The NZACA Nursing Leadership Group
The Nursing Leadership Group (NLG) is the recognised voice of aged care nursing. We have a collective, consistent and strong voice.
Providing nursing leadership – and ensuring that Registered Nurses in aged care are supported to work to their full potential – is one of the most important things we can do to improve health and wellbeing of older New Zealanders.
Why is having an ARC Nursing Leadership Group important?
- Registered nurses in aged residential care work in partnership as an essential part of the health system to deliver better health outcomes for New Zealanders.
- Registered nurses in aged residential care provide a full spectrum of complex clinical assessment and care, including hospital-level care, dementia care and palliative care
- A highly functioning aged residential care sector reduces the pressure on the public health system and prevents admissions to public hospitals.
- Registered nurses in aged residential care improve the quality of life and clinical care for older New Zealanders.
- Registered nurses lead multi-disciplinary clinical health teams that provide care to the highest standard for New Zealand’s older and more vulnerable population and support services teams in aged care.
- Specialised aged care nursing offers a career development pathway. Our nurses need equal access to professional development and training, equal pay and equal conditions.
- New Zealand needs to attract more specialist nurses into aged residential care now and in the future to meet the complex needs and increasing demand of an ageing population.
- Older New Zealanders have a right to specialised clinical care by Registered Nurses.
NZACA Nursing Leadership Group
General Manager of Nursing & Clinical Strategy, Oceania Healthcare
Frances previously held the positions of CEO of the International Council of Nursing in Geneva, Chief Nursing and Midwifery officer for Queensland, Professor of Nursing at University of Auckland and the Chief Nurse for New Zealand.
Owner and Operator of Chatswood Rest Home & Retirement Village, Canterbury
Rhonda is the Clinical Advisor to the NZACA.
Chief Operating Officer of Ryman Healthcare
Cheyne was Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Monash Health and Director of Nursing at Capital & Coast DHB.
Head of Clinical Services of Summerset Group
Lynda has over 30 years’ experience as an RN working with older people in a range of settings from community support to DHBs and ARC. Lynda is passionate about maximising independence, quality of life and participation for older people.
Owner & Manager of Cook Street Nursing Care Centre
Anna has held many varied clinical leadership positions, has been an expert advisor to the Health and Disability Commission and also provides nursing leadership and coaching.
Facility Manager of Waihi Lifecare
Wendy has worked in ARC in a variety of leadership, management, clinical and education roles. She has been an academic staff member for a tertiary provider and has always had a passion for older persons health which is resident focused.
CEO of Mercy Parklands
Ann has many years of experience and demonstrated success within the health sector. Highlights include founding what is now the College of Emergency Nursing and instigating the No One Dies Alone initiative in Mercy Parklands. Ann continues to work towards improving palliative care in ARC.
- Strengthening nursing leadership – and ensuring that aged care nurses are enabled to work to their full potential – is one of the most important things we can do to improve health and wellbeing.
- Aged care nurses deliver a continuum of care for New Zealanders. We work in partnership as an essential part of the health system to create better health outcomes.
- The residents in our care have increasingly acute conditions and we are a primary provider of palliative care.
- Registered nurses lead the healthcare team in aged care. We need more nurses in the aged care sector to bolster the national healthcare system.
- Educating and utilising nurses to their fullest potential makes economic sense. It reduces the need for hospital beds and increases quality of care and health.
- Aged care is a nursing specialism with a career development path. Our nurses need equal access to professional development and training, equal pay and equal conditions.