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Celebrating International Nurses Day

Nurses play a vital role in our health care. Without nurses our hospitals and health centres wouldn’t be able to operate. Today is International Nurses Day and we have so many amazing nursing students and kaiako at Wintec | Te Pūkenga that we want to thank them for all of their hard work. 

We thought we’d celebrate today by highlighting one of our incredible nursing students, Abby Foley. 

Abby is a 33-year-old single mum who is in her third year of her nursing degree and says she wouldn’t want to do anything else in the world for a career. You can read more about why she got into nursing below.

What made you want to become a nurse?

I wanted to upskill and work in a career with plenty of opportunity. Something where I would never be bored and where the outcome benefited the public.

What did you do beforehand? Who are you doing this for? Do you have an inspiration?

I was a dental assistant before, for seven years. I was inspired by practitioners with an endless amount of motivation for education.

Why did you decide to study at Wintec? Would you encourage others too?

I decided on Wintec as all the nurses I knew graduated from here. Yes, Wintec overall has been a positive experience.

What has your favourite part of study been? Maybe a certain paper or placement?

My favourite part has been meeting others in my classes, discussing papers and studying together. I feel it has been a strong influence on my grades.

You’re in your third year, are you excited for the future? Where do you hope to work next year?

I am excited for the future. I feel I am ready to take my knowledge and skill and apply it the work force. I am hoping to get into a role involving emergency and trauma.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would say it takes a lot of dedication and self determination to pass this course. I have been pleasantly surprised with the support and the ease into student life. It’s worth it in the end.

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