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Lorna Davies


Lorna Adrianne Davies.  RN, MA, BA(Hons), DTLT, PG CERT OT (UK), PG CERT IP&C (NZ)

Originally born in England of Polish descent, Lorna emigrated with her husband in 2003 to NZ.

Having qualified as an RN in London, she completed her PGCERT in Operating Theatre Nursing at Leeds General Infirmary before taking up a her long time ambition of a commission in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.

Lorna’s perioperative nursing career has  allowed her to gain and develop her knowledge in a wide range of surgical  specialities in the private, public and military health services, in the UK, Mediterranean and NZ.

In the late 1990s, having managed  a busy surgical obstetric and gynaecological theatre in North Yorkshire, she took a sideways step and took charge of  a large sterile service department.  In 2001 Lorna secured employment with NHS Estate ( Department of Health UK) as a Decontamination Consultant  auditing SSDs throughout the UK and writing decontamination guidelines related to Creutzfeldt Jackob Disease .

Since emigrating to New Zealand Lorna has worked in theatres at the Women’s Hospital Christchurch,  manged the day surgery unit at the Oxford Clinical, Christchurch, and was Nurse Educator for Mobile Health Services . 

Lorna is currently a Senior Academic Staff Member at Ara Institute of Canterbury , where she has worked for the past 11 years, teaching and developing courses  in  the Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma in Enrolled Nursing, and Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice programmes.

She lives with her husband Michael, their elderly cat and young dog in rural Canterbury.

Presentation Topic

Decontamination and Sterilisation

Lorna Davies & Rob McHawk

This presentation will highlight   the guidelines, standards, legislation and research from New Zealand, UK, USA and WHO, concerning the decontamination and sterilisation process of reusable medical devices in the clinical setting.  The role of the nurse as the end user and patient advocate of this process will be highlighted with recent examples from around the world where the decontamination and serialisation process has failed.

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