Fascinated with the body.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
Nurses (Practice)
Author: Lake, Shannon
Pub Date: 03/01/2012
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: March, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 284753726
Full Text: My iwi is Tuhoe and I am a third-year student at Manukau Institute of Technology. I became the Te Runanga Tauira (TRT) representative for my kura in 2010, and moved into my current role as chair last year.

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I was raised in Mangakino by my grandmother who was never sick, and from a young age I became fascinated by the body and with wounds. Looking after my mother before she died of brain cancer nearly four years ago also fuelled my curiosity to pursue a career in health.

The journey to becoming a nurse is exciting. I also appreciate the opportunity to be an example to my son who has just started senior school and wants to become a builder. It is great to see doors opening for us both.

My future goals include travelling and eventually becoming a cancer and diabetes nurse specialist, diseases that are especially prevalent among Maori. Another passion is to work in theatre and in a surgical ward.

I wish all nursing students the best of luck in their studies this year and into the future. As TRT chair, I hope to provide encouragement, support and friendship, and to be an example to all of you. It is my greatest belief that together anything is possible.

The TRT vice chair is Turuhira Thrupp from Waiariki Institute of Technology's Rotorua campus.

Report by TRT chair Shannon Lake
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