Mrs Cheryl MacDonald, MNZM, of Feilding, for services to oncological nursing
Cheryl MacDonald is Clinical Nurse Specialist Breast Care for MidCentral Health.
She established a multi-disciplinary weekly meeting at Palmerston North Hospital to discuss treatment options for breast cancer patients.
She initiated a referral pathway for those with a high suspicion of breast cancer and established a space in the surgical clinics for patients to receive their diagnosis.
She developed a booklet with the Breast Cancer Foundation, ‘Thriving After Breast Cancer – The Years Ahead’, available to every patient in New Zealand.
Mrs MacDonald has been on the Ministry of Health working party for the National Breast Cancer Standards and was involved with the New Zealand Breast Cancer Guideline Development Group.