Growing nurses into governance

A governance toolkit


A new resource from the New Zealand Nurses Organisation to inform and support nurses wanting to enter or progress governance roles

Could you use your skills, experience and decision-making ability to positively influence health and social care through leadership?

Whether you are in clinical practice, policy, research, funding, education – or any other setting – your nursing education and work roles provide a rich array of knowledge, skills and experiences to bring to governance.

NZNO is proud to introduce this resource which is an outcome from the NZNO Strategy for Nursing 2018-2023. It is primarily designed for online use and is full of relevant information and advice – with many links to supplementary ideas and material.

Growing nurses into governance: A governance toolkit is practical and sensible. It critically informs the reader while providing a competence and confidence pathway for nurses either in, or planning to be in, governance roles.

As a nurse, the toolkit is your call to reflection and action. Ask yourself:

  • could I be involved in governance?
  • if not me, who could I support to grow into governance?
  • what can I do and with whom could I work?

The toolkit pays particular attention to Kaupapa Māori with its unique governance environment that can inform governance in all organisations. NZNO Te Poari and Te Rūnanga members have been key to its progression.

The toolkit will become the 'go-to' resource for nurses wanting to engage in governance roles in the unique context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please help by promoting it widely.

About the author

Growing nurses into governance: A governance toolkit was written by independent nursing consultant Shelley Jones RN BA MPhil. Shelley is a writer, researcher and curator known for her thought leadership and ability to bring to light and life an array of useful resources. She brings an independent and critical perspective and her work has included frameworks and resources for effective performance and improvement in leadership, management and patient safety.