Tears and laughter at nursing farewell

21 July 2017

Tears and laughter at nursing farewell

Tears and laughter flowed at an emotional farewell ceremony held for NorthTec’s latest batch of nursing graduates.

It was a big week for the 45 graduates, who sat their Nursing Council State Final Examination the day before, to qualify as Registered Nurses after three hard years of study.

For one new nurse it was an even bigger week, as she was unable to attend the ceremony after going into labour. Her classmates were farewelled on NorthTec’s Te Puna o te Mātaraunga marae, in front of their families, friends and tutors.

It was a family affair for the Cuddy sisters, with two sisters graduating together while a third is preparing to start as a first year nursing student. Melanie, 29, and Honey, 22, were both delighted to finish their studies, and older sister Kim, 31, was there to celebrate with them before her studies get under way next week. Their mother, Patrina Cuddy, also graduated as a Registered Nurse five years ago from NorthTec.

The sisters, originally from the Hokianga but now living in Whangarei, are from a family of six children, and say their mutual interest in nursing is because they have all grown up with an interest in people. “I couldn’t imagine us having a job where we just sit at a computer all day,” said Melanie.

Also achieving their Bachelor of Nursing were two students from Kaitaia, who have both travelled not only the regular trip from the Far North to Whangarei, but also the journey of juggling family with intensive studying. Ani Skinner has five sons and will soon be having her sixth child, while Shantel Naera is a solo parent to a young son; both credit their families for supporting them through their degree.

Jane Anderson, NorthTec’s Nursing Programme Leader, said: “It is always sad to say goodbye to our hard-working nursing students, but it’s also wonderful to see them complete their studies and go on to great jobs in their new profession, serving their community.”

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