Kai Tiaki nursing research editor appointed.
Subject: Periodical editors (Appointments, resignations and dismissals)
Periodical publishing (Officials and employees)
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 540 Executive changes & profiles
Product: SIC Code: 2721 Periodicals
Persons: Named Person: Byrne, Heather
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 210919884
Full Text: The nurse editor who transformed the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing into an internationally peer reviewed journal of international standing, Heather Byrne, has accepted the position of editor-in-chief of Kai Tiaki Nursing Research.

NZNO's professional services manager Susanne Trim said NZNO was very fortunate to have such an experienced nursing editor, with an international reputation, to develop its research journal. "NZNO has been working towards producing a quality research journal to provide New Zealand nurse researchers with a credible outlet for their work. To have Heather as our inaugural editor will ensure that comes to fruition."

Byrne trained at Timaru Hospital, graduating as a registered nurse in 1974 and maternity nurse in 1975. She has spent most of her career, which has been in both clinical practice and education, in Australia and, more latterly, in Saudi Arabia. She worked as the head of service, nursing education and research, at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh for three years from 2003, and then as director of nursing--education, at Abdul Aziz Medical City, Riyadh, a 900-plus bed western hospital that provides primary, secondary and tertiary care to the National Guard and expatriate population.

She returned to New Zealand earlier this year and took up the position of nurse manager of Canterbury District Health Board's (DHB) professional development unit, based at Christchurch Hospital.


In Australia she worked in a range of nursing practice settings--acute cardiac, recovery, gerontology care and community nursing, and in management roles in clinical services and staff development. For ten years she was a nursing lecturer at Southern Cross University; she held a joint position as a senior lecturer at Brisbane's Griffith University; and is currently an honorary senior lecturer at both Melbourne's Monash University and Otago University's School of Postgraduate Nursing.

Byrne gained her PhD last year from the University of Southern Queensland. The title of her thesis is Nursing curriculum development: A study of international workers.

She gained her masters of education from the University of New England in 1999 and a masters of health science from the Southern Cross University in 1993. Her research masters focused on quality of Life in long-term health care institutions.

Byrne is excited at the prospect of developing a journal of international repute to serve the nursing profession here. "I have returned to New Zealand with a great deal of nursing knowledge, including a broad research background and I would like to share this expertise with the New Zealand nursing profession. Editor-in-chief of a research journal would be an excellent way to give back to a profession that has given me a wonderful and varied professional life."

Director of nursing at Christchurch Hospital Jackie Flynn and the DHB's executive director of nursing Mary Gordon were both "very excited and supportive" about Byrne's new role, she said.

Byrne is confident Kai Tiaki Nursing Research will attract sufficient high quality research papers for publication. "I don't have any worries about that. I know what is happening in the world of nursing research beyond New Zealand and I am confident New Zealand won't be any different."
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