Nurse Practitioner leads the Network

Date published
18 Mar 2015

Geraldine-Temuka-based nurse practitioner Sharon Hansen is the new interim chairperson of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network.

Sharon is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner and previously the Network’s deputy. She takes over the role from Opotiki GP Dr Jo Scott-Jones who chaired the organisation for the previous four years. Sharon’s area of practice is primary health care specialising in rural health. She initially qualified as a psychopaedic nurse in 1978 and then in general obstetrics in 1984 before completing her bachelor of nursing in 1997 and masters of nursing in 2005, and registered as nurse practitioner in 2007. She was initially involved with the Network board in 1997 and became a regional representative in 2007.

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