Monina is a nurse specialist for infection control, educator, researcher, author, PhD candidate and hardworking mum. She is an advocate for patients, health workers, migrants and students. She lives in Albany, in the East Coast Bays electorate, with her children.
Her nursing career spans more than 28 years in two countries. She is a lecturer at Massey University where she leads teaching teams across three campuses. She obtained her Master’s degree with honours from the University of Auckland. She is working towards her PhD, with research focused on patients’ and nurses’ safety and wellbeing.Read more
Monina is a global nurse leader, the author of numerous publications who has made scientific presentations around the world. She serves on the board of the Nursing Council – the regulatory authority responsible for registration of nurses in New Zealand. She is an elected leader of Sigma International Honour Society of Nursing – a global organisation of nurse leaders with more than 135,000 members in 90 countries.
Monina organised and is president of the Filipino Nurses Association of New Zealand, Inc. She is a recent past elected director of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, which represents more than 51,000 health workers in New Zealand.
Her work ethic is driven by the values of determination, compassion, integrity, fairness, respect and excellence.
Her policy interests lie in health, education, environment, immigration and ethnic affairs.
Monina is passionate about patient safety, evidence-based practice, improved health for all, inclusion and social justice – she gets things done.