CORE's Team

Karen Betony

Learning and Development Advisor


MSc (Nursing)
PgDip (Health Professional Education)

Contact details


P: (03) 379 6627

M: 021 809 867

Region: Canterbury

Karen Betony

Professional profile

Karen started with CORE Education in November 2015, joining the Central Services team and initially focusing on developing robust strategies and processes to ensure CORE maintains its current reputation as an excellent employer.

Karen worked as a Registered Nurse in the UK, mostly as a district nurse caring for people in their own homes rather than hospital. As a team leader Karen had a high level of commitment to supporting her team’s development and realised her strengths lay in supporting colleagues to provide high quality care.

In 2003, Karen became a nursing lecturer at the University of Bradford, UK, responsible for the planning and delivery of undergraduate courses covering community-based nursing, but also supported the teams delivering courses on cultural awareness and post graduate level palliative care. While in this role, Karen undertook a PgDip on the theory and practice of adult teaching and learning, before completing her Master of Science degree, with a dissertation looking at issues affecting learners in the workplace.

In 2007, Karen and her family moved to New Zealand and she commenced a role firmly embedded in workplace learning and development with a local community nursing care provider. In this role, Karen contributed to the organisations workforce strategy development, implemented a variety of learning and development programmes and initiatives and mentored staff through individual professional development activities.

Karen worked closely with the local District Health Board, representing her organisation on several local and national workforce development groups, including a regional e-Learning strategy, the New Graduate nurse recruitment process and the Professional Development Recognition Programme for nurses.

Karen’s interest in workplace learning for student nurses continued and she was instrumental in implementing a model for placement learning, modifying it to meet the very specific needs of her organisation.

Karen has undertaken research projects including looking at increasing accessibility of good quality, reliable information for nurses in the workplace and the impact of increased nursing care delivery in community settings on clinical placement provision for undergraduate nurses. She has presented at several conferences in New Zealand.


  • Strategic planning to ensure an adequately trained workforce in sufficient numbers to meet service need
  • Coordination and development of a variety of workplace learning methods
  • Project management 
  • Policy and process development 
  • Technical communication
  • Face-to-face teaching and facilitation
  • e-Learning and LMS management 
  • Networking
  • Mentorship
  • Research

Professional memberships

  • Technical Communicators Association New Zealand

Conference presentations

  • Presentation: Establishing a Dedicated Education Unit to facilitate Clinical learning for student nurses, Australasian Nurse Educator Conference 2009
  • Poster presentation: Nurses Utilisation of evidence to Inform Practice project, Australasian Nurse Educator Conference 2011 
  • Presentation: Documenting Care in an Electronic Record, South Island Nursing Information Technology Symposium 2013 
  • Attended: Health Informatics NZ Conference 2013


  • Betony, K. & Yarwood, J. (2010) "Adapting the dedicated education unit model for student learning in the community" Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
  • Betony, K. (2011) "Clinical practice placements in the community: a survey to determine if they reflect the shift in healthcare delivery from secondary to primary care settings" Nurse Education Today
  • Co-writer (2011) "Chapter 6: Health and wellness" Fundamentals of Nursing, Fourth Edition
  • Betony, K., Hendry, C., Seaton, P. & Yarwood, J. (2012) Student nurses exposure to Primary Health Care nursing: Issues and innovations. AKO Aotearoa
  • Betony, K. & Yarwood, J. (2013) "What exposure do student nurses have to primary health care and community nursing during the New Zealand undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing programme?" Nurse Education Today

Personal statement

I consider myself to be a Yorkshire Kiwi, proud of my English background but in love with my life here in New Zealand. I enjoy gardening, walking my dog on the beach, family time and watching football - the round ball kind!!

Mottos I live by:

  • Live and let live
  • Don’t let waiting for perfection get in the way of progress 
  • Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself (George Bernard Shaw)