NMIT’s Health and Wellbeing programmes offer training for those wishing to work in nursing, health, counselling and social work fields. The enthusiasm and learning interest of our students, combined with quality tuition and practical clinical and placement experiences result in work ready graduates and make this a great place to study.
Our staff are passionate about people and are talented, highly qualified professionals in their own fields. Our educational philosophy is based upon supporting students’ development and enhancing their ability to make caring professional judgements based on sound professional knowledge. We aim to educate individuals to be self-directive, to think critically and to be able to develop a critical awareness of self, society and their intended profession.
Learning occurs in a climate where each student is challenged and enabled to fully pursue individual potential. Knowledge is developed through inquiry based practice. We aim to facilitate critical thinking and wise decision-making and support the learner’s active participation in the process.
Education should expose students of social sciences to alternative ways of viewing the world, as they will be working with people with different world views.
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Programmes and Courses
Kiri Hunter, Nursing Tutor
Iwi: Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitane and Ngati Maniapoto Dip. Comp. Nurs; PG Cert. Nurs.(Acute Care/Orth)
Kiri Hunter has had a varied, exciting and interesting career since gaining her Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing in 1993.
“Nursing is such a great ticket to have. It just opens up so many doors all over the world - there’s such a variety of work places and jobs on offer.”
Thanks to her nursing qualification, she worked all over Australia in a variety of roles including alongside the Royal Flying Doctor Service in remote rural communities around Cape York; as a resort nurse for the five star Lizard Island Resort; and as nursing unit manager at Sydney’s St George Public Hospital – a major teaching trauma hospital. It was at St George that she was awarded a leadership award for leading change and medical model in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit.
Kiri moved to Nelson in 2008, and was a ward nurse in Nelson Hospital’s surgical unit before joining NMIT in 2011 as clinical educator and then nursing tutor.
“I’ve always loved nursing and interacting with people - tutoring is just a natural progression of that.”
Currently studying towards a Master of Nursing through Massey University and a Certificate of Teaching at NMIT, she is also a member of the Kawa Whakaruruhau (cultural safety) Committee helping support Maori nursing students at NMIT, and a competitive waka ama or outrigger canoe paddler with Whakatū Marae who has won national and international titles.
Chris Dunn, Nursing Tutor
Master of Science - Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Nursing, Certificate in Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Community Nursing
Christine (Chris) Dunn brings 30 years’ experience as a registered nurse to her role at NMIT. Chris started her nursing training at NMIT in 1981. Since graduating in 1983, she has held nursing positions in Auckland, Sydney, Perth, London, and for the past 21 years in Toronto, Canada. Chris’s specialty is Intensive Care Nursing, and Clinical Education. She is an active researcher having presented at national and international conferences, and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching.
“I believe being passionate about teaching inspires and motivates learners to believe in themselves, to be successful and strive for excellence,” she says.
Helen Childs, Nursing Tutor
Registered General and Obstetric Nurse, Master of (Applied) Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (Level 7), Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Maternal Child Health), Certificate in Paediatrics
Helen Childs has more than 30 years’ of experience in the world of nursing. Helen’s clinical practice has covered all age groups but she has a particular focus on children, families and community-based care. Helen is a member of the nurse-led Victory Community Clinic that offers a free nursing service. She is a member of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Nurses for Children & Young People of Aotearoa and the Child Poverty Action Group. Helen is also an article reviewer for the College of Nurses’ journal ‘Praxis’.
An experienced educator, Helen is a senior academic staff member who has been at NMIT for 20 years, teaching and developing NMIT’s nursing programmes. She has co-ordinated the delivery of the nursing curriculum for the Bachelor of Nursing year 2 and in 2014, for year 3, and has delivered the Preceptoring for Registered Nurses courses in Nelson.
“I’m committed to supporting and developing the scholarship of nursing and fostering the ‘art and craft’ of nursing practice to meet the health-care needs of local communities.”
Christine Ball, Mental Health Nursing Tutor
Certificate in Adult Teaching, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing, Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences (University of Otago), Candidate for Master of Health Sciences
Christine began her nursing training at Kingseat Hospital, Auckland becoming a registered psychiatric nurse in 1986. Since then she has worked in a range of mental health services including acute mental health, community mental health and management of older persons’ mental health service in the Nelson–Marlborough region. For the last ten years, Christine has been teaching on the Bachelor of Nursing programme, year two, both as a lecturer and as a clinical educator working alongside students in their mental health clinical experience. Christine particularly enjoys introducing nursing students to the mental health area and being part of the personal and professional growth and development that students often experience at this stage of their education. “It is very rewarding when students begin to see mental health nursing as a career option when previously this might not have been considered,” she says. Christine is dedicated to maintaining close links with local mental health services to enhance students’ applied learning and ultimately, contributing to quality mental health care available in the region.
Currently studying towards a Master of Health Sciences through Otago University, Christine finds being an adult student and juggling family and work responsibilities helps her understand the challenges that some adult students at NMIT face.
Christine is a member of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation: Mental Health Nurses and Research division.
Olivia Te-Au, Bachelor of Nursing
Olivia Te-Au was all set to pack her bags for Christchurch to study science at university, then she went to an Open Day at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and everything changed.
“At the Open Day I found out about nursing as a career and that was it - I decided to stay in Nelson and study the Bachelor of Nursing,” Olivia says. “I could see really big benefits to staying in Nelson, studying at NMIT and becoming a nurse. My mum was so pleased I wasn’t leaving home, and I could still be around my family and friends.”
Also influencing her decision was the fact she would save money on fees by enrolling in NMIT straight from Motueka High School using the “Half a Degree for Free” scheme for year 13 students enrolling straight from school in selected NMIT degree programmes.
“My student loan is a lot less than it would have been if I’d gone to Christchurch and I’ve didn’t have to worry about where to live or making a whole lot of new friends.”
Now aged 21, Olivia has graduated and started her first job at Nelson Hospital as a new graduate registered nurse. She gained the job through Nelson Marlborough District Health Boards’ Nurse Entry Practice Programme set up to ease the transition from student to practising registered nurse.
“It all went really quickly. It seems like only the other day I was starting the course and now here I am - all grown up with a career and a real job. After three years of being a student it’s really good to be in a career of choice and getting paid.”
Aside from the usual first day nerves, Olivia felt fully-prepared for the job thanks to her NMIT training.
“On my first day of work I wondered if it was going to be everything it’s cracked up to be – but it was, it’s just awesome. I’m enjoying everything,” Olivia says. “NMIT totally prepared me. Everything they taught me I’ve used in the job - there isn’t anything else they could have taught me.”
The nursing programme includes around 40 weeks’ clinical work experience spread throughout the programme. NMIT also has a training hospital on site where students practice skills and expand on what they learn in class such as applying dressings, taking blood pressures and assessing patients.
“There was a really good balance between theory work in class and practical hands on work experience. You never got sick of the theory because you knew there was always some work experience always coming up.”
She plans on travelling and working overseas as a nurse. One of the best things about the job is that you can do it anywhere.
“Nursing is a great profession and the options are endless. You can be a nurse anywhere in the world and work in a wide variety of roles. Nurses are needed everywhere.”
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