NZ School Nurses

Tūtaki ki te tīma - Meet our team

 

 

Dr Bethan Maegaard

Dr Bethan Maegaard

Bethan is a GP who works in a large, multicultural secondary school in Auckland, along with a local A & M centre/GP practice. She trained as a Doctor, and then completed her specialist GP training in the UK, and has been working in NZ as a GP for 10+ years. Alongside her current work, Bethan is also the School Based Health Service GP Lead for ADHB.  She really enjoys working with young people and is optimistic about future changes and improvements in youth health and feels school based healthcare plays a vital role in this.

'Kia Ora! Ko Bethan tōku ingoa. As a school GP, I've been fortunate to work with many motivated, enthusiastic and skilled school nurses. I've also seen and experienced how challenging it can be for all health staff in the school environment having to forge a path and do their best in spite of an absence of clear guidance for the complicated scenarios that arise when working with young people.

The website has been an exciting initiative which I hope can help nurses to access information and support in an environment that can often be isolated. I also hope the site helps create the excellent standard of care the health workforce strive for'.
 

Cheryl Grbic

Cheryl Grbic

Cheryl Grbic has 10+ years experience working in a large multicultural school in South Auckland. She has a Bachelor in Health Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Youth Health from Auckland University. Cheryl has endless enthusiasm and energy which young people are drawn to. She is passionate about engaging and supporting vulnerable young people to help them give their best at school and set them up with a promising future. Cheryl is our resident celebrity on our team- a National Waka Ama Gold-Medalist, who competes on an international stage every two years! 

'Kia Ora! Ko Cheryl tōku ingoa. Being a School Nurse and working alongside young people has allowed me to grow and develop my skills to enhance the health and well-being of youth. I am thankful for my role as a School Nurse and the difference I can make in the lives of the young people who visit my clinic. I am also excited to be a part of this website project and to give back by supporting others through the site'. 

 

Christine Cammell

Christine Cammell

Christine works as a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland in the department of Paediatrics. She is the former Clinical Director at Te Puna Manawa HealthWEST in Waitemata, Auckland and is a Registered Nurse by training, with 15+ years experience in School Nursing, and the Health and Education sectors. She has worked in Secondary Schools across Counties Manukau DHB, Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB, along with experience working in Primary and Secondary Schools in Westminster, London. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for all young people through the development and provision of quality youth health services.

'Kia Ora! Ko Christine tōku ingoa. With a constant to do list I've often wished for more time to make improvements for School Nursing in NZ- to improve clinics to make them more youth friendly, improve facilities and physical set up, the resources, the systems, the relationships with other professionals and other agencies, to find funding for more research into School Nursing and to connect young people with mentors who will support them through their journey - the list is long and ever growing. Many School Nurses I have met feel the same way. This site highlights the innovative nature of School Nurses and offers the ability for anyone to send in a template they have created and for others to take that same template from the site, download it, edit it to their setting or clinic and make it their own, without having to start from scratch. Hopefully this will enable all the good work that has been developed and continues to be developed, to be easily shared. Whether it be clinic signs, care plans, policies or guidelines, collectively, this will save us all time 'reinventing the wheel'.

When we began collating the information for this site of providers, resources and training, we were surprised at JUST HOW MUCH exists, if only you know where to find it. We are constantly adding content, so if you have something you think we should include, please let us know!

We thank all those who have and continue to contribute to the content on this site. Hopefully you can take the time to browse the resources and they help to inform your practice, clinic and school.

Karen Howes

Karen Howes


Karen is an experienced Registered nurse who has been working in school nursing for 17 years. She has over 30 years of clinical experience both in hospitals and the community in the UK, Canada and NZ. She is passionate about Youth Health and believes nurses in schools can make a positive difference to the health and well being of young people if they are given the resources and support to do so.

"Kia Ora! Ko Karen tōku ingoa. I am very excited to be part of this project and assist school nurses to be able to support each other, who often work in professional isolation. It will be a place to articulate what we do, share and discuss the challenges and rewards of our work and a platform to find valuable resources and links to help support the needs of our young people, and school communities.
I hope that this website can serve as a tool to raise the professionalism and standards of school nursing and for nurses to use some information from it to articulate to Principals and Boards the complex role we have. 
Having worked in many schools in Auckland, funded by education it has struck me that we need some standards and consistency for competent and safe practice, which is vital for the health and well being of young people in New Zealand. I have a special interest in trying to improve how school nurses can support students with chronic health conditions and how we can improve students transitioning back to school after physical and mental illness.
I would like to congratulate many of the hard working, dedicated school nurses that I have worked alongside over the years, who work tirelessly, in a workforce that is not always well supported and valued, with many anomalies in the way the system currently is. I hope this is a positive step in the journey to improve school based nursing services for all schools across New Zealand, regardless of location or decile.”

Dr Simon Denny

Dr Simon Denny

Simon Denny is an Associate Professor and Paediatrician, and Director at Mater Young Adult Health Center in Brisbane, Australia. He completed his adolescent training in the USA where he was a 2000-01 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy. Simon has previously worked at the Center for Youth Health in South Auckland and University of Auckland. He was the Principal Investigator of Youth’07 which was New Zealand’s second National Youth Health and Well-being survey. He has published extensively on youth health issues in New Zealand and was past chairperson of the Adolescent Health Research Group and Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand.

"Kia Ora! Ko Simon tōku ingoa. I am passionate about the potential for school health services to improve the health and well-being of secondary schools students. This website is a great initiative that aims to support school nurses and other clinicians working with students”

Marjan Paler-Jansen

Marjan Paler-Jansen

Marjan is a registered Nurse who has been working in School Health in South Auckland for the last 10 years with experience in Secondary, Intermediate and Primary schools. She loves to work with young people and believes that school health is the perfect setting for supporting them to learn the health skills needed for now and later life.

“Kia Ora! Ko Marjan tōku ingoa. I believe that School Health Services have a vital role to play in helping Young People to stay well and enable those with health problems to get back to good health. Nurses strive to empower youth, and their Whanau, by providing guidance, care and support to address their health needs and promoting well-being. School health clinics provide an accessible and acceptable service in a youth focused, strength-based way.

Working across different schools has made me aware of the strengths of well-supported nurses that have opportunities to develop the service available to their students. I have had the privilege of working and studying with school nurses who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the role that they do and acknowledge the wealth of skills that nurses bring to the role. 

I believe that this website will support nurses to further their ability and strengthen standards across schools. Collectively, school nurses have a wealth of knowledge that can be shared to benefit all young people. This sharing and striving towards evidence based high quality practice is the key to what will make a difference to the service and the young people we serve.