Name: Kieran Nicholson

Age: 22

City/town: Hastings, Hawke’s Bay**

What’s your job? Registered nurse in orthopaedics 

How did you get into this line of work? Through placements at The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) and the Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) programme. 

 What does a typical working day look like for you? A typical day would depend on what shift I’m doing: am’s, pm’s, or nights. All fall back on the fundamentals of nursing care, vital signs, patient care, and pressure area/wound management. Also paperwork – lots of paperwork! 

What qualifications or training did you need? To enter into the Bachelor of Nursing programme I needed to do a six-month bridging course (Certificate in Health Science). With NCEA Level 3, this wouldn’t have been needed, but EIT helped to bridge the gap caused by a messy and fragmented high school education and gave me a foundation to excel in nursing education and practical hands-on nursing care.  

What are the best bits about your job? Being a part of a person’s journey to health. Knowing that every shift is a stepping stone to something greater. Also, seeing yourself grow in maturity and experience is an awesome part of the job! 

What are the worst bits? Nursing is a weird career where a bowel movement is celebrated. The yucky stuff is something you get used to very quickly. It’s knowing that a patient is deteriorating and not being able to leave the job at the door, that’s the worst part. 

What’s your biggest career goal? Nursing is so transferable and vast that my career could go in any direction. From Intensive Care to primary Maōri health provider, these are all cards on the table for me at this point. As well as possibilities of nursing overseas anywhere from Singapore to Manhattan. 

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you most likely be doing? Honestly, my second choice is filmmaking/screenwriting. I think that highlights amazing part of the nursing workforce, everyone comes from a different walk of life and the skills and hobbies from nurse to nurse differ dramatically, making the working environment diverse and interesting every day. 

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