Graduate profile

Marie Lyne Bournival

Marie-Lyne Bournival

Master of Nursing

Nurse Practitioner I HeiHei Health Centre, Christchurch


After 29 years of nursing in primary and secondary care, Marie-Lyne Bournival knew she was capable of achieving much more. So she completed her Master of Nursing at Massey University in 2015. That led her to her role as a nurse practitioner (NP) intern at Wigram Health, an integrated family health centre in Christchurch, serving 10,000 patients. In 2016, she obtained her NP registration. Today while she works as a nurse practitioner, establishing her own patient base, she also leads a team of 20 as the General Manager. 

Well supported by her family and workplace, Marie-Lyne is reaping the rewards of her 3-year academic journey, characterised by her unique story of commitment, compassion and caring. 

"The MN is critical to advance your career. I chose Massey because of its extensive choice of papers and the support I got from the word go! All my lecturers were amazingly engaged, wanting us to succeed. I was able to study by distance and on 3 campuses. To achieve a balanced life working four days a week and running a house with three teenagers, I focused on one paper at a time. I didn’t look at the big picture but rather I kept my eyes on the ball.  Massey is without a doubt ahead of the game - academic and clinical expertise, library and IT support, supportive lecturers so you achieve at the top of your ability. As an example, thanks to Massey’s strong involvement with other important players, I was the first nurse to submit my NP portfolio electronically to the NZNC. Being the Number One nursing school for research in New Zealand also meant my lecturers were at the forefront of research, teaching and leadership.  I also met fantastic nurses from all over the country who are now lifelong friends.”  

Since obtaining NP registration, Marie-Lyne has been enjoying an increasingly strategic role within the health centre, balanced with her clinical role. It all adds up to achieving her full potential.   

“As an NP, I work collaboratively with medical, administrative and nursing teams to deliver the best care for our patients. We’ve established a unique model of care including daily huddles, rooming patients, advanced and independent nurse clinics, triage and treatment of acute presentations. It has been clearly recognised that the nursing team is crucial to high quality care and a thriving business. 

“As a result, we have now two nurses on the NP pathway; one of them is funded by Wigram Health. Both nurses chose to attend Massey University. We have also established a junior nurse role where a new graduate can gently and safely learn practice nursing. These are all part of strategies to implement a career pathway for primary health care nurses whether it’s clinical (nurse prescriber, nurse practitioner) or management (policy and procedures, business ventures).  All this is thanks to my MN which allowed me to consolidate new knowledge, both clinical and leadership. 

“Without a doubt, Massey was the best decision for my career and for improving the outcomes of our patients. It’s my mission to make primary healthcare nursing a career pathway.”


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