Graduate Profile

Laura Thomson

Laura Thomson - Nursing

Specialty Clinical Nurse in Youth Health, Northland District Health Board

“Throughout high school I was involved with dance and performing arts however I decided that I wanted a stable and long term career and Nursing had always appealed to me. I finished my Bachelor of Nursing through NorthTec in 2014 and currently work as a Specialty Clinical Nurse in Youth Health for the Northland District Health Board.”

"My time at NorthTec was probably the most enjoyable three years of my life. Even though we were often faced with serious situations, I loved going into the hospital or communities and being able to offer care whilst being surrounded by supportive tutors, preceptors and classmates. The tutors helped many of us through personal crises which made it obvious that they really care about our wellbeing.”

“The practical component of the course really prepares you for work. From day one we were in the hospital environment making beds and taking blood pressures, then later in rest homes, communities or specialist areas. The theory is equally relevant and prepares you for further postgraduate study.”

“In my second year I had placements in a busy medical ward, and in the community with a public health nurse. Then in my third year, I was placed in the Emergency Department in Whangarei. Although at first apprehensive, I really enjoyed my placement there and was fortunate enough to work there during my new graduate year.”

“I have always had a passion for working with youth and I am so pleased to have this amazing opportunity. I work at various secondary schools around the Whangarei and Kaipara area running self-referral clinics and undertaking health assessments. I certainly deal with a whole range of challenges but I love my job and feel extremely satisfied and rewarded at the end of every day.”

“I love the work and continue to gain confidence and knowledge. The first time I realised how much I have learned was when I had my first NorthTec student to train. I have since been a preceptor for five NorthTec students and have noticed that they all show great initiative, have practical skills and are keen to work and learn."

“I’m keen to continue my own learning and I have completed my postgraduate certificate in Advanced Nursing. From here, I’ll see what unfolds.”

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