Therese Makasini

Bachelor of Nursing

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Nursing

Second-year Bachelor of Nursing student, Therese Makasini is enjoying the “abundance of placement hours” on offer in her degree.

“Having this experience so early in our education has given me an advantage and exposed me to the work environment while applying classroom learning into work settings,” Therese says.

While balancing schoolwork and part-time work is sometimes challenging, Therese says the experience is invaluable and she’s enjoying the hands-on learning.

As part of their practical experience, students divide their time between the University and health providers across Waikato where they are guided by registered nurses and other health professionals.

Originally from Tonga, Therese grew up in Dunedin with her parents and five older siblings, before leaving home and starting her tertiary education in Hamilton.

“I didn’t realise there were multiple options for nursing at the University of Waikato. I didn’t consider any other universities, Waikato was my first choice.”

The degree, in partnership with the Waikato District Health Board and clinical partners, has a specific focus on equity, well-being and Māori and Pacific health with opportunities to specialise in mental health and addiction.

Teaching staff embraces innovative teaching and learning methods to prepare the next generation of nurses with valuable skills and knowledge.

“The campus is so beautiful and the lecturers are very approachable and empathetic, they work hard to learn the students' names and develop relationships. I have loved seeing similar coloured faces, it’s very comforting.”

A former caregiver, Therese is grateful for her previous experience which gave her insight into nursing.

“Nursing is hard but it’s rewarding. It took me years to find my passion outside of high school, and it was hard to start studying again, but it was worth it. It’s the perfect balance of interaction with people and being busy.”

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