Final-year student, Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
As a nurse she will be able to create positive change, says Taria Hebden who will graduate with her Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) this August.
“I have a passion for working for and with my Māori culture, and want to make a difference to people in need of help. I wanted to be that person who can make that positive change, and a great way to do this was by working in the medical field. What initially attracted me to nursing was the opportunity to work in a diverse range of fields in the health sector.”
Taria, who was awarded a Waikato Tainui Tertiary Scholarship and a Waitemata District Health Board Māori Health Scholarship to support her studies, says she hopes to inspire other young Māori to work in healthcare.
“Receiving these awards reflected the amount of support I received throughout my nursing degree and helped contribute to my success. The Waitemata District Health Board Māori Health Scholarship in particular was a true reflection of the hard work I put into my degree and was a good way to finish my final year knowing that my work is being noticed by AUT and DHBs. This has motivated me to keep working hard, so that I can make my whānau and Māori culture proud.”
Coming to AUT to study nursing was an easy decision for Taria.
“I chose to study at AUT as I valued the reputation of the health sciences programmes, and the support and hands-on approach to allow for students to strive for success. I felt it was the right place for Māori student support and allowed me to stay close to my whānau during my studies.”
She feels grateful for the guidance and support she received throughout her studies.
“I was fortunate to have great support from my whānau, AUT staff and fellow students, and I met many great role models throughout my journey of studying. Their aroha, manaakitanga and continuity of support made it possible for me to succeed and be where I am today with my nursing. Having the support and belief around me allowed me to be who I am.”
Fully supported to succeed
AUT’s nursing degree is well-structured to set students up for success, Taria says.
“Nursing is a programme I highly recommend. It offers students many opportunities to develop and upskill to achieve success and grow into competent graduate nurses who are ready for future practice. The support structures that are in place allow students to work hard in an environment where they are fully supported.”
Being able to gain practical nursing experience throughout the three years of her degree has been a highlight of Taria’s studies.
“This has helped me develop my skills inside and outside of nursing, and grow into the person I am today. Through the range of clinical placements I completed, I discovered that emergency and urgent care is where my passion lies. Working in fast-paced environments with exposure to a variety of fields is where I thrive. After graduating I’d like to work in emergency care, aiming to achieve better health outcomes by providing the best care for everyone.”