RN, BN, MA (Applied) Nursing, Dip. Adult Teaching/Learning

Kerri has worked at Whitireia since 2000 in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education and research. This has built on, and been influenced by, over twenty years of clinical nursing practice. Research interests include primary and community health, nurse education, cultural safety and nursing history. Current projects focus on cultural safety, the learning needs of internationally qualified nurses and the impact of postgraduate education on nurses careers. Kerri is the editor of the Whitireia Nursing & Health Journal.

Academic Leader, School of Health

Academic qualifications

2004, MA (Applied) Nursing, Victoria University of Wellington

2007, Diploma in Adult Teaching & Learning, Whitireia Community Polytechnic

1999, Bachelor of Nursing, Whitireia School of Nursing and Health Studies

1980, Diploma in Nursing (Registered Comprehensive Nurse), Wellington Polytechnic

Professional positions held

2014-Present, Academic Leader, School of Health, Whitireia Community Polytechnic

2000-2014, various roles: Lecturer / Programme Manager / Programme Coordinator across postgraduate nursing studies & Bachelor of Nursing, Whitireia Community Polytechnic

1980-2000, various clinical nursing roles: staff nurse medical/surgical; Charge Nurse Community Health Services, Staff Nurse Public Health Nursing, Practice Nursing, District Nursing.

Present research/professional speciality

Education, cultural safety, primary & community health, nursing history.

Professional distinctions and memberships

Current: New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO)

Member, New Zealand College of Primary Health Care Nurses

Member, Nurse Education in the Tertiary Sector (NETS),

Executive Committee NZRN (Current annual practising certificate)

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Co-ordinating Editor: Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal, 2006-current

Arcus, K., Gunn, L., Nelson, K. & McKinlay, E. (2016). Public Health Nursing in a Non-Traditional Environment, Kerri Arcus, Lucy Gunn, Katherine Nelson & Eileen McKinlay Whitireia Nursing and Health Journal, 23, 45-54.

Wood, P. & Arcus, K. (2012). ‘Sunless lives’: District nurses’ and journalists’ co-construction of the ‘sick poor’ as a vulnerable population in early twentieth-century New Zealand. Contemporary Nursing Journal, 42(2).

Doutrich, D., Arcus, K., Dekker, L., Spuck, J., & Pollock-Robinson, C. (2012). Cultural safety in New Zealand and the United States: Looking at a way forward together. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 23(2), 134-142.

McKinley, E., Mackie, S., Arcus, K., & Nelson, K. (2012). Work and wellness hand-in-hand: The role of the New Zealand PATHS program nurse in improving health and employment outcomes. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37(4), 185-194.

Nelson, K.M., Christensen, S., Aspros, B., McKinlay, E., & Arcus, K. (2011). Adding value to stretched communities through nursing actions: The Wellington South Nursing Initiative. Contemporary Nurse, 40(1) 74-90.

Woods, P. & Arcus, K. (2011). Poverty, philanthropy and professionalism: The establishment of a district nursing service in Wellington, 1903. Health & History, 13(1), 44-46.

Conference proceedings

Arcus, K. (2017). Building faculty research capability: a strategic approach. Proceedings of the 2016 National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference.


Holloway, K., Wineera-Parai, R., Noble, V., Arcus, K. & Orsborn, G. (2015). Training needs analysis for primary health care registered nurses within Porirua Territorial Local Authority to meet key outcomes of the Porirua Social Sector Trial Action Plan, Tumai Hauora ki Porirua. Unpublished report, Whitireia.

MacGibbon, L., & Arcus, K. (2012). Evaluation of the Professional Nursing Praxis paper in the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing. Wellington, New Zealand: Capital and Coast DHB.

Orsborn, G. & Arcus. K. (2006). Bachelor of Nursing best practice health promotion curriculum project report.Porirua: Whitireia Nursing Research and Development Centre.

Arcus, K., Fagaloa T., Mitaera J. Orsborn, G., Pool L., Rose, A., Timu-Parata C., & Wilson D. (2005). Pacific Peoples' experiences of living with chronic conditions. Unpublished research report for the National Health Committee, October 2005.

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