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Priya Saini has always been passionate about caring for people of different ages and backgrounds.
“My mother-in-law has been a nurse for over 35 years. Seeing the satisfaction she feels every day by helping others originally inspired me to pursue a career in healthcare.”
Previously a registered nurse in India, Priya worked in a neonatal intensive care unit for two years.
“I found this challenging, but so rewarding. For me, a career in healthcare is extremely valuable as the skills you develop are so transferrable and can take you anywhere in the world.”
Now a recent graduate of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) (Level 4) with New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC), Priya has her sights set on becoming a registered nurse in New Zealand.
“Currently, I am gaining useful experience working as a Healthcare Assistant in a hospital setting. I enjoy the varied environment, and it allows me to put my skills and nursing background to use, while engaging in a range of different tasks.
“I’ve learnt so many new things throughout my NZTC studies, including how to support those with dementia and engage in effective cross-cultural communication with clients. I believe this has provided me with increased confidence which will help to prepare me for working as a nurse in New Zealand.”
As a new mother, Priya initially had her doubts about online study. For her, learning online was a bit of a mystery and she was nervous about whether it was something she would be able to achieve while juggling family life and full-time work.
“NZTC have supported me throughout the entire journey. Any time I’ve been concerned about something, Pastoral Support and IT Help have been there to patiently guide me through any challenges.
“I am really grateful the college has given me a chance to show my family and friends what I can accomplish, and I am more motivated than ever to achieve my nursing dream in New Zealand.”