Bachelor of Nursing graduate Amelia Luxton came straight to SIT after completing Year 13 at Gore High School. Amelia’s passion for nursing grew from her high school career experience days as she loved being in the hospital setting and making an impact on people’s lives.
Highlights for Amelia were SIT’s supportive tutors, and her clinical placements in Gore, Queenstown and rural areas around Southland. “I found it very hands-on, lots of clinical hours compared to other nursing schools. I believe that SIT School of Nursing has the highest amount of clinical hours in NZ which was great.”
After graduating the Bachelor of Nursing, Amelia was offered graduate positions at Gore Hospital, Dunedin Public Hospital, Nelson Hospital and Tweed Hospital in Australia. Amelia decided to take up the overseas opportunity in Australia working for NSW Health at Tweed Hospital. This was a 12 month program that consisted of 6 months in a Coronary Care and General Medical Unit and 6 months in a Renal, Oncology and General Medical Unit.
On completing the new graduate position Amelia was successful in gaining a second year postgraduate program specialising in Palliative Care at Tweed Hospital.
In 2014 Amelia was offered a job in the General Medical Unit which is a new $1.76 billion, 750 bed Gold Coast University Hospital as a Registered Nurse and was, on occasion put in charge of a 24 bed unit. This is one of Queensland's largest clinical teaching and research facilities. It provides specialised health services that meet the needs of patients as well as the learning requirements of our future clinicians.
Amelia’s ambitions for the next 5 years are to move back to New Zealand and study the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science at SIT and hopefully become a Nursing Manager.