Mentorship & Coaching for Nurse Managers

Welcome to the NZNO Nursing Leadership Section, NZNO Tapuhi Mana Whakatipu Mentorship and Coaching Network. We understand that nursing leadership is a challenging role.

  • Mentoring and coaching can assist nurse managers to develop competency, capability and their careers, and ultimately to improve patient outcomes in the rapidly changing heath climate.
  • When surveyed, our membership indicated they would value access to mentoring and coaching opportunities. So we looked for nurse leaders around the country who might be willing share their time and expertise to mentor and coach NMNZ members.
  • Available mentors and coaches are profiled below so you can find one you feel fits your requirements. We are expecting to add to this list so please check back for updates.
  • NZNO provides guidelines for mentorship and coaching. We recommend you read these before you choose a mentor or coach. Visit the Publications page to download the guidelines.


  • It is the responsibility of the mentor or coach to develop and agree on mutual boundaries, including the frequency of contact time, duration of the mentoring or coaching relationship and the method of communication.
  • It is an expectation that contact time is discussed with your employer if you wish to undertake it during work time.
  • You are expected to maintain your professional standard of practice throughout the mentor/mentee relationship.
  • If you have any concerns or issues outside the scope of mentoring or coaching then the NMNZ Section committee recommends you contact the NZNO member support centre on 0800 28 38 48.

Mentor and Coach profiles

Angela Gillman, Clinical Nurse Manager, Wellington Regional Plastic, Maxillofacial & Burns Unit

Location: Hutt Valley/Wellington

Availability: 1 hour every two weeks and by email

Bio: I have been working as a CNM for over 15 years in the Public sector and 5 years in the Private sector. My role consists of leadership and service management, daily ward rounds, business planning, quality assurance, discharge planning and service planning.

I have completed a Diploma of Health Care and a number of leadership-based workshops. I hold an Expert portfolio. I am a member of the Hospital Clinical Council. I am keen to support and nurture new or less experienced Clinical Nurse Managers

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Annie Morley, Clinical Nurse Manager

Speciality: Intensive and Coronary care and Nurse Coordinator education projects

Location: Lakes DHB Rotorua

Availability: 1-2 hours weekly and by email

Bio: I hold two roles within Lakes DHB.

Firstly as Clinical Nurse Manager, this is a job share position in the Intensive and Coronary Care Units at Rotorua hospital. This role involves the clinical leadership and management of the unit and a team of approximately 30 RNs.

Secondly, I also work 0.2 as the Education Projects Coordinator at Lakes DHB. This role is varied and involves activities such as marking portfolios and assignments, organizing and running study days, preparing for Nursing Council audits, and supporting nurses with post graduate study. I also assist as study coordinator with cardiac drug trials.

I completed a Master’s in Health Science at Auckland University of technology. My dissertation subject was 'The transition of ward nurses to proficient critical care nurse'.

I hold an Expert portfolio.

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Faye Davenport, Registered Nurse, BA, BTh, MN, MEd, DipBus, Senior Nursing Lecturer (Palmerston North)

I am a senior Lecturer in the Nurse Education Team at UCOL. I have been working in nursing education since 2000, part-time initially and full-time since 2006. I have held a number of different roles within the team over the years.

I am currently largely involved with first year students where I teach a professional nursing paper and assist with teaching skills. I also support students in clinical placements. Pastoral care is an important part of the lecturing role for me.

Prior to that I worked in the field of Oncology, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Care of patients from those newly diagnosed through to palliative and end of life care.

I have particular interests in palliative and end of life care and how this is introduced to first year students in the most effective way. I am also interested in how nurses care for themselves and their team colleagues in the current health care environment. An important part of this is how to develop strategies to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.

I look forward to the opportunities that the mentoring/coaching role will provide.

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