Fri 27 Apr 2018

Clean bill of health for students

Every third year nursing student who studied at WITT last year has passed their State Final Examination test, enabling them to be registered as nurses.

WITT enjoys an extremely high success rate in its nursing school and it is matched by the success in finding work for the graduates. It’s anticipated all of the near-30 students who are have qualified for registration will find employment.

More than 140 nursing students are studying at WITT this year, 57 in year one, 53 in year two and 31 in their final year.

The students are gearing up for one of the most important weeks on their calendar – Bachelor of Nursing Culture Week runs from April 30 to May 4.

The students, in mixed teams of year one, two and three groups, will get a clear understanding of the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for health today, learn basic tikanga, traditions and language and explain how they can work effectively with Māori.  

Using the tuakana/teina (older and younger) model of learning students are encouraged to develop leadership skills, and use initiative while taking responsibility for learning.

Nursing tutor Dee-Anna Ritai-TeAwa said the week was an important one.

“Nurses have a significant role to play in addressing health inequities in our society and supporting and working with Māori to improve health outcomes,” she said.

She and WITT Māori tutors Bernie Edwards and BJ Hetet will lead the week, which will feature a variety of guest speakers who will discuss iwi and hapū tribal connections, Taranaki history, protocols and formalities and the Treaty of Waitangi.