Suzette Poole

Clinical lead, co-editor of Handover

(RN-MH,  PGDip. Forensic Psych., MN)
Fellow, Te Ao Māramatanga - The New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses

As clinical lead I lead some initiatives and provide a mental health and nursing perspective to others. I also represent Te Pou on relevant sector committees and provide mentorship. It is unique national role in that I have the opportunity to work alongside leaders, managers and those who provide direct care to the people needing and wanting mental health or addiction services.

I thrive on the variety of the work that I am able do. My favourite moments are when I hear, see or read about innovative changes and when I am reminded about the great work that nurses do every day.  

I originate from Pahiatua and have a wonderfully large whānau with many grandchildren who are the delight of my life. Since completing my psychiatric nursing training in 1985 at Tokanui Hospital I have worked in a range of clinical and leadership roles. I specialised in forensic mental health including working on-site in a prison. Leadership roles include; clinical nurse leader-educator, clinical nurse director, nurse advisor-health (Nursing Council), practice board chair and Fellow of Te Ao Maramatanga, New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses, honorary lecturer at Auckland University. I am a member of the Tokanui History Book group that produced Changing Times, Changing Places: From Tokanui Hospital to Mental Health Services in the Waikato, 1910-2012.

Recently I completed a Master on Nursing and my thesis was about New Zealand Mental Health Nurses’ Perceptions of Structural and Psychological Empowerment. Other research has included contributing to a study about violence towards nurses in their first year of practice.

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