For the first time the Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) has accepted a student nurse in her third year of study on placement. Studying at Toi Ohomai Polytechnic based at Mokoia Campus Rotorua, Renee Metu is halfway through her 10-week placement.
Born and raised in Tokoroa, a move into nursing came about after a conversation with a friend. Attracted to nursing by the idea of giving back to her community, Renee has spent the last five years working towards this placement, including completing bridging courses before taking up study at Toi-Ohomai.
Renee says a key part to her achievement has come from having good support from whānau and friends through her studies.
“The support of whānau and friends has been central to my achievements during nursing training. Without that support, I would not be here at Raukawa about to graduate as a nurse.”
Having had previous placements within District Health Boards and Primary Healthcare Organisations Renee has been surprised by the range of services offered by RCT.
“I am half way through my placement now, and I am amazed at what is offered here. I have had the pleasure of working alongside a great group of ladies that have expertise in a range of different areas of nursing and I appreciate the knowledge and skills I have learnt from each of them. I will no doubt use what I have learnt here in my every day practice in the future.”
Whānau Ora Clinical Services Manager, Donna Leger says Renee’s placement marks a new phase in RCT’s continuing mahi to support the health needs of the community.
“Having Renee on placement with us has been great, it is really important that we support the next generation of nurses to complete their training and gain an understanding of the role organisations like ours play in helping people lead healthier lives.”
RCT Tumu Whakarae, Bobby Bryan said he was excited to see students enhancing their learning alongside Raukawa.
“We are excited by the opportunity to work with like-minded organisations to grow the number of trained individuals who will support the health and well-being of our people and those in the communities we serve.“