A Celebration of Nursing Success

18 July 2019

A Celebration of Nursing Success

There was a celebration of success at NorthTec’s Te Puna o Te Mātauranga marae yesterday as nursing students celebrated the end of their study journey.

It was a big week for the 31 graduates, who sat their Nursing Council State Final Examination the day before, to qualify as Registered Nurses after three years (or more) of hard work and sacrifices.

Each student took the time to speak to all those present to acknowledge the huge support received from their families, NorthTec tutors and classmates, who helped them achieve their success.

Dianna Peni said it was an opportunity to thank everyone that contributed to her success in completing her degree. She is now set to begin a position as a Registered Nurse at North Haven Hospice.

She said: “I wanted to thank the NorthTec tutors, preceptors and everyone else behind the scenes that made it possible for me to have completed my degree. Especially my whānau and my children who stood beside me throughout my whole journey. My three children were my inspiration behind completing my degree.”

The majority of these graduates have been offered new graduate Registered Nurse positions with the Northland District Health Board and will go straight into work in the Tai Tokerau healthcare workforce.

Jeanette Briscoe, Principal Nursing Lecturer, said the nursing team at NorthTec is immensely proud of the students’ achievements. She said: “It is always an emotional day for us seeing the students with their whānau when they talk about the struggles they have trying to juggle family, finances, jobs and full- time study. Our students are amazing.

“The Bachelor of Nursing degree is so much more than an ordinary degree and our students are more to us than just students. We get to know them really well and we care about them as individuals, and we then become their colleagues as professional Registered Nurses.”

Dr Bev MacKay, Nursing Pathway Manager, said she is proud because she knows the positive impact that the graduates will have as Registered Nurses on their whānau, their communities and for health outcomes in Northland.
She added that the whakawātea is important to farewell the students and hand them back to their families: “We welcomed them to NorthTec with a pōwhiri and promised to look after them, and now we complete the process with a whakawātea.”

All graduates will be eligible to graduate formally at the annual NorthTec graduation ceremony in March. NorthTec has two nursing intakes each year, and holds a marae-based whakawātea to farewell each group at the end of their studies.
 
 

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