Cheryl Atherfold will be speaking at our Pinnacle nursing conference on 20 November at our Hamilton office, please ensure you register your attendance.
Cheryl is the director of nursing at the University of Waikato (UOW). This newly established suite of programmes addresses nursing workforce development from undergraduate through to doctoral completion. The UOW programmes focus on innovations that are responsive to health needs of the people of Aotearoa, and specifically the Midland Region. She comes into this context from the role of deputy chief nurse Waikato District Health Board.
Her background includes a range of hospital and community settings where she has worked in general medicine, endocrinology, orthopaedics and long-term care, with specialty roles in diabetes, respiratory, education, quality and leadership.
Additionally, she has been part of initiatives with adolescent and paediatric diabetes services; Youthworx, community services based on cultural partnerships; The Public Health Commission (MOH); a cultural competence framework for professional development; nurse practitioner mentoring, research and academic partnerships, and the Te Arawa Clinical Emergency Response Team to the Christchurch earthquake.
Cheryl’s goal is to develop and support growth in nursing practice across the care continuum and lifespan to optimise patient experience and health outcomes within bicultural partnerships.