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Sue Adams RN, BSc (Hons), MSc, HV, PGCert

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

My nursing career commenced in the 1980s in London, UK, and since then I have held a number of clinical and leadership positions in diverse areas of practice. In each of these positions, my focus has been on improving service delivery to meet the health needs of the population served. Leadership, change management and the facilitation of teams have been core to my professional work for the last three decades. Primary health care service development, including workforce development have been the focus of my work in New Zealand since arriving here in 2005, in PHOs, primary health care providers, and at Waitemata DHB.

I am a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing, Albany. I teach evidence-based practice and long term conditions at postgraduate level, and supervise post graduate students undertaking their prescribing practicum. My doctoral research, using institutional ethnography, is investigating the implementation of nurse practitioner (NP) services in rural primary health care. NPs provide a sound workforce solution to meeting health needs in rural, deprived and indigenous populations, and this research intends to provide recommendations to increase such services in New Zealand. Developing nurses from undergrad to NP in community and primary health care settings is a key interest.

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Contact details

  • Location: 3.20, Quad A
    Campus: Albany


  • Registered Nurse - St George's Hospital, London (1984)
  • Bachelor of Science - King's College, University of London (1984)
  • Masters of Science in Nursing - King's College, University of London (1988)
  • Post graduate certificate in Health Visiting - Oxford Brookes University (1991)
  • Post graduate certificate in health - Auckland University (2005)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Nurse practitioner development in rural primary health care

Primary health care, service & workforce development

Insitutional ethnography


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Community Child Health (111704): Health and Community Services (111708): Health Promotion (111712): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Nursing (111000): Primary Health Care (111717): Public Health and Health Services (111700)


Primary health care nursing - workforce and career development

Service development in primary health care

Facilitation of teams & change management

Research Outputs


Adams, S., & Carryer, J. (2017). Institutional ethnography: Nurse practitioners in rural primary health care in New Zealand.. SAGE Research Methods Cases Education (online collection).
[Journal article]Authored by: Adams, S., Carryer, J.
Carryer, J., & Adams, S. (2017). Nurse practitioners as a solution to transformative and sustainable health services in primary health care: A qualitative exploratory study. Collegian. 24(6), 525-531
[Journal article]Authored by: Adams, S., Carryer, J.
Adams, S., Carryer, J., & Wilkinson, J. (2015). Institutional ethnography: An emerging approach for health and nursing research. Nursing praxis in New Zealand inc. 31(1), 18-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Adams, S., Carryer, J.


Adams, S., Carryer, J., & Wilkinson, J.(2016, October). Establishing nurse practitioners (NPs) in rural health in New Zealand: An institutional ethnography. .
[Conference]Authored by: Adams, S., Carryer, J.
Adams, S., & Carryer, J.(2013, November). Nurse to nurse practitioner (NP): Institutional ethnography as an emerging approach to sociological inquiry for the NZ health context. . (pp. 3 - 3).
[Conference]Authored by: Adams, S., Carryer, J.

Supervision and Teaching


My teaching includes the newly launched Evidence-based Practice paper (168.713) for students on their clinical MN pathway, and the Long Term Conditions paper 168.703. Additionally, I supervise students who are undertaking practicums and research reports as part of their masters programme.

Media and Links


  • 07 Dec 2012 - Magazine
    Te Puawai
    NP-led primary health care in Ontario: A model for NZ. Report of short-leave visit to Ontario, Canada explore education of nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner led rural primary health care serv

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