Journal of Professional Nursing




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

Sue has worked in a range of academic, leadership, and clinical positions in NZ  since 2005, and prior to this in the UK. At Massey University, she developed and taught postgraduate courses in evidence-based practice and the management of long-term conditions. Her research interests include health systems and policy in the primary health care sector, advanced nursing practice, and institutional ethnography. She is currently a research fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland where she is pursuing research focused on nurse practitioners' contribution to primary health care as a solution to health workforce issues and health inequities.




Dr Caz Hales, RN, PhD, PG Dip, BNurs (Hons)

Caz is a senior lecturer and the equity lead at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice and holds a Honorary Research Fellow position at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. Her clinical background is in critical care and acute care specialties and health service innovation and research. Her research interests include healthcare practices and service provision for patients with extreme obesity; health-related social stigma, human infection models, pneumonia vaccine development, qualitative research, and clinical trials.




Board Members:


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

Mandie Jane Foster is a lecturer and research scholar at Edith Cowan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Joondalup, Perth, Australia. Her research focuses on child and family centred care from a multi-cultural lens and the experiences, perceptions and needs of children, parents, families and staff within various healthcare settings globally. Her present research projects include children’s participation in shared decision-making in hospital and psychometric testing and implementation studies using the Needs of Children’s Questionnaire. She is co-chair of the International Network on Child and Family Centred Care. She teaches child and adolescent health for undergraduate and postgraduate students, providing advanced paediatric education and supervises international clinical practicums.




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

Kaye is a principal lecturer at Ara Institute of Canterbury. She has been involved in nursing education for over twenty five years at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is currently the Postgraduate Programmes Leader at Ara Institute of Canterbury. She provides leadership for these programmes which include education leading to registered nurse prescribing and the nurse practitioner scope. Her areas of interest include older person health, residential aged care and all aspects of nursing education. 




Helen.jpgDr Helen Rook RN, BSc (Hons), PGDip, MN, PhD

Helen holds a strong clinical and educational portfolio with a background in critical care nursing in the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. Helen has worked as a nursing academic in both New Zealand and Irish Universities delivering undergraduate and post-graduate education. As a nursing academic Helen has taught in the clinical nursing pathways teaching advanced health assessment, and supporting nurses at various stages of their academic careers from student nurses to nurse practitioners. Helen supervises both Masters and PhD students.

As an early career researcher, Helen's academic interest has led her to explore professional nursing values, value dissonance and the impact of systems and situational context on the expression of nursing values. Her recently completed doctoral work in this area found that healthcare environments obstruct nursing values, creating a gap between how nurses want to, and how they are able to, practice.

Helen's research challenges nurses, nurse leadership along with healthcare leaders to acknowledge and address the visibility of values in contemporary practice, and the dissonance between the values of healthcare professionals and those that drive healthcare delivery. Helen is particularly interested in supporting organisational climates to build resilient professionally self-confident health professionals.


Catherine Cook 2020Dr Catherine Cook, RN, PG Cert TT,  MCouns, PhD

Catherine is an Associate Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. Her clinical background is in nursing, midwifery and counselling. For many years she has had clinical and research interests in the areas of sexuality, sexual health and sexual identity, particularly as these topics relate to marginalised and vulnerable populations, and to care ethics. Catherine is a reviewer for six international journals and is committed to mentoring nurses in their scholarly writing to enable them to publish.




Kiri Hunter

Kiri Hunter RN, MN, DipTLT

Kaitautoko Tikanga ā-Rua (bicultural advisor) 

Kiri is a senior lecturer and Māori student support in the Health Curriculum Area, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. She has an extensive clinical background working in both NZ and Australian healthcare settings. Specialty pre-registration teaching areas include adult biophysical health, kawa whakaruruhau (cultural safety) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Of Māori and northern European whakapapa (descent) she has tribal connections to Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne and Ngāti Maniapoto iwi. As an early career researcher, Kiri has a vested interest in Māori nursing workforce development and improving Māori health outcomes; and exploring cultural competency in nursing practice. Previous research focused on new graduate nurses’ professional socialisation and clinical teaching and learning experiences.




Jennifer Roberts

Dr Jennifer Roberts, RN, MN, EdD

Jennifer has a background in critical care nursing with a special interest in interventional cardiology. After a highly rewarding career in clinical nursing practice she has worked in nursing education for over a decade across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes in Aotearoa. Jennifer is primarily a qualitative researcher with interests in leadership, policy, regulation, advanced nursing practice, and nursing education. Her recent doctoral thesis explored cultural safety in the context of nursing education. Working in Aotearoa Jennifer is passionate about better understanding our unique nursing landscape and integrating authentic bicultural models of practice across the nursing profession.