Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF)

The Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF) was set up in 1968. It is a registered charitable trust and is registered with the Charities Commission (registration number: CC11458).

All activities of NERF are controlled by a Trust Deed. The Deed is managed by a Board of Trustees of eight people including 4 NZNO Representatives, 1 member of NERF Associates, one lay person and one person with business experience. NZNO provides all administrative support.

Oral History Website

In March 2015, NERF's Oral History Website went live at Visit the site to read New Zealand nurses' stories in their words.

About NERF

The origins of NERF can be traced back to a memorial fund established by NZNO to commemorate the life and work of Flora J Cameron OBE (former Director, Division of Nursing) who died in 1966.

These donations formed the basis of a permanent fund which would provide New Zealand nurses with travel grants, scholarships and other assistance to enhance opportunities for continuing education and professional development.

Thanks to many generous supporters over the years, NERF is able to support many New Zealand nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery with grants and scholarships.

Scholarship and Grant recipients report back to NERF about what they have achieved with the funding they received. Examples of research and projects funded by NERF include:

  • Development of positive nurse sensitive outcome indicators (Philippa Seaton, recipient McCutchan Trust scholarship, 2013)
  • Improving the health of children through improving the primary-secondary interface for child health (Judy McHardy, recipient Margaret May Blackwell Travel Fellowship, 2012)
  • A report on evidence-based nursing information for New Zealand practice nurses (Cheryl Ingram-Clarke, recipient NERF research scholarship, 2013)

Since its inception NERF has received a number of bequests and donations. You can find out about some of NERFs benefactors here:

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'...the funding help that I received enabled me to be able to purchase the rest of the textbooks required to be able to complete the first year of my degree and will be valuable for further study and throughout my nursing career'

Rachel Pugh, recipient of a Hazel Florence Johnstone EN award, 2014


'I would like to personally thank the Margaret May Blackwell Trust and both the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF) for awarding me the wonderful opportunity to do this international study fellowship'

Janice Wootton, recipient of a Margaret May Blackwell Travel Fellowship, 2013