Meet the Committee

NZNO Nurse Managers New Zealand National Committee Members

NZNO Nurse Managers NZ National Committee Members

L-R Back row: Jeni Palmer, Sarah Tweedale (Chair), Rosie Rosewarne, Natasha Ashworth, Shamim Chagani
Front row: Debbie O'Donoghue, Tracey McCarrey, Wendy Blair, Teresa Fisher


A bit about us

Sarah Tweedale - Chairperson

Sarah is Dunedin Hospital's Charge Duty Manager. Originally from the UK and with a background in respiratory and HDU nursing, Sarah emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2001.

After 11 years in respiratory and emergency nursing in Dunedin, Sarah's growing interest in health systems and front-line leadership led to her ongoing study: a Masters in Health Service Management through Massey University and a Front Line Management course through CPIT.

Sarah is looking forward to raising awareness of the amazing work Nurse Managers do throughout New Zealand, and also shining a spotlight on the daily challenges they face in their dynamic working environment.

Jeni Palmer - Committee Member

Jeni is a Clinical Nurse Manager of a surgical ward at Tauranga Hospital. Jeni has worked in general surgery, ENT, cardio-thoraic surgery/HDU, gynaecology and breast surgery in public and private hosptials in New Zealand and the UK, Jeni has been nursing for over 30 years.  She is currently completing a Masters of Nursing.

Shamim Chagani - Newsletter Editor

Shamim is a Charge Nurse Manager based at Manukau Surgery Centre, Counties Manukau Health. She graduated in 1996 and migrated to New Zealand in 2001.

Shamim’s experience includes Emergency Nursing and General Surgical nursing. After 12 years, she moved to an educator role and then progressed to CNM in 2010. She continued her studies and completed Masters of Management in Health Service Management in 2014.

She also served as a member with Ministry of Health, Health & Disability Ethics committee for four years. She also worked on couple of projects with Health Quality and Safety Commission NZ, which includes Partners in care & Opioids induced harm.

According to Shamim, Nurse Managers play a pivotal role in shaping the future and The NZNO Nurse Manager forum is an ideal platform.

Teresa Fisher  - Treasurer

Teresa has been a Duty Nurse Manager at Gisborne hospital since 2005, becoming a member of the section soon after that. Her background is in ICU/CCU and flight nursing, completing postgraduate studies in critical care nursing and nursing leadership. She is an NZNO workplace delegate and has been for over 30 years. 

Teresa is a founding (2015) committee member of a local Gisborne group, the Nurses and Midwives of Tairawhiti (NAMOT). This group’s purpose is to celebrate and promote nurses and midwives in our region, acknowledging achievements and service, hosting awards events twice a year and being involved in other community events. The group is funded through membership and some sponsorship and fundraising, completely separate from the DHB. Having been part of organising the national nurse managers conference in Gisborne in 2016, Teresa felt that joining the national Nurse Managers Section Committee would be a great opportunity to help promote the section and raise awareness of the challenges nurse managers face daily, and also to promote and encourage the next generation who will become our successors.

Natasha Ashworth  - Committee Member

Natasha has been involved in long term condition management for 20 years as a nurse first in the UK and then here in New Zealand in the beautiful city of Gisborne. Natasha has conducted research into LTC management as part of her Master of Nursing degree and alongside Otago University as part of the Interprofessional Education programme. She is committed to working more effectively as part of a team including health providers and the individual and their whanau in order to improve the wellbeing of people with LTCs. She has a strong interest in inter-sectoral cooperation to complement the role of health providers and in ways of assisting the individual to be the leader of their health care experience. The Nurse Managers Section is poised to become the section for nurse leaders from a variety of clinical and managerial backgrounds and Natasha feels privileged to be part of that development.

Tracey McCarrey  - Committee Member

Tracey is a Duty manager at Hawke’s Bay Hospital where she had worked since 2004 after moving to New Zealand in 2003. Originally from Scotland, Tracey trained in Mental Health and General Nursing. She has worked in acute mental health, acute surgical areas, PACU, and in addition to her role as a Duty Manager, she is employed as a part-time Acute Pain Service RN. She has completed a Masters in Nursing and a Diploma in applied Management.

Tracey is passionate about communication and networking and foresees the Nurse Manager Section as a forum to support, influence and develop future Nurse Mangers through collaboration with the committee and section members.

Debbie O'Donoghue  - Committee Member

Debbie works as the Neonatal Nurse Manager at Christchurch Women’s Hospital she has been working within New Zealand in a senior neonatal nursing role for the past 21 years. Her Background is within neonatal and paediatric nursing and midwifery both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She recently gained her Master’s in Nursing ,undertaking a qualitative research study within the NICU setting interviewing fathers on their neonatal experience.

She is passionate about the profession of nursing and advocating for the nursing workforce at a local, national and international level being a member of the Nurse Manager’s Section provides Debbie with the opportunity collectively to be a professional voice for nursing leadership within New Zealand. Debbie has a number of years’ experience at both local, national and an International level in professional and governance nursing leadership roles. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) and a member of the local organising committee for the International neonatal nursing conference being held in New Zealand May 2019.She is also a member of the New Zealand Neonatal Newborn Network who are directed by the Ministry of Health to look at neonatal best practice in New Zealand and previous leadership roles have included being a NZNO Board of Director, the Chairperson of the Neonatal Nurses College (NNCA) and Chairperson of the  NZNO Nursing and Midwifery Advisory committee (NMAC).

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