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Nursing Advisor - Health and Disability Commissioner

Dawn Carey, RN, PG Dip Advanced Nursing (Merit)

Dawn Carey was appointed as the in-house Nursing Advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner in September 2012. This is currently a part time role that Dawn balances with her clinical staff nurse role and her continuing studies.

The Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 requires the Commissioner to promote and protect the rights of health consumers and disability services consumers, and to also facilitate the fair and efficient resolution of associated complaints. As the in-house Nursing Advisor, Dawn’s principle role involves advising the Commissioner’s complaints resolution staff on clinical issues. On a day to day basis this involves Dawn reviewing clinical files and determining whether the received nursing care was of the expected standard or not. Dawn evaluates and bases her advice on New Zealand’s professional, ethical and relevant legislative requirements. As part of the rules of natural justice, Dawn’s advice and reasoning is forwarded to those involved in the complaint giving them an opportunity to reply. 

Dawn qualified as a RN in 1998 and initially worked in surgical nursing before specialising in intensive care. In 2004 Dawn immigrated to New Zealand and joined the staff nurse team in the Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM) at Auckland City Hospital. Within the DCCM Dawn has held senior nursing positions, initially as a Clinical Charge Nurse and then as a Nurse Educator. She gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Merit) in 2007 from the University of Auckland.

As a Nurse Educator, Dawn developed a particular interest in the issues that affected attracting and retaining nurses within the critical care environment. She co-developed the ICU vocational training programme within ADHB, which supported a cohort of nurses across two intensive care units enabling them to develop a comprehensive skills set. In 2008 Dawn was nominated and awarded an ADHB NOVA award for innovation and commended for revitalising intensive care nursing education.

Dawn was awarded the CCNS ‘Best Nursing Presentation’ for her presentation on ‘Donation after cardiac death’ at the 2009 ANZICS conference.

Responding to her growing interest in organisational behaviours, Dawn returned to full time education in 2010 to commence a conjoint BBus and BHSc (Psychology). Since this time Dawn has continued working clinically as a part time staff nurse within the DCCM.