Undergraduate Nursing Lecturer
I began my nursing in the late 1970s during the movement between hospital based nursing and Polytechnic based nursing education. I graduated from Auckland Institute of Technology (ATI) with a diploma in nursing and began work in a surgical ward at Auckland Hospital. I then moved on to gain experience in Christchurch where I enjoyed my work as an RN in a paediatric unit and then later in a rehabilitation centre in England.
On my return to New Zealand I decided to meet with my head of school to see what I needed to enter nursing education. I felt at the time that I might be able to support students in their learning and was keen to take an active approach in the direction of nursing education. I was employed with the view that I would undertake post graduate study and that I would be employed on a temporary contract. My beginnings in teaching were about having the courage to be `open’ and honest with students and this is one of the attributes I view as 'key’ to my career. I thrive on how I might help students create meaning in their learning and there is nothing more exciting than a student who can tell you what makes a difference in their practice. I strongly believe that I have as much to learn from others as they have from me and so I see the role as a reciprocated process of learning.
Some of the learning gained over time included enrolling and passing a BA in education and management at Auckland University. At that time, extramural education was offered for post-grad studies in nursing however, I was not sufficiently disciplined to undertake such papers. I achieved well in my undergrad studies, surprisingly, and so the next step of undertaking my `masters’ seemed a natural progression. I graduated with first class honours with a thesis tilted `Vulnerable bodies: student nurses early experiences of intimate patient bodily care’.