Anna Matthews

Anna Matthews

Master of Nursing Science student

Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Her plan is to work in an intensive care unit as a registered nurse in Tāmaki Makaurau, says Anna Matthews who is currently completing a Master of Nursing Science.

“After working in a hospital for over a year within an administration role I knew that I wanted to work with patients. I had heard about the Master of Nursing Science through a friend, and decided to apply for the programme. AUT has a good reputation and so does the Master of Nursing Science with future employers.

“I’ve learnt so much throughout my studies, and I also like that the Master of Nursing Science recognised my previous degree, regardless of it being unrelated to nursing.”

Supported to thrive
The people she has met and the support available have been the highlight of Anna’s studies.

“My student cohort has been a great support for me throughout the Master of Nursing Science and I’ve made lifelong friends. I also appreciated the financial support available for AUT students, especially as I’m a mature student who is also a mum. The financial support I could access was really helpful for paying for day-care costs.”

There is one staff member she considers particularly inspirational.

“A Māori clinical educator who is a massive support to Māori students at AUT has been a huge inspiration for me. She advocates for extra support for Māori student nurses and really helped me through a tough time.”

Advice for other students
Expecting to graduate later this year, Anna has some great advice for other students who are only at the start of their university journey.

“My advice is to make good connections with other students as they will become your lifeline throughout your studies.”

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, she adds.

“Ask for help when you need it and always remain open-minded.”