Amy McMillan

Amy McMillan

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Health Science in Perioperative Practice

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Amy McMillan says she would highly recommend the Bachelor of Health Science in Perioperative Practice to other students who are interested in working in the theatre environment.

“I had chosen the perioperative practice degree because I have a passion for helping people. The degree leads to the specialised job of anaesthetic technician. I’ve found this programme extremely interesting, and have really enjoyed building on my knowledge through assignments and clinical placements.

“I can’t wait to graduate and be a registered anaesthetic technician and help people through times in their life that could be very traumatic and stressful. It's great to be able to support patients through this by making it as comfortable as possible.”

The right choice
Amy initially chose to study health sciences at AUT because a friend had told her about the programme and how much they had enjoyed it.

“I’ve always had an interest in health and physiology since high school, and had no idea that there was a degree that goes straight into the theatre environment and includes them both. The lecturers have given me confidence in my abilities. I’ve also really enjoyed my clinical placements because I was able to interact with others in the workforce and start learning the anaesthetic technician role. The placements are really good at preparing me for my upcoming employment options.”

She says her biggest challenge was getting back into the headspace for studying after taking a gap year after finishing high school.

“AUT has supported me by giving me the right resources and tools, including peer mentors, to help me through this degree. Scholarship opportunities are also frequently announced by AUT, which I’ve found to be quite beneficial as I’m now on the Waitemata District Health Scholarship programme.”

Advice for other students
Amy – who is currently in the third year of her degree – has some great advice for other students who are thinking about studying health sciences.

“My advice is to get outside your comfort zone and get involved in everything that you can while you’re at university.”

She also has some specific advice related to the clinical placements.

“Take every opportunity you get and make the most of your time on clinical placements.”