“Nurses changed my life, so I became one” - Whitireia graduate in the spotlight this International Nurse’s Day

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A career in nursing was never on the cards for Whitireia graduate Nikki, but one day that all changed.

Nikki’s children faced serious illness at a young age, her son experiencing his first stroke at just nine-months old. His round-the-clock care requirements meant Nikki witnessed first-hand the compassion and dedication exemplified by our nurses every day in Aotearoa.

Over the 20 years of her son’s life, Nikki developed a passion for healthcare. The hospital became her second home and seeing the impact staff had on their patients inspired her every day. After her son passed away, Nikki decided it was time to try something new.

It wasn’t until she visited Whitireia did Nikki discover the world of enrolled nursing.

After just 18 short months of study, enrolled nurses are qualified to assist registered nurses to deliver care to individuals in a range of health settings. For Nikki, studying the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing felt like the perfect stepping-stone in her career.

While the prospects of beginning a new career were daunting, Nikki says she wouldn’t have been able to complete her studies without the support at Whitireia.

“The tutors helped me work around any barriers and showed me there’s always a way. They understood my daughter’s healthcare needs and took the time to find me a placement close to home so I could continue caring for her.”

Now an Enrolled Nurse at Kenepuru Hospital, Nikki is proud to use her skills every day to support people in her community on their journey to wellness.

When asked what qualities make a great enrolled nurse, Nikki responded; “If you’re compassionate, empathetic and love to help people, nursing is the career for you. Whitireia is the starting point to achieve your goals.”



Study nursing at Whitireia 

Whitireia nursing programmes have been at the forefront in New Zealand for over 30 years. Our work-ready graduates have a great reputation and are always sought-after beginning clinicians.

Apply now to begin your Diploma in Enrolled Nursing* this year or chat to us about our nursing programmes starting February 2023.  

Call us on 0800 944 847 or send us a message at information@wandw.ac.nz.

*Talk to us about completing your programme of study FREE beyond 2022. Fees Free, scholarship and financing options are available for individuals who have commenced study of a TTAF qualifying programmed in 2022.

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