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Katrina Fyers

Katrina Fyers

Senior Academic Staff Member

Contact info

+64 7 834 8800 extension 8128


A Registered Nurse since 1981, I have worked as a Pākehā Treaty worker since 1995. I have been involved in a horticultural business for 35 years and am currently developing an avocado/citrus orchard with my partner.  I enjoy walking, kayaking, reading and spending time with my grandchildren.    


  • Waikato DHB Peer Recognition Award - International Nurses Day, 2013


  • PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington 
  • Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education, Wintec, 2016
  • Digital Story Telling, Wintec, 2016
  • Te Tauihu, Wintec, 2016
  • Chronic Condition Management - Accredited Trainer, Flinders University, Australia 
  • Master of Arts in Applied Nursing with Merit, Victoria University of Wellington, 2009
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Family Nursing, Wintec, 2004
  • RGON, University of Waikato, 1981

Areas of expertise

  • Primary health care
  • Developing and supporting nurse-led services
  • Professional development for primary health care nurses
  • Management of long-term conditions
  • Cultural safety and Treaty education
  • Health promotion

Industry experience, affiliations, and achievements

  • Clinical experience in working in the community as a practice nurse, district nurse, community ear nurse and as an educator
  • Member of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO)
  • Member of the College of Primary Health Care Nurses
  • Member of the Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHANZ

Research activity

My research has focussed on primary health care nursing, epistemological development, patterns of knowing in nursing, relational practice, cultural safety education and evaluation. My current research is a qualitative critical constructivist study.

Select publications

  • Greenwood S., & Fyers K. (2018). Epistemological Development in First-Year Nursing Students Undertaking Cultural Safety Education. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(4), 229-232. doi:10.3928/01484834-20180322-07.
  • Fyers, K. & Gibbison, B. (2017) The impact of teaching quality improvement (clinical audit) processes to nurses and allied health professionals who work with people with diabetes. Poster presentation to New Zealand Society of the Study of Diabetes Conference.
  • Fyers, K., & Greenwood, S. (2016). Cultural safety: developing self-awareness through reflective practice. Nursing Review, 16(2), pp.28-29.
  • Fyers, K. & Greenwood, S. (2016). Cultural safety and relational practice: Ways of being with ourselves and others. Nursing Review, 16(4), pp.29-30.
  • Fyers, K. & Greenwood, S. (2016). Cultural safety: becoming a reflexive practitioner. Nursing Review, 16 (5), 27-28.
  • Fyers, K. & Graham-Smith, H. (2013). Primary Health Care Nurses as agents of influence and change. Presentation to the International Council of Nurses 25th Quadrennial Congress, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fyers, K. & Greenwood, S. (2013). Pedagogical approaches to fostering reflexivity in cultural safety education. Poster presentation to Australasian Nurse Educators Conference.  Wellington, New Zealand.

What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

Nursing is at the forefront of addressing social injustice and inequity through the unique lens the profession brings to research and practice. I enjoy working alongside student colleagues in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to develop and lead change in practice to improve health outcomes. I am particularly interested in how curriculum and pedagogical practice influences nursing practice. I have diverse teaching and student supervision roles across the undergraduate, postgraduate and Master of Nursing programmes, and coordinate two postgraduate modules: Advanced Practice in Long Term Conditions, Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice plus the Level 7 Short Course in Cervical Screening.

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Tell us about your experience in the industry

I have been in full and part-time work as a Practice Nurse, District Nurse, Community Ear Nurse and Primary Health Care Nurse Liaison/Clinical Educator before joining Wintec in 2009. 

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

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