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Victoria Smith’s desire to become a nurse stems back to when she helped care for her grandfather who was dying from a brain tumour.
"He wanted to die at home, so I had many opportunities to observe the nurses who cared for him, and when I could I would help him complete his daily physio exercises."
For Victoria, this will always be a very special time in her life and she believes part of her passion for nursing stemmed from the unconditional care and empathy the nurses showed her grandfather and family. They have also set an example for the type of nurse she wants to be.
She has always been passionate about health and wellbeing, and has a particular interest in nutrition, which is an important aspect of nursing care.
"I researched a few places to study nursing before choosing Massey. I decided to study at Massey because of its great facilities and reputation.
From day one, the teaching and support staff challenged our views and values of nursing, and encouraged us to expand our ideas both in our own lives and within our practice.”
She said they were given a huge variety of assignments, lab sessions, seminars, and practice settings, which allowed her to learn and explore many aspects of nursing.
“It has been exciting to find which area of nursing suits me, and compare this to my initial thoughts when I first started the programme.
Nursing provides incredible opportunities to work alongside people and their families, and support them through their journey. You have the ability to help empower people to change their own lives, seeing people at their worst, and helping them progress to their best.
Massey has provided a great foundation to the start of my career and I am excited for future nursing opportunities and experiences.”
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016