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Sigrid Joblin-Mills grew up in Whanganui before making the move to Dunedin to study a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Neuroscience at Otago University. With her Bachelor’s degree under her belt, she packed her bag and headed off on a backpacking adventure around Europe, and while travelling, decided on her future career path: Nursing.

Finding out about Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)’s School of Nursing via word of mouth, Sigrid explains “friends had recommended SIT and spoke highly of the nursing department there. I was told that the nursing course at SIT had a strong science component, and as this is my background, I thought it was a good fit. Our science tutors were able to explain complex concepts in simple terms, by bringing it back to the nursing perspective.”

Having not really known what to expect from SIT, Sigrid was nonetheless keen to experience tertiary study at a technology institute, having previously studied in a university environment.

“Study at SIT has made me appreciate career-focused study. SIT and the Bachelor of Nursing exceeded my expectations and I value what SIT has to offer students –providing applicable skills for the real world”.

This real-world focus includes clinical and simulation facilities which enable students to get hands-on experience before going on placement. This is important for developing confidence in the necessary skills and the tutors are committed to providing students with the capability to become competent nurses.

“The tutors are passionate and knowledgeable about nursing. They strongly focus on teaching us about patient-centred care, and are passionate about this. The variety of placements was also great. As nursing is such a broad and versatile profession, it was useful to gain experience in a variety of workplaces”.

Sigrid took time out from study by getting involved with social netball and on campus yoga classes. “Social netball was fun, and a good way to take your mind off study. The yoga classes were also great – affordable and relaxing”.

While enjoying her experience at SIT and the nursing study, Sigrid admits that the Bachelor of Nursing is both academically and clinically challenging. “It takes commitment and hard work, but don’t get me wrong, it is extremely rewarding and totally worth it!”

Now working on a medical ward as a Registered Nurse, Sigrid can’t recommend SIT’s nursing programme highly enough and would definitely advise prospective students to apply. “SIT equipped me with the theoretical and practical skills required to enter the nursing profession.”

Looking into the future, she isn’t sure what she will be doing as you can go anywhere with nursing, and that’s exactly why she likes it!

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