Canadian nurses visit Whitireia
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.