology in the nursing curriculum. He delivers gerontology-related lectures to graduating students each year, providing insights about the ageing population and its impact on nurses and the nursing profession in general. These lectures are some of the things Jed has undertaken to open students’ interest of pursuing a gerontology specialty.

He also leads a project focussed on issues surrounding older migrants in New Zealand. Jed is a member of the New Zealand Gerontology Association (NZAG). He is a steering committee member for AUT Centre for Active Ageing.

In 2016, Jed was the co-recipient of the NZNO Young Nurse of the Year Award.

Read Jed’s extended profile on the AUT website

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Dr Dianne Marshall

Dr Dianne MarshallDianne is a registered nurse with a clinical background in surgical and cardiothoracic intensive care. She is a senior lecturer in the undergraduate nursing programme at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are in human factors, quality and safety in healthcare, and inter-professional learning through simulation.

Currently Dianne’s research is focussed on developing nurses’ non-technical skills with the goal of reducing preventable error.

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Dr Jean Ross

Dr Jean RossJean is a Principal Lecturer in nursing at Otago Polytechnic, and has been working within this educational organisation since 2003 when she was invited to establish the NP programme in rural health.

Jean was initially a senior lecturer at the Christchurch School of Medicine, from 1998. It was in this environment Jean established herself as a researcher and has published in the area of rural health which has led to the development of innovative models of practice for rural practitioners. Jean has continued to contribute to the research environment throughout the previous twenty years and has been recognized nationally and internationally for her contribution to rural research by receiving the Peter Snow Memorial Award in 2008.

Jean believes strongly in the power of research to promote and debate change and policy development within the profession and to improve health care services. Jean continues to activate this philosophy within the BN Year 3 programme in which students have the opportunity to contribute to knowledge generation and present and publish their work in the School of Nursing Online Journal, which Jean initiated and is the Editor in Chief.

In 2017 Jean is also the Editor in Chief of the Scope Journal, Health and Place. As Jean has now completed her PhD she now has the time and continued commitment to promote the importance of research within the profession.

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Dr Ruth Crawford

Dr Ruth CrawfordRuth is a Principal Lecturer and Programme Coordinator of the Professional Practice suite of Programmes (PG Certificate, PG Diploma, Master of Professional Practice) in the School of Health at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua. Her nursing background includes inpatient child and youth health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, medical and surgical nursing. 

Ruth’s research interests focus on emotional communication in nursing practice, child health, health workforce development (specifically Māori and Pacific), decision making in end-of-life care and interprofessional education. Ruth is a strong advocate of research and evidence-based practice. Ruth has published nationally and internationally. 

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Rachel Sayers

Rachel SayersRachel is employed as an Assistant Research Fellow at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, Otago University and as a Lecturer at the School of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic.

With a background in paediatric and neonatal nursing, Rachel has been involved with paediatric research since 1994 and student nursing education since 2012. She qualified with a Master of Health Sciences in 2005. She is also holds a position as a Facilitator for the Paediatric Sleep Medicine Clinical Network, New Zealand Child and Youth Clinical Networks, Paediatric Society of New Zealand. 

The main focus of research Rachel has been involved with is in the area of paediatric sleep. This has included research on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), safe sleep practices, infant irritability, sleep and obesity and infant sleep education.

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