Nursing students at Whitireia to go to the community to provide health check-ups and advice

Nursing students at Whitireia to go to the community to provide health check-ups and advice

Students run events from start to finish, initially researching the community they target to ensure that what they share is useful and relevant.

For example, in Borrero, students focus on youth and have set up four stalls covering nutrition, ‘getting active’, illegal substances and sexual health. While on the Kapiti Coast, the event took place at the Somerset Retirement Village in Paraparaumu, with a focus on healthy activities appropriate for elderly care. First-year students also set up kiosks to offer blood pressure checks at Pak ‘n Save stores in Petone, Porriua and Paraparaumu.

Health days are part of the practical component of studying for students. To earn a Bachelor of Nursing degree, students must complete a minimum of 1,100 hours of clinical experience (practical application), and in the first year, students learn clinical skills in off-site experiences in rest and community homes such as health promotion days, as well as in simulation wards Clinical Campus Based in Whitireia.

“Health promotion days are multi-purpose — they help the community as well as provide a hands-on learning experience for students,” says Ari Nucleus, a teacher at the Whitireia School of Health and Social Services, who has been helping the students. “But most importantly, this project gives students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the communities in which they are likely to make their clinical placements while earning a nursing degree, or work as qualified nurses in the future. Crucial to nursing success is understanding the people you help, and a big part One of this is understanding their circumstances and their communities. For nursing students, being in a variety of communities early on in their studies is a beneficial part of their learning process.”

Molly Johnson, a first-year Bachelor of Nursing student at Whitireia who participated in Petone’s Health Promotion Day, explains how nerve-wracking it was, but also a huge learning curve to put theory into practice with members of the public.

“One of the key lessons was the ability to communicate clinical terminology in a way that makes sense to members of the public. Initially it was nerve damage while measuring blood pressure, and this was the first time we had done this outside of simulation wings on campus in Whitireia, a controlled environment Censored. We had our white nurses uniform and it felt so real. But I quickly became reassured because it was totally fine and I felt really comfortable chatting with people while I was doing it, and that got me thinking, ‘Wow, we were so well prepared for it.'”

More information:
For over thirty years, nursing has been a major focus in Whitireia. During this time, Whitireia has built a reputation for producing work-ready graduates who are highly regarded in the industry. Whitireia offers applicants a choice of three Bachelor of Nursing degrees, all of which are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and meet the requirements of the New Zealand Nursing Board for registration. These are the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Maori and Bachelor of Nursing Pacific. They are all three-year full-time programs that offer a combination of theoretical courses, i.e. classroom study sessions on the University of Borrero campus and supported clinical experience, which is practical/practical work completed in a variety of community and hospital settings. Students who have successfully completed the program are eligible to take the New Zealand Board of Nursing Final Examinations. Upon success, the student applies to the Board of Nursing for registration as a registered nurse.


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