Rachel McGillan

Northland

I grew up in the Far North of NZ in a small town where power cuts happened most days, the internet is still super dodgy and the nearest supermarket/bank/movies/and some shops were all mins away! I am a solo Mum to a super busy little boy who provides endless entertainment. We love bike riding, roller skating, picnics, kayaking and beaches.  Quirky facts: I like odd numbers not even;  if I was to be an animal, I think I’d be an eagle so I could soar majestically; and one of my non-family heroes would be Mother Teresa.

My career history has involved working in Hamilton in paeds for many years, during which I completed my Masters of Nursing in child & youth health. Now-a-days, I provide some relief clinical teaching and academic support to Northtec though my primary work is as a Youth Health Nurse Specialist and Clinical Lead for Whangarei Youth Space working both in our hub and in school clinics.  I love the fact every day with each young person is so different and the ability to partner alongside young people through their journeys is something I am incredibly passionate about.