PRAXIS:  "The action and reflection of people upon their world in order to transform it."

Editorial Board


Dr Jill Wilkinson, RN, PhD, MNCNZ(NZ)

Dr Sue Adams RN, BSc (Hons), MSc, HV, PGCert, PhD

Board Members:

Dr Mandie Foster RN, PhD, PG Dip, PG Cert

Dr Kaye Milligan RN, PhD, MA(Hons), BN, 

Dr Caz Hales RN, BNurs(Hons), PGDip, PhD

Dr Helen Rook RN, BSc (Hons), PGDip, MN, PhD

Dr Catherine Cook RN, PhD, M. Couns, PG Cert TT




Board Bio's



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Jill Wilkinson, RN, PhD, MCNZ(NZ)

Jill has worked in nursing education for over 18 years at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  She is the Director of Postgraduate Nursing Programmes across each of Massey University's three campuses.  As well as providing supervision to masterate and doctoral students her research interests, teaching responsibilities and professional involvement are connected to advanced nursing roles and safe prescribing practice.  Jill is a regular panel member for the Nursing Council of New Zealand's approval process for Nurse Practitioner applicants and an advisor to the Board of Te Aro Health Centre which provides services to low income and often homeless people.



 Board Members:


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Mandie Foster, RN, PhD, PG Dip, PG Cert

Over the past twenty seven years I have integrated a clinical role, academic position and higher degree (PhD) including innovative translational research into my nursing career. My area of expertise is paediatric clinical nursing, education and research. I have coordinated and designed interactive blended paediatric undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and have presented at international, national and local conferences, tutored and mentored postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate students within various universities and hospital settings within developed and developing countries. My ambition is to be part of an energetic trans-disciplinary child and young person’s team to professionally and competently contribute to the knowledge base of nursing and improved well-being of adults, children and families globally.




Dr. Kaye Milligan, RN, PhD, MA(Hons), BN, MCNA 

Kaye is a principal lecturer at Ara Institute of Canterbury with a wide variety of educational and leadership roles spanning 25 years. Currently she is the Postgraduate Programme Leader at Ara. Kaye’s PhD thesis focused on clinical decision making by registered nurses in the residential aged care sector and she has simultaneously been involved in interprofessional simulation research.


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 Professor Emeritus Norma Chick

Born and educated in Australia,  Norma commenced her nursing life at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.  Her Midwifery training was undertaken at the Middlesex Hospital, London and the  King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth Australia. Subsequently  Norma completed a Diploma of Nursing Education at the College of Nursing, Australia. 
She held various clinical  and eduction positions in Victoria and  completed BA Hons Degree ,First Class (Psychology) at Melbourne University; and PhD  (Psychology) from the Australian National University, Canberra. In 1971 Norma came to NZ with her husband and taught at Massey University –initially in Psychology Department.
Norma soon became involved with the emerging nursing programme firstly with the undergraduate diploma and degree and later her major contribution came to be in pioneering the graduate programme. Norma had the honour and pleasure of supervising the first Doctorate in Nursing, to be awarded in New Zealand.

In Norma's later years at Massey University she was Professor and Head of Department and on retirement was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus. 
Norma's involvement with Nursing Praxis in New Zealand began at its inception in 1985, and (with some small breaks) has continued through to the present day.  Norma is highly valued as an experienced member of the Nursing Praxis Editorial Board and we truly appreciate Norma's continuing role as copy editor for the journal.