Student Profile: Imogen H. – BA in Nursing
I just finished my second year of the 3-year-Bachelor programme in Nursing at CPIT (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology). This programme at CPIT is held in high regard because of CPIT’s excellent facilities and quality teaching staff.
I’ve been to Germany myself and one of the students in my class is from Germany and we frequently reflect on the differences between New Zealand and Germany in studying nursing.
Differences New Zealand – Germany
At CPIT for instance we have a complete hospital wing – the so called Clinical Practise Unit – set up for training purposes. Everything is authentic except the patients are not real, they are a very sophisticated type of mannequin that enable us to learn. It’s quite funny, really. We call them Mr and Mrs Sim (sim stands for simulation) when the teaching staff is not around. When the teaching staff is around, we better address them properly with the given name for the assignment, because good and effective communication is a big part of what we are taught in this degree and no lapse would be tolerated.
Studying BA in Nursing and Work Placements
The Clinical Practise Unit is set up like a ward with patient rooms, family room, tables, chairs and kitchen and everything is fully equipped. We still have placements in different settings, i.e. hospitals, nursing homes, rest homes etc. of 6 – 8 weeks in the middle of each semester, so 6 placements in total.
In the first year of this degree we learned lots of science, the cellular body, microbiology and so on. All the things you (or I in fact) don’t want to know about germs… it is actually quite interesting. We have to take 4 papers per semester and for each paper we need to write an assignment (like a report or essay) and sit a test at the end of the semester. My last assignment for instance was an essay about heart failure.
In the second year of studies we learned heaps about the patient – nurse relationship and what the nurse does for the patient. Therapeutic communication has been one focus, so has Maori Health.
Study Bachelor in Nursing and Family
The work load is not too bad, I find. The people to people stuff comes naturally to me, but the practical side took a little adjusting.
I think nursing makes particular sense if you’d like to combine family with work. There are heaps of part time positions available that will make it easy to combine the two. I gave birth to our first child in my second year of study, showing that it is possible and how flexible the programme is. Teaching and admin staff have been very supportive.
Imogen H., CPIT, BA in Nursing
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