Final-year student, Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
Nursing offers a range of opportunities anyone can get into, at any stage of their life, says Kelsey Tomafua who is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) at AUT.
“I chose to study nursing because I wanted to be able to make a difference in my community and work in a profession where I’m exposed to an ever-changing and sometimes challenging work environment. I would recommend AUT’s nursing degree, especially if you have an interest in working in healthcare and you’re passionate about advocacy and helping the community.”
She loved learning more about the different career paths nurses can follow.
“A lightbulb moment for me was when the different district health boards and other nursing organisations came to AUT to talk to us about what they have to offer for new graduate nurses. This enhanced my passion as it showed me how flexible nursing can be. I’d love to work in a hospital after graduation as I could learn so much in a hospital-based setting, but I’m definitely open to any area of nursing.”
Supported to thrive
Choosing to study at AUT was an easy decision for Kelsey.
“I chose AUT because I was intrigued by how they incorporated both theoretical and practical aspects into each programme based on relevant research. I’ve always enjoyed the practical aspect of my studies, as I’m put in different situations where I can apply my nursing skills in practice. The culture and support at AUT are also amazing, and the team at AUT wants students to succeed and successfully join their desired career.”
Kelsey is proud to have been awarded a Keir Trust Study Award to support her throughout her studies.
“It has not only given me motivation to succeed but has also provided me with another team of support, in addition to my family and friends who have helped me throughout my studies.”
Advice for other students
Expecting to graduate this August, Kelsey has some great advice for other students.
“My advice to other students would be to be courageous and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.”
Make the most of your time at university, she adds.
“Be involved in as many university activities as you can while you’re studying at AUT.”