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A website for young nurses and the young at heart in Aotearoa

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The Nurses Station came about following research undertaken by Dr Jill Clendon and Dr Leonie Walker (New Zealand Nurses Organisation researchers) into the needs and experiences of young nurses (aged under 30) in New Zealand. The research resulted in the establishment of a project group of young nurses from throughout New Zealand who met to discuss ways in which some for the needs of young nurses could be met, how they could be better supported in the workplace, and how they could be supported to become better engaged with NZNO.

While some nurses who are younger may be new graduates, many nurses under 30 are very experienced nurses who have substantial skills they can share with their peers. This website was seen as one way in which New Zealand nurses could engage with each other, engage with NZNO, and provide support and information in a user-friendly way.


The Project Group

The core project group:

  • Nikki Turner

    RN, Deparment of Critical Care Medicine, Auckland City Hospital. 

    Website project leader

  • Alesia Smith

    RN, Neonatal Unit, Wellington Hospital.

    Young Nurse of the Year project leader, currently on OE in Canada.

  • Reniza Ongcoy

    RN, Respiratory Ward, Middlemore Hospital, originally from the Philippines, been in New Zealand since 2011,  been in the nursing profession for nearly 5 years.

  • Anne Tseng 

    RN, new grad in 2006, originally from Taiwan, been in New Zealand since 1998,

    Centre for Youth Health under Counties Manukau District Health Board

  • Maddy O’Connor 

    RN, AT&R, Nelson Hospital

  • Jessica Wong 

    RN, Neurosurgery, Auckland Hospital.  Stepped down on 11/4/2012

  • Gemma Donovan

    RN, also part of Young Maori Nurses project group, Quality & Clinical Risk Co-ordinator at Mid Central District Health Board.  Stepped down on 12/9/2012

NZNO support:

  • Jill Clendon 

    Nursing policy adviser/researcher

  • Huia Welton 

    Media and campaigns adviser