Student Dreams to Answer Nursing’s Male Call

26 Oct 2016

From culinary arts for budding MasterChefs to business diplomas for office thrill seekers, there are plenty of rewarding study options available at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s (WBOPP) Whakatane Campus, enrolling now for 2017.

Kawerau local, Wayne Andrews, knows of these rewards, having spent 2016 chasing his dream of becoming a nurse.

“Enrolling with WBoPP was a case of now or never – I’m 40 next year and didn’t want to be on minimum wage forever.

“I had to learn how to learn again, but the cost of study is an investment not a liability.”

With his entry level health qualification set to be relaunched for 2017 as the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing, Andrews sees nothing but positives in his student experience as he readies to continue into a Bachelor of Nursing.

“My six year old daughter wants to be a nurse now too. She’s reckons she is going to live by her mum, work with me at the hospital and do lunch together.”

Andrews feels the course theory is balanced out by the great laughs his male perspective brings to his supportive (and otherwise female) classmates.

A diabetic since the age of 14, he hopes to specialise as a diabetic nurse so that others in the community can benefit from his years of understanding.

“I have had plenty of barriers to jump; it is only myself, I don’t have another income, I had to sell my house – I have literally put it all on the line to do something I’ve always wanted to do.

“There’s a shortage of nurses and the money is excellent. Nursing opens up the world to you as well. I’ve heard Americans and the English like their kiwi nurses, so that’s a great possibility.”

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