Cana­dian nurses visit Whi­tireia

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Six stu­dents and two tu­tors from the nurs­ing pro­gramme at Canada’s Camo­sun Col­lege cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day in Porirua on May 12.

The group was in Porirua as part of a field study ex­pe­ri­ence in con­junc­tion with Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic, Ora Toa Health Ser­vices and Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board.

It is the sec­ond visit for tu­tor Re­nate Gibbs, who brought a co­hort of stu­dents out last year for a five-week field study.

Gibbs said she was in­spired to bring stu­dents to Whi­tireia after reading about the work of the fac­ulty of health’s Mar­garet South­wick, who was in­stru­men­tal in the de­vel­op­ment of the nurs­ing pro­gramme at Whi­tireia and es­tab­lished the bach­e­lor of nurs­ing Maori and bach­e­lor of nurs­ing Pa­cific de­grees.

The Camo­sun Col­lege stu­dents were hosted by stu­dents from the Whi­tireia nurs­ing pro­gramme for the first two weeks of their visit, al­low­ing a shar­ing of cul­tures and ex­pe­ri­ences within the health con­text.

In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day is an ini­tia­tive of the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Nurses and is cel­e­brated around the world ev­ery May 12, the an­niver­sary of the birth of the founder of mod­ern nurs­ing, Florence Nightin­gale.

The group was in Porirua as part of a field study.

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