Before Georgia-Rae started her Nursing degree, she completed the Certificate in Health (Level 4). “It was really helpful and showed me that nursing was really where I wanted to be. The certificate year taught us how to write academically, and showed us what tertiary study is before we started the degree.”
Georgia-Rae found the staff really helpful and were always keen to help. “They were amazing. They knew all of us by name, which was really lovely. They treated us like nurses right from day one and prepared us really well for the workforce.” Georgia-Rae enjoyed her degree and found it had the perfect balance of hands-on experience and academic learning.
“The nine-week transition placement in our third year was brilliant. I was lucky enough to work in Neo-natal Intensive Care at Dunedin Hospital. I was even luckier to be offered a job there at the end of it!” Georgia-Rae’s iwi are Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe and Waitaha and she soon signed up for the Māori nurses forum – an online discussion to share thoughts, support and ideas.
“The Polytechnic was really supportive. It helped me get to an Indigenous Nurses’ Conference in Auckland which was amazing”. Georgia-Rae’s now working her dream job at the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit. “I love it. It’s such a great place to work, such a caring, nurturing environment. It can be a tough time for families, but also a time of great joy”.