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Kerry Lineham NP Acute Care
I trained as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse at Nelson Polytechnic in 1986-88 as a naïve 17 year old and one of only 5 male nurses in a class of 60. After graduating I worked in psychopaediatrics in Braemar and Drug&Alcohol at Hanmer Springs before heading overseas to Hawaii in 1992. I first trained as an IV therapist before moving on to Intensive Care, Trauma, neuro-trauma, hyperbaric and international flight nursing. During my 15 years in Hawaii I attained the first Master Science in Nursing – CNS from Hawaii Pacific University, was a medic with the US Navy, Pearl Harbour, before gaining a direct commission as an officer heading new recruit training and unit placement, . After returning to Nelson, NZ in 2006 I continued to work in ICU & flight nursing before becoming NMDHB Educator of Resuscitation in 2008. In 2012 I joined the team at Manuka Street Hospital as Clinical Nurse Manager – Surgical,and with support from my employer and colleagues completed Nurse Practitioner training and registration in Acute Care - Lifespan in March 2017. I work closely with the team of nurses, surgeons and anaesthetists in the NP role as well as being CNM and 2IC for the hospital.
I am dedicated to promoting and proving the need and worth of Nurse Practitioners and advanced nursing practice within our healthcare system for the benefit of the person at the centre of it all – the patient.
In my spare time I am working on attaining my black belt in Seido Karate and spending as much time as possible with my family on our lifestyle block in rural Tasman.