Jean is Professor of Nursing, originally from Wales, UK. Jean has more than 30 years’ experience of working with the rural nursing workforce in New Zealand. The cumulation of her work associated with rural nursing, includes activism, research, and education. Education includes undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral engagement. Jean’s initial work with rural nurses commenced in Wales and continued with the establishment of the Centre for Rural Health in New Zealand of which she was co-director. Jean is also an advocate for sustainable rural community development and nurse education. Jean’s focus is research directive which both informs and directs her practice.