Catherine was also instrumental in suggesting The Dissector journal topics and authors needed to be indexed, as this had not been done since its inception in 1974.
During her time she was instrumental in facilitating the process of having all of The Dissector issues from 1974 to 2006 indexed, developed a process to encourage publication for incentive and supported the contract process to facilitate The Dissector being acknowledged by international nursing databases to ensure the journal reached a greater nursing audience (Fraser, 2012).
In 2011, the journal's international reputation was recognised by Gale, part of Cengage Learning of Belmont, California, USA, which signed a licensing agreement with the Perioperative Nurses College to make The Dissector available via the Gale databases: Academic Onefile and Expanded Academic Index.
A year later (March 2012), EBSCO Publishing of Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA signed a three year licensing agreement with the Perioperative Nurses College to make The Dissector available via the CINAHL Complete on-line database.
As Chief Editor of The Dissector, Kathryn served for an unbroken period of seven years and was responsible for overseeing the publication of 25 editions of the journal, the most for which any editor has been responsible.
The original contract also called for Advantage Publishing to donate $1000 a year toward "specific activities associated with the Quality Accreditation System for Perioperative Nurses in New Zealand (or such other name as the PNA accreditation procedure is given)" Today this takes the form of two $500 MEDSPEC Awards, one for Best Poster at the annual conference, the other for Best Article from a Novice Writer published in The Dissector.
In the early years, Wellington members hand wrote the address labels for every edition of the journal, and this was still the case in 1985 when in the September edition Ann Turner wrote an article headlined The Dissector Distributed.
This was published in two parts and entitled: 'The Dissector Dissected or The Making of a magazine (Berrett, 1984a; Berrett, 1984b)." The articles make for fascinating reading and completely outline the immense amount of team work that goes into the production of our journal.
The Dissector continues to be sent to every single member of the Perioperative Nurses College, medical representatives, hospital's both public and private.