Nurse Speakers

We are proud to introduce the following nurse speakers

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Nikki Baird

Nikki is the Nurse Co-ordinator for the National Bowel Screening Programme in Canterbury, and works one day a week for the Ministry of Health. She has been nursing for 30 years, having completed her training in Christchurch. Her nursing experience has included, practice nursing, emergency, and after-hours nursing, and surgical nursing, with a special interest in colorectal surgery. She completed her Master’s Degree in Health Sciences (Clinical Nursing) via Otago University in 2019. Part of her masters’ research included learning about the intergenerational nursing workforce in New Zealand and how it can impacts our nursing teams and workplace culture. She has 2 adult children and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild in October.

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Maryanne Coyle

Maryanne Coyle, Medline Clinical Support for REM Systems Ltd, came to the role after an extensive career in operating rooms around New Zealand and the UK. Since training at Wellington Hospital, Maryanne worked in the theatres at St Vincent’s, Sydney, was then theatre charge nurse at the Royal Free Hospital in London, and held the same position for several years at Southern Cross Hospital in Christchurch. While in London, Maryanne’s entrepreneurial skills led to her own successful business recruiting nurses and nannies for clients throughout the UK. At the same time, she further developed her public speaking skills, which stand her in good stead today when she is invited to speak at national health conferences and run in-service workshops and seminars for operating theatre staff. She runs a series of popular workshops, such as Personality Plus – The Mystery Task and On Shaky Ground, bringing her own form of theatre to nursing , and providing a fresh and entertaining approach to understanding the principles of Personality Profiling and Internal/External customer care in the health sector.

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Dr Maggie Meeks

I began my Paediatric Career in the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) and I believe that the RAF provided the foundation for my close relationship with human factors and simulation training. I came to New Zealand in 2008 and I continue to work clinically in neonatal paediatrics for Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) until November 2021. I have increasingly focused on my career in education with my particular areas of interest being those of interprofessional and simulation based learning and the complexities of human behaviour and communication, contributing to teamwork and culture.

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Dr Sandra Richardson

Sandra has been a nurse for more than 30 years, both as a clinician, an educator and a researcher. Her PhD was completed under the supervision of Professor Mike Ardagh and was focussed on understanding Emergency Department overcrowding. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury University teaching on the graduate entry to nursing Master of Health Science papers and post graduate bioethics while continuing to work two days a week in Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department as New Zealand’s only autonomous emergency nursing Nurse Researcher.

Her areas of research relate to violence and aggression in the health setting and its impact on staff, nursing responses to disaster situations, cultural safety, advanced nursing practice, family nursing and ensuring that the nursing voice is heard. Current interests include the advocacy of professional role and recognition of nursing, the importance of well-being, compassion and recognition of health professional stress. In addition, she is an advocate for safe nursing workplace conditions, and the need to ensure political recognition of the constraints facing nurses. She is currently undertaking a mixed methods research project looking at the impact of the March 15th mass shooting in Canterbury on first responders and health workers in the ED.

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Wendy Risdon

Wendy is a Registered Nurse employed as the Clinical Nurse Lead at Akaroa Integrated Health Hub. She was a Practice Nurse for 15 years at the University of Canterbury and prior to that Wendy was a prison nurse.

Wendy trained at Timaru Hospital in the early 1980’s. She went on to work with people across the life span. Her interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) never waned and she began training as a Healing Touch Practitioner and received international certification in 2008. She continued to use this “hands-on” healing modality at Canterbury University Health Centre and from a home clinic.

Wendy completed a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences at Canterbury University in 2019. Her research thesis was on the use of “Healing Touch” as a complementary therapy for patients with Haematological Disorders in the Christchurch Bone Marrow Treatment Unit.

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Karyn Sangster

Mrs Karyn Sangster is currently on secondment from her role as Deputy Chief Nurse CMDHB to the Northern Regional Healthcare Coordination Centre which covers the Auckland Metro and Northland DHB. Karyn has recently completed her term as Chair of Nurse Executive New Zealand. She has an extensive background in Community nursing and is currently employed one day per week as Principal Nurse Advisor RN prescribing at Nursing Council New Zealand. She is currently completing her doctorate on the experience of registered nurse prescribers in community health working in primary care.

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Julie White

Julie White has a background in Operating Theatre and worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infection Prevention & Control for Canterbury District Health Board for the last 14yrs. She has been a key IPC lead in the new workstream of Canterbury Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities and has assisted in the COVID-19 response across the nation in particular as part of the National IPC MIQF leads group. She is the IPC senior advisor for both the built environment and healthcare design as well as reprocessing of reusable medical devices. She works closely with Gendy, Holly and team in Endoscopy.