Awardee Progress Report 

Jack Ilott Second-chance Education Award 2018

The John Ilott Charitable Trust has sponsored the Jack Ilott Second-chance Education Award through New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura for many years.

A requirement of the award is for recipients to provide a progress report at the end of the year.

Identifying information has been removed to protect the privacy of the award recipient.


How did you get on with your study this year?

Study went really well this year. I got B+ averages for the assignment part of my studies and A+ on all Pathophysiology exams, achieving top of the class in this area (which I am so very proud of).

I was fortunate to work in the outpatient area at one DHB. This role took me from gynaecology to the breast clinic, the respiratory clinic, fracture clinic and cancer support team. This was very eye opening and highlighted the importance in community care for our patient’s. I worked alongside some amazing nurses and am grateful for the learning experience.

In my last semester the focus was on Mental Health. I was placed in Forensic Mental Health where patients index offending have led to them being sectioned under the Mental Health Act. I did at times find it very hard as the offences committed were chilling however, over time, with wonderful support and insight from the preceptor nurses and clinical team, I was able to see mental illness for what it was, an illness.

I am looking forward to my last year and the learnings that will accompany my placements. I have put my hand up for an Accident and Emergency placement and Community Palliative Care. These are the two areas I am very passionate about.

How did the award assist you with your study this year?

My car broke down!!! So the award went towards fixing it so I could get to and from both course and placement. That cost was $1400.

It also helped towards my placement costs of parking and petrol for 12 weeks of placement at $100 per week ($10 for parking and $10 for petrol each day)

I felt very guilty about not being able to use it to contribute to society in some meaningful way so set about asking for volunteers (other student nurses) to help assess Call Centre staff whose job is mostly stationary with BP (blood pressure) pulse rates, respiration and blood sugar levels. Stroke and Heart attacks are a leading cause of death in Maori and Pacific Islanders. With a little research I was able to approach two businesses whose staff mainly consist of both demographics.

Under supervision from one of my Nursing Tutors, we were able to assess and give the results and some health literacy to the staff to follow up with. All for free!!!

What do you plan to do next year?

2019 is an exciting year for me. I will be in my last year of Nursing. I will have 16 weeks of placement in (hopefully) my chosen area of health.

I will be working part time in a Disability home (my current role) and am hoping to attain a casual position as a Mental Health Support worker.

I am looking at Learning Te Reo Maori and have a few online options that will not interfere with my Nursing studies.

I am also wanting to (time permitted) volunteer with Refugees on integration into the community, that however is my only “maybe” for the year.

I am also a sole parent to 3 daughters so I will be mothering them. My year will be very busy but such an amazing learning experience so I am looking forward to it.

Is there anything else you would like to say to us?

I am so humbled by the generosity shown by The New Horizon for Women Trust and John Ilott Charitable Trust.

Receiving this scholarship gave me not only a monetary boost but a confidence boost. It is the first time in a long time that I have had some one believe in me. I have worked very hard my whole life and have never received any recognition for it, so to receive this was spiritually empowering.

I can’t thank you enough. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have been able to attend placement, I wouldn’t have experienced what I have and I wouldn’t have had the confidence to really make a difference.


Thank you and god bless

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