Centre of Learning: Health and Social Services
School: School of Health
ORCID ID Number: 0000-0001-9000-4838
Research Speciality: Research teams/co-author: Co-Existing Problems - implementing competencies into curricula; Multi-Disciplinary teaching approaches within the School of Health; Teaching approaches for Applied Bio-Nursing for Pacific students in Bachelor of Nursing Pacific programme.
Loma-Linda is of Samoan descent, born and raised in Wellington, Petone and Porirua. Loma-Linda attended local Porirua schools including Whitireia (then known as Parumoana Community College) to complete the Bridging to Health Studies Certificate, followed by the Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, and latterly upgraded to a Degree in Nursing when this was implemented nationwide in 1996.
Loma-Linda began her research journey when studying at Victoria University of Wellington and working for The Quit Group (TQG), an NGO that provided services such as The National Quitline/Smoking Cessation advice and support. As the Pacific Advisor to The Quit Group, Loma-Linda worked alongside the TQG research team, undertaking research field work and supporting the research design and methodology to better engage Pacific communities. Loma-Linda developed the Pacific Strategy for The Quit Group and collaborated with national Pacific Smokefree/cessation providers to develop the National Pacific Peoples Tobacco Control Action Plan, launched in 2005.
Loma-Linda has advocated and presented at local, national and international conferences to address the needs of Pacific peoples’ in relation to smoking and the impact on health. On returning to nursing as a nurse lecturer at Whitireia in 2009, Loma-Linda continued to support research and development in the Smokefree sector as the Pacific Lead for Smokefree Nurses of Aotearoa/NZ; a voluntary role. This included facilitating workshops with Pacific nurse leaders in New Zealand to develop a Smokefree Nurses of Aotearoa/NZ Pacific Strategy and training health professionals in the Pacific region adapting Pacific concepts to international and national models of brief intervention (smoking cessation).
Loma-Linda teaches full-time in the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific (BNP) programme and current research interests are teaching and learning for Pacific students in tertiary education, mentoring programmes for BNP students, as well as the role and use of language (indigenous) and literacy competency.
2015: Certificate of Proficiency in Special Topic: Pacific Epistemologies - Victoria University of Wellington
2014: Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science –Victoria University of Wellington
2008: Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing – Victoria University of Wellington
2006: Certificate in Pacific Leadership– University of Canterbury in partnership with MoH/Aniva Leadership Programme
1996: Bachelor of Nursing – Whitireia Community Polytechnic
1992: Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing – Whitireia Community Polytechnic
2009 – current: Senior Nurse Lecturer, Whitireia New Zealand
2005 – 2006: Nurse Lecturer, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, New Zealand
2006 – 2009: Staff Nurse/Duty Manager, Habourview Rest Home, BUPA, New Zealand
2002 – 2009 :Pacific Services Advisor, The Quit Group, New Zealand
2002: Acting Quitline Manager, The Quit Group, New Zealand
2000 – 2002: Quitline Team Leader, The Quit Group, New Zealand
1997 – 1999: Staff Nurse/ Duty Manager, Wesley Ewartt Hospital, Wesley Wellington Mission, New Zealand
Pacific peoples Tobacco Control Action Plan, 2005: http://users.actrix.co.nz/sfc/TCU010.html
2014: Delivering smoking cessation brief intervention in Tonga, to health professionals. Invitation by the Tongan Ministry of Health Tobacco Control team.