Nurses Leave On A High Note

24 July 2015

Nurses Leave On A High Note

A cohort of 36 newly-qualified nurses was formally farewelled from NorthTec after completing their studies.

The graduates, who completed their three-year Bachelor of Nursing qualifications in June, are now heading off to the workforce. After finishing their degrees, the group all sat their Nursing Council State Final Examinations this week, to qualify as Registered Nurses.

At the whakawātea ceremony attended by whānau and friends, the graduates were congratulated on their long and sometimes challenging journey towards gaining their degree.

NorthTec kaumatua, Hohepa Rudolph, thanked the families for their support in helping to produce the future nursing workforce.

Nursing tutor Zoe Williamson said it had been a great privilege to support the group through their studies, and a pleasure to get to know them all as individuals. Wishing them well in their future endeavours, she said she would be happy for any of the new graduates to nurse her.

Each graduate was presented with a NorthTec medal and flowers from both NorthTec and the New Zealand Nursing Organisation (NZNO) Tai Tokerau Regional Council. Each paid tribute to those who had supported them; their parents, whānau, tutors and fellow students.

A special presentation was made to former NorthTec nursing student, Olivia Nutley, by Melinda Jordan from the NZNO. She presented a taonga to Olivia, who graduated in 2014, in recognition of her commitment to her colleagues and fellow nurses when she was a NZNO student representative.

The group will formally receive their Bachelor of Nursing qualifications from NorthTec at next year’s graduation ceremony, to be held in March.

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