Academic Staff Member
I have been nursing for over 30 years now and am still passionate about the profession. My nursing career has varied between paediatrics, oncology, clinical research, and palliative care.
My hobbies include my two dogs, and I have volunteered as an instructor for dog obedience training.
- Doctor of Health Science (DHSc), Auckland University of Technology
- Master of Science in Nursing and Health Administration (MSN/MHA), University of Phoenix, 2008
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), University of Phoenix, 2005
- Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing (BHScNsg), Auckland Institute of Technology, 1992
- Diploma in Nursing, Waikato Technical Institute, 1986
Areas of expertise and research
- Palliative care nursing
Areas of expertise
Industry experience, affiliations, and achievements
- 30+ years of experience in nursing in New Zealand and internationally, including:
- 6 years of teaching nursing students
- 8 years of hospice and palliative care nursing
- 2 ½ years in education and quality for a community health organisation
- 7 years paediatric oncology nursing
- 6 years in research and clinical trials specific to paediatric oncology
- 3 ½ years in general adult and paediatric medical/surgical nursing
- Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing
- Member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Nurse Practitioner/Advance Practice Nurse Network (INP/APNN)
My doctoral research was looking into Collaborative Practice in Palliative Care.
Current research activity includes collaborating with another staff member to understand barriers to how older Chinese immigrants access health services in New Zealand and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Chinese nurses working in New Zealand.
- McDonald, C & Liddel, J. (2017). Flipped Learning and its application to undergraduate nursing education. Journal of Human Health (DHH), 7(2).
- McDonald, C (2016). Choosing the doctoral path in New Zealand: A reflection on one nurse’s postgraduate education journey. Journal of Human Health (DHH), 3(12).
- McDonald, C., & McCallin, A., (2010). Interprofessional collaboration in palliative nursing: What is the patient-family role? International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Vol. 16 (6).
- McDonald, C (2010). Hospice and Palliative Care. Intravenous Nursing New Zealand. December, IVNNZ.