Meet the Committee

NZNO Nursing Leadership Section, NZNO Tapuhi Mana Whakatipu National Committee Members

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A bit about us


Debbie O'Donoghue  - Chairperson

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


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  - Secretary

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 a NZNO Board of Director, the Chairperson of the Neonatal Nurses College (NNCA) and Chairperson of the  NZNO Nursing and Midwifery Advisory committee (NMAC).

Vina Singh  - Committee Member


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