Researcher profile for Deborah Cracknell
Deborah trained as a mental health nurse in England during the 90s and came to NZ in 2003. Her background is in clinical mental health nursing, working across a variety of settings from primary care, acute, community and forensic. Her last clinical position was working as a Nurse Therapist for a Child and Family Mental Health Team in Dunedin. Deborah started at OP early 2017 and she enjoyed supporting second and third year nursing students on their clinical mental health placements. This year Deborah is also coordinating the Mental Health and Addictions paper for Enrolled Nurses and she is looking forward to the new challenges. Last year she finished her Masters (Clinical Nursing) degree and this involved a research project with newly graduated nurses working in the mental health sector. She also completed a Post Grad Certificate in Higher Education. Her professional interests include solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health promotion and working with children and youth.