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Dr Catherine Cook

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

I am currently a senior lecturer in the College of Health, School of Nursing. I am involved in several research teams, supervise research and teach both postgraduate and undergraduate students. My teaching areas include health law and ethics; clinical teaching; research; leadership; older people’s health and the supervision of research and practicum projects. I am particularly interested in critical approaches to analysing communication in healthcare and the extent to which every day, tacit assumptions by health professionals enhance or impede their relationships with service users. This interest includes how diverse, culturally shaped ethical assumptions drive differing viewpoints about optimal care. As part of my interest in communication in healthcare, I developed two highly successful short courses offered through Professional and Continuing Education: Supervision for health practitioners and Leadership through reflective practice, which I offer each year.

Prior to my academic role, I had an extensive history of clinical practice in nursing, midwifery and as a counsellor with a sexual health speciality. In the latter I used a narrative therapy approach, which explores the discourses underpinning everyday assumptions and the power relations of discursive positioning. I had 12 years’ experience as a counsellor (1998-2010) at The University of Auckland, working with students experiencing acute and long term mental and physical health disruptions, trauma and sexual health concerns. This diverse clinical experience means I have wide-reaching networks amongst practitioners who seek me out as a conference speaker, and as a professional supervisor.

The central questions driving my research: (1) how do health professionals optimise healthcare, quality of life and wellbeing for potentially vulnerable and marginalised populations, balancing both a duty of care and upholding rights? (2) How does cultural diversity in teams shape ethical assumptions and communication about healthcare, quality of life and wellbeing for potentially vulnerable and marginalised populations? My aim is to develop practice applications to enhance a critical approach to care delivery. These applications focus on effective communication between healthcare providers, service users and whanau about sexuality and sexual health, particularly where stigma affects care delivery and care seeking-behaviours. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 09 414 0800 ext 43355
    Location: QA3.53, Quad A
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Nursing - Auckland Institute of Technology (1979)
  • Diploma of Midwifery - Auckland University of Technology (1993)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nursing) - Auckland University of Technology (1999)
  • Master of Counselling - University of Waikato (2004)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education - The University of Auckland (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am currently a co-researcher on a Marsden funded project, ‘What counts as consent? Sexuality and ethical deliberation in residential aged care.’ Our research team was awarded $845,000 over three years for the project, which formally commenced on 1 March 2018. The aim of this project is to interrogate the notion of consent in the domain of sexuality and intimacy in residential aged care (RAC). The project addresses the questions: What kinds of ethical decisions are being made about expressions of sexuality in RAC? How do staff, family members and residents rationalise those decisions? This two-arm mixed methods project will survey RAC staff to assess knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about ageing and sexuality. Interviews with residents, family and staff will explore the experiences of these groups.  Findings will contribute to debates shaping ethics and ageing, and discourses on consent and wellbeing. Our team has already conducted two pilot studies on this topic, which have resulted in me contributing to publications, conference engagements, media interviews, educational sessions, and hosting a symposium with an international expert.

My doctoral research used a poststructuralist, feminist discourse analytic approach to explore sexual health clinicians' teaching and women's learning about the two most common viral sexually transmitted infections; herpes simplex virus and human papilloma virus.

Findings shaped my subsequent research interest in women's and clinicians' accounts of gynaecological examinations. The research examined teaching and learning from the perspectives of clinicians, as well as exploring women's experiences. I completed MURF-funded qualitative study in relation to this topic, which was significant given the numbers of women in New Zealand who avoid/delay the following clinical situations: sexual health screening, investigations of gynaecological symptoms and colposocopy after abnormal cervical smears.

 I completed a second MURF funded qualitative study into delayed diagnosis of endometrial cancer. The focus of the study was to interview women with a diagnosis of endometrial cancer, subsequent to treatment and hospital discharge, about the journey prior to referral to specialist services to find out what accounts for the delays between first symptoms and referral for specialist treatment.

I was a co-researcher for a study that has received $19,000 external funding from the Nursing Education Research Fund. The lead researcher was Assoc. Prof Margaret Brunton, in the School of Communication. The study was entitled: Improving RNs’ cross-cultural communication in culturally diverse team or work settings the New Zealand health sector. The study explored the role of cultural competence in facilitating acculturation and practice of overseas-trained Registered Nurses into public health organisations in NZ. This study sought to understand individual perceptions of the staff interface between ethnic cultures in the public health sector - what helps and what hinders.

 

 

 

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000):
Health Counselling (111710): Health Promotion (111712): Maori Health (111713): Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209):
Mental Health (111714): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Hunter, K., & Cook, C. (2018). Role-modelling and the hidden curriculum: New graduate nurses' professional socialisation.. J Clin Nurs.
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Brunton, M., & Cook, C. (2018). Dis/Integrating cultural difference in practice and communication: A qualitative study of host and migrant Registered Nurse perspectives from New Zealand. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 83, 18-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Wilson, C., & Cook, C. (2018). Ambiguous loss and post-traumatic growth: Experiences of mothers whose school-aged children were born extremely prematurely. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27(7-8), e1627-e1639
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, C., Brunton, M., Pukepuke, T., & Tan, AL. (2018). Exploring communication during the journey from noticing bodily changes to a diagnosis of endometrial cancer. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27(5-6), 1262-1275
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Brunton, M., & Cook, C. (2017). Communication in the clinic: Negotiating nursing practice in sexual health clinics. International Journal of Healthcare Management. , 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Burrow, MS., Cook, C., & Gilmour, J. (2017). Life in the round and aged care: A theoretical exemplar for research with marginalized populations in institutional settings. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 33(3), 21-30
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, C., & Brunton, M. (2018). The importance of moral emotions for effective collaboration in culturally diverse healthcare teams. Nursing Inquiry. 25(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, C., Schouten, V., Henrickson, M., & McDonald, S. (2017). Ethics, intimacy and sexuality in aged care. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73(12), 3017-3027
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C., Henrickson, M., Schouten, V.
Burrow, MS., Gilmour, J., & Cook, C. (2017). Healthcare assistants and aged residential care: A challenging policy and contractual environment. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 33(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Burrow, M., Cook, C.
Munson, S., & Cook, C. (2016). Lesbian and bisexual women's sexual healthcare experiences. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 25(23-24), 3497-3510
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Neville, S., Adams, J., & Cook, C. (2016). Using internet-based approaches to collect qualitative data from vulnerable groups: reflections from the field. Contemporary Nurse. 52(6), 657-668
[Journal article]Authored by: Adams, J., Cook, C.
Sommer, CM., & Cook, CM. (2015). Disrupted bonds – parental perceptions of regionalised transfer of very preterm infants: A small-scale study. Contemporary Nurse. 50(2-3), 256-266
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Morison, T., & Cook, CM. (2015). Midlife safer sex challenges for heterosexual new zealand women re-partnering or in casual relationships. Journal of Primary Health Care. 7(2), 137-144
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, C., & Brunton, M. (2015). Pastoral power and gynaecological examinations: A Foucauldian critique of clinician accounts of patient-centred consent. Sociology of Health and Illness. 37(4), 545-560
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, C., Clark, T., & Brunton, M. (2015). Optimising cultural safety and comfort during gynaecological examinations: Accounts of indigenous Māori women. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand Inc. 30(3), 19-34 Retrieved from http://www.nursingpraxis.org/303-optimising-cultural-safety-and-comfort-during-gynaecological-examinations-accounts-of-indigenous-m257ori-women.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, C., & Brunton, M. (2014). The influence of the Cartwright report on gynaecological examinations and nurses' communication.. Nursing praxis in New Zealand inc. 30(2), 28-38
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, C. (2014). The sexual health consultation as a moral occasion. Nursing Inquiry. 21(1), 11-19
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Carter, S., Blumenstein, M., & Cook, C. (2013). Different for women? The challenges of doctoral studies. Teaching in Higher Education. 18(4), 339-351
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, C. (2013). Diagnostic classification, viral sexually transmitted infections and discourses of femininity: Limits of normalisation to erase stigma. Nursing Inquiry. 20(2), 145-155
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, C. (2012). Email interviewing: Generating data with a vulnerable population. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 68(6), 1330-1339
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, C. (2012). 'Nice girls don't': Women and the condom conundrum. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 21(3-4), 535-543
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, C. (2011). 'About as comfortable as a stranger putting their finger up your nose': Speculation about the (extra)ordinary in gynaecological examinations. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 13(7), 767-780
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.

Conference

Cook, CM., Henrickson, M., & Schouten, V.(2017, September). Elder justice: Intimacy & sexuality in residential aged care – balancing rights and a duty of care. .
[Conference]Authored by: Cook, C., Henrickson, M., Schouten, V.
Cook, CM., Henrickson, M., & Schouten, V.(2017, September). What counts as consent? Sexuality and ethical deliberation in aged care. .
[Conference]Authored by: Cook, C., Henrickson, M., Schouten, V.
Cook, CM., Henrickson, M., & Schouten, V.(2016, October). Intimacy and sexuality in residential aged care: Ethical challenges and opportunities. .
[Conference]Authored by: Cook, C., Henrickson, M., Schouten, V.
Cook, CM., & Brunton, M.(2016, July). A pedagogical framework to address moral emotions in culturally diverse clinical teams. .
[Conference]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Jeffrey, LM., Brunton, MA., & Cook, CM.Managing a globalised nursing workforce to enhance collaborative decision-making and practice in healthcare organisations. . Breda, Netherlands
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, CM., & Brunton, MA. (2015, July). Moral emotions in culturally diverse organisations: Institutional ethnocentrism and a globalised nursing workforce. Presented at 21st International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, CM. (2015, July). Moral emotions in culturally diverse organisations: Institutional ethnocentrism and a globalised nursing workforce. Presented at 21st International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, CM. (2015, May). The legacy of the Cartwright Report: Māori women and gynaecological examinations. Presented at Women’s Health Section NZNO. Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.Edited by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Jones, E., Southwood, MH., & Cook, C. (2015, November). Factors contributing to paediatric tube feeding dependence in New Zealand: The speech-language therapy perspective. Presented at American Speech and Language Convention. Colorado, United States of America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, CM., Clark, TC., & Brunton, MA. (2014, September). Optimising cultural safety and comfort during gynaecological examinations: New Zealand accounts from indigenous Māori women. Presented at 12th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. Amsterdam, Holland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, CM. (2014, July). Gendered hurdles to timely doctoral completion: What women need to know about common obstacles to progress. Presented at Association for Women in the Sciences Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, CM., Clark, TC., & Brunton, MA. (2014, September). Optimising cultural safety and comfort during gynaecological examinations: New Zealand accounts from indigenous Māori women. Presented at 12th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. Amsterdam.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, C., Clark, T, ., & Brunton, MA. (2014). Optimising cultural safety and comfort during gynaecological examinations: New Zealand accounts from indigenous Māori women. , International Conference on Communication in Healthcare
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Brunton, M., Cook, C.
Cook, CATHERINE., & Cook, CM. (2013, October). Beyond navel-gazing and surveillance: The winds of change in professional supervision to advance clinical education. Presented at Australasian Nurse Educators’ Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.
Adams, JB., Neville, S., & Cook, . (2013, September). Using the Internet to collect qualitative evidence from vulnerable populations. Presented at Australasian Evaluation Conference, 4-6 September,. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Adams, J., Cook, C.
Adams, J., Neville, S., & Cook, C. (2013, October). Using the internet to gather qualitative data for vulnerable populations. Presented at 19th Qualitative Health Research Conference: Navigating the Diversity of Qualitative Research. Halifax, NS, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Adams, J., Cook, C.
Adams, JB., Neville, S, ., & Cook, C, . (2013, October). Using the Internet to gather cedible qualitative data from vulnerable populations. Presented at 19th Qualitative Health Research Conference. Halifax, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Adams, J., Cook, C.
Adams, J., Neville, S., & Cook, C. (2013). Using the Internet to Gather Credible Qualitative Data from Vulnerable Populations. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS. Vol. 12 (pp. 742 - 743).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Adams, J., Cook, C.
Cook, CM. (2011, March). 'About as comfortable as a stranger putting their finger up your nose': Speculation about the (extra)ordinary in gynaecological examinations. Presented at 9th Annual Conference of the Women's Health Section: Hot & Savvy. Blenheim, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, CM. (2011, October). Nice girls don't: Women and the condom conundrum. Presented at New Zealand Sexual Health Scientific Meeting. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.
Cook, CM. (2007, November). Innovative data generation using email correspondence to interview health professionals and women living with viral sexually transmitted infections (STIs): The ‘virtual voice’ in the production of knowledge(s) and experience.. Presented at New Zealand Nurses Organisation Nursing Research Section Conference: Showcase 2007. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cook, C.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • ongoing - Individual and group supervision
    I supervise a small number of counsellors and health professionals. This clinical supervision provides a reflexive opportunity for practitioners with the goal of enhancing the delivery of care and clinicians' wellbeing.
  • 1997 to present - Viral STI Education Foundation
    Contribute to annual Professional Advisory Board guidelines updates. Most recently this role included promoting, educating and advising people about the new HPV vaccine, Gardasil Psycho-educational sessions for professional and public audiences Email nurse-counsellor providing educational material, advice and support.
  • from mid-2011 - Mindfulness based stress reduction programmes
    I am accredited to provide Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programmes. available to offer this programme to clinicians and people living with ongoing health issues.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 0 1

Courses Coordinated

  • 168.266 Professional Nursing Practice
  • 168.717 Applied Ethics for Professional Practice
  • 168.861 Clinical Project for Nurses

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Marla Burrow - Doctor of Philosophy
    Health care assistant decision making and information behaviour in long term care settings.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Alesana Pala'Amo - Doctor of Philosophy
    Fetu'utu'una'i le va Navigating relational space: An exploration of traditional and contemporary pastoral counselling practices for Samoans

Media and Links

Media

  • 28 Feb 2018 - Magazine
    Workforce carries load of cultural misunderstandin
    Publication in Kai Tiaki Nursing, New Zealand Vol 24, Issue 1, pp. 24-25. An interview with one of the editors was published, which overviewed the findings from our recent research project investigat

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