Sarah Winship graduated with a Master of Nursing (with Distinction) from Wintec in March 2016. As a result of her Masters research, Patricia McClunie Trust has co-authored a research article with her entitled ‘Factors affecting hand hygiene amongst nurses. An integrative review’.
Says Sarah: “I never dreamt that other people would be interested in what I thought was my private obsession with hand hygiene (just ask my work colleagues) so it is a little surreal to think I will soon be the co-author of a published article".
This is Sarah’s story: "I began my nursing career as a diploma trained Comprehensive RN in the early 90’s, with 6 years at Greenlane Hospital focused particularly in the area of cardiology. During that time my first child was born with multiple medical issues and ironically went on to have open heart surgery, at the age of 3, at Greenlane where I had been working. Several years later, when things had settled down a little with my daughter and my second child was 2 years old, my husband and I decided we needed a “sea change” and moved, with my parents in tow, to the coastal town of Whakatane. I wasn’t sure at that stage what this move would mean for my career as a nurse as it is a smallish secondary hospital but I found my place working in intensive care/ high dependency unit and coronary care. During this time, I also took on the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). I began to do Postgraduate study with a small group of friends and chose to do a cardiac based paper with Wintec that I felt comfortable with and that I felt I had some knowledge in so it wouldn’t be so daunting. I went on to complete a postgraduate certificate and then a postgraduate diploma. Not being University/Bachelor trained it was a steep learning curve to learn how to write academically but I realised how much nursing knowledge I had gained from my past experience and I just needed to learn how to express it. I really wanted to increase my IPC knowledge and signed up to study with Griffith University in Australia extramurally, then completed my Master of Nursing at Wintec. Again I had an awesome group of ladies – who have since become close friends – and fabulous tutors (Sallie Greenwood and Patricia McClunie-Trust) who helped me on my study. I get a real kick out of writing RN, MN after my name and am extremely proud to have extended my nursing practice through gaining a postgraduate degree."