Conference 2019 ®Evolution

10-12 April 2019

Marlborough Region
New Zealand

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Dr Sue Adams PhD MSc RN

Dr Sue Adams PhD MSc RN

Dr Sue Adams PhD MSc RN

Since moving to New Zealand in 2005, I have worked in a number of positions within the primary health care (PHC) sector, and for the past six years as a senior lecturer at Massey University. It was at Massey, working with Prof Jenny Carryer, that I completed my PhD which critically examined the establishment of NPs in rural PHC in New Zealand. This research was underpinned by two key arguments: firstly, that NPs’ work is at the very least equivalent to GPs, and often superior; and secondly, that NPs are well placed to provide health services that improve access and reduce health inequalities. The study sought to answer how the implementation of such a valuable workforce had been slow to materialise in New Zealand.

Prior to my employment at Massey, I held the position of Associate Director of Nursing for Primary Health Care at Waitemata DHB. Here I developed a small team of nurse educators to implement a new graduate programme in PHC and support the professional development of nurses through postgraduate study with the intention of developing the NP workforce. At Massey University I taught Evidence-based Practice and Managing Long-term Conditions for the MN programme, and PHC courses on the BN programme. I left Massey University in August 2018, but am continuing to co-supervise three PhD students with Jenny Carryer and write publications from my thesis. It is my intention now to pursue further research relating to NPs and health policy, ensuring that the health sector enables the establishment of NPs as mainstream providers of PHC in New Zealand.

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