Registered Nurse, North Shore Hospital, Waitemata District Health Board
Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice student
Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
She has always been passionate about helping people, says Toni Parker who is now a registered nurse at North Shore Hospital.
“I chose to study nursing because I have a love for helping people on their journey to wellness. I like the thought of knowing that someone’s day might have been a little bit brighter because I was part of it.”
Kindness is a big part of being a good nurse, she says.
“One of my nursing lecturers told me that it’s not just about what you do but how you do it, and how you should do it is with a smile and a friendly hello. I think about this often when I’m having a tough day, and try and remember that it doesn’t cost a thing to be kind.”
Making a difference
Since graduating from AUT in 2019, Toni is now working as a registered nurse in North Shore Hospital’s acute medical ward.
“Working in an acute medical ward means I see patients of all ages and types. We often have patients who need blood transfusions, pain relief and intravenous antibiotics. I also liaise with the gastroenterology clinic and prepare patients for procedures such as colonoscopies.”
What she loves most about her work are the people she meets.
“I enjoy meeting patients and hearing their stories, and the nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary care team here are all crucial to the ward and the work that we do.”
Experiencing life as a nurse
For Toni, the clinical placements that are part of the nursing degree have been a highlight of her studies.
“I liked being able to choose where I wanted to complete my clinical placements, and I usually got my first choice. Through my placements AUT also connected me with my current workplace; North Shore Hospital.”
Make the most of your time on clinical placement she advises other students.
“My advice is to use your last placement to the best of your ability. Regardless of the type of ward you’re placed in, a good team makes a big difference and your placement can even help you line up a job after you graduate.”