Ear Nurse Specialist, Greenlane Clinical Centre/Boutique Ear Care
Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
She loves helping people, says AUT nursing alumna Jing Feng who now specialises in ear health.
“I enjoy sharing my knowledge and applying my clinical skills to provide the best nursing care I possibly can for all patients.
“As an ear nurse specialist, I work in both the public and the private sector – at the Greenlane Clinical Centre and Boutique Ear Care. I love that as a nurse I can provide updated health information and strategies to individuals. It makes a difference so they can enjoy better health.”
As a qualified Mandarin interpreter, Jing is also instrumental in supporting any Chinese-speaking patients who have difficulties communicating in English.
Offering high-quality nursing care
Since graduating in 2007, Jing has continuously upskilled to be the best nurse she can.
“Every step of my career has been a highlight for me. At the end of my new graduate year, I started working as a shift co-ordinator on surgical ward. Then I challenged myself with completing postgraduate qualifications in nursing, and moving to the cardiac intensive care unit. I always wanted to maintain a high standard of nursing care to the best I could, no matter how many years I have been nursing.”
After having children, Jing decided to move to clinical work instead of shift work to make it easier to look after her two young kids.
“For a moment I thought my career excitement would stop there but it didn’t. After settling into the clinic routine, I decided to take on further studies: an interpreter qualification and ear nurse training. After I had been in the role as an ear nurse specialist for three years, I gained RN designated prescribing authority. This means that I can now prescribe the medications I need for the population that I’m treating in the clinic. This is quite new and very exciting for me.”
Skills for life
She chose to study nursing because she wanted to develop life-long skills, says Jing who came to AUT as an international student from China.
“Apart from obtaining a qualification, I always wanted to gain skills that I can use for life. AUT made a good impression on me with its North Campus and its great international student support services. The clinical rotation each semester is what I enjoyed the most during my studies. AUT gave me the opportunity to explore different clinical settings, including surgical, medical and paediatric nursing. This helped me a lot in terms of deciding on my professional development and career pathway.”
Believe in yourself, Jing advises other students.
“The opportunities are out there – just make sure you’re ready and continuously work towards your goals.”