Jess wants to use her nursing degree to ease anxiety amongst hospital patients and staff through supportive, holistic care.
“I was a community support worker before pursuing nursing, so it seemed like a natural progression. My family always wanted me to go into nursing but I was hesitant – it wasn’t until I got out into the community that I realised nursing was for me.
“I’ve really enjoyed studying here at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. The nursing school has a great family vibe and I’ve never experienced a group of people who care so much about their colleagues. What resonated with me throughout is the sense of holistic care conveyed by our lecturers. They emphasise the importance of looking at the whole person as an individual and advocating for them. People centred care is a huge cornerstone to the nursing degree and without it we aren’t respecting the discipline and we certainly aren’t respecting our patients. So it’s been cool to see that vein carried throughout.
People centred care is a huge cornerstone to the nursing degree and without it we aren’t respecting the discipline and we certainly aren’t respecting our patients.
“Being a part of the University, I was able to access the University Counselling Services to seek help with anxiety. I ticked the LGBTI friendly box and it ended up working out really well. They were really supportive and helped me come up with some strategies to deal with my anxiety. I think it’s really important to be open about mental health, especially in New Zealand.
“Anxiety is a common symptom for patients but also in hospital staff. I would love to be a part of easing that anxiety as a nurse through supportive, holistic care. My ultimate goal is to work as a nurse educator, study towards a postgraduate degree in public health and influence policy in this issue.”