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ANEC Organising Committee

Stephanie Cook – Lead Convener
RN, PG Dip Health Sciences (Nursing)
Stephanie is a Nurse Educator with the New Entry to Practice Programme, working within the Nursing Workforce Development Team, for Christchurch Hospital.  She is involved in planning and facilitating the study days for the NetP Registered Nurses and works in collaboration with the senior nurses across the wards to help support the NetP RN’s in the medical/surgical division at Christchurch Hospital.  Previously Stephanie was a Charge Nurse Manager for Cardiothoracic/Vascular.  She has also been involved in charity missions to Fiji and Zambia providing heart surgery to people in need.

Debbie Cook– Convener
(RN, MN, Dip Tchg) is the Clinical Coordinator for the Department of Nursing at Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT) in Christchurch.
Her role involves planning and coordinating clinical placements for students from the Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Professional Practice/Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma in Enrolled Nursing and Competency Assessment Programmes as well as individual programmes for single registered nurses.
Debbie is the Programme Leader for the Competency Assessment Programme and has a particular interest in supporting Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses and NZ nurses who have been out of practice for greater than 5 years to gain registration.
Debbie is also an active member of the Ara/Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) Working and Governance Groups.

Janette Dallas – Convener
RN, Master of Nursing
Janette’s nursing career spans from primary care to intensive care and includes time working as an academic lecturer. She is currently the Nurse Manager of Professional Practice Development. She is based at the Professional Development Unit at Christchurch Hospital. She is passionate about outcome based learning, ensuring the learning is transferred to practice and ultimately improves patient and whanau care. To quote Ako Aotearoa “Learning is the journey not the destination”.

Julie Lucas – Convener
RN, Master Health Sciences
Julie has been working for the West Coast District Health Board since 1979. Julie is the Nurse Manager Clinical services (operations) for Grey Base Hospital. Her two passions are; 1. Ensuring the West Coast population has a sustainable health care service for the future. 2. I believe that education is the basis to everything we do and teachers make a lasting impression on their students thus they should be celebrated for the work they do

Di Bos
RN, PG Diploma Health Sciences (Nursing)
Di is the Nursing Development Coordinator at Pegasus Health, one of the Primary Health Organisations in Canterbury. In her role Di provides support and advice for nurses working in General Practice teams. Di has been employed at Pegasus Health for 15 years and during that time has worked in many programmes and projects including Acute Demand, Mental Health and Immunisation. Di is currently undertaking research for Masters of Nursing and is particularly interested in the advantages to employing new graduate registered nurses in the General Practice environment.

Tracey Bruce
RN, Masters in Nursing
Tracey is a comprehensive trained nurse who has worked in Child Health for the last 23 years. For the last 8 years has been working as a Nurse Educator and Afterhours Clinical Nurse Coordinator a role she developed for the child health service.  As an educator I am interested in how nurses assimilate what they have learnt into practice, how do we know that the education we have provided has been of value and had an impact on the outcomes of our Children and Whanau. Special areas of interest are simulation, new entrance to practice and how do we maintain our competency once we have had the education

Becky Hickmott
RN, PG Dip. HealSc. Nursing
Becky is a Nurse Manager for Nursing Workforce Development Team for Canterbury Health System. This position oversees the coordination and planning of nursing education and career development of undergraduate through to postgraduate nursing for the nurses in the Canterbury Region working closely with the South Island as well as other national groups. Becky’s role also examines future workforce strategies/projections and project work including assisting the Executive Management Team in the development of key projects for the new Health Precinct currently under development for Canterbury.   Becky is currently undertaking her Masters thesis at University of Canterbury.

Catherine King
RN, PG Dip. HealSc Mental Health, Cert. Adult Clinical Teaching
Cathy is a full-time Nurse Educator in the Specialist Mental Health Service, Canterbury District Health Board. In her current role she runs a Nurse Education and Development Programme open to all Nurses RN/EN and Allied Health Professionals.  She has a special interest in Enrolled Nurses ensuring that they are supported into the mental health service.   Cathy has a passion for nursing history and ensuring what was good in the past is carried forward in the future, that of knowing and caring, being with, doing for and enabling the person to care for themself.

Linda Kinniburgh
RN, Master of Nursing
Linda is the Head of School, School of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic since 2005. Linda has extensive experience in nursing education and worked in this School for many years. She has recently led the redevelopment of an Enrolled Nurse and a Health Care Assistant programme. Linda’s Master’s degree examined Treaty of Waitangi education from a pakeha perspective.

Sherry Lilley
RN, Master of Health Science
Sherry is the Co-Head of School in the School of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic. Her passion is education, facilitating learning in a supportive environment to ensure nursing graduates are able to work to improve health outcomes for the population. Sherry’s master’s research was “Mentoring in primary health care” (Lilley, 2006).

Kate Rawlings
RN, Masters of Health Administration
Kate Rawlings is the Programme Director for the South Island Workforce Development Hub. She has previously held a series of senior health positions in New Zealand and Australia. She is a registered Nurse and has a Bachelor of Education (nursing) from the University of New England and Masters of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales.  In combination with her extensive clinical experience mostly in paediatrics and child health, she has a background in the education of health professionals and has lectured at Sydney University, The University of Technology and the University of Newcastle.

Phillipa Seaton
Philippa Seaton is Director of the University of Otago Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies. She has been a nurse educator in hospital programmes, polytechnics, and universities in New Zealand and Australia teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  Her research focuses on nursing education, workplace learning, health technology, clinical simulation, and interprofessional education.

Rosalie Waghorn
RN, Bachelor of Nursing
Rosalie is a Registered Nurse currently working as Nurse Manager Clinical Services: Strategic at Grey Base Hospital for the West Coast DHB.  Rosalie was an Enrolled Nurse who transitioned to RN/BN by distance learning. Rosalie states “it was a challenging rewarding way to learn with good support from Nurse Educators”.

Rose Whittle
[RN, MEd(Dist), Cert. Adult Tchg] is the Clinical Manager for the Department of Nursing at Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT) in Christchurch.
This position includes overall responsibility for the planning of clinical experiences for students from the Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Professional Practice/Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma in Enrolled Nursing and Competency Assessment Programmes and management of the clinical lecturer team.
Rose is an active member of the Ara/Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) Working and Governance Groups. She was part of a Ara (CPIT) research team for another project which validated the internationally developed Clinical Learning Environment Supervision and Nurse Teacher Scale (‘CLES+T’ ) clinical placement survey tool for use in hospital and community settings in the New Zealand context.
Rose has been involved in nursing education for over 25 years and has a particular interest in clinical teaching and learning.

Conference Organiser – The Conference Team
Please contact us if you have any queries in relation to conference  – Joanne or Marg at The Conference Team

P: 03 359 2600  F: 03 359 2602

The Conference Team

E: – Joanne Reddock P: 03 359 2600
E: – Marg Craig P: 03 359 2614
E: – Linda McNichol P: 03 359 2615