"Being able to adapt to change is an everyday part of being a nurse," Bachelor of Nursing graduate Beth Beavers says. "It's a constantly evolving profession, especially with advances in medicine and technology. There are so many facets to nursing, and nurses themselves seem able to carve out niches in healthcare to fill a need."
Beth's own role - as a clinical team co-ordinator at Christchurch Hospital – illustrates nurses' ability to adapt to change. "It's a relatively new role, created within the last eight years. It involves helping triage house officers' workload and dealing with any issues that nurses in the wards may be having regarding patients and their care."
Beth says her role is challenging and exciting. "It's a role that offers autonomy in my practice, as well as the opportunity to use all the assessment and triaging skills that we have as nurses."
Prior to her current role, Beth worked in the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital for nine years, following a stint working overseas. "When I was working in the UK it was known that New Zealand nurses were well trained, and when I came back to New Zealand it was my training that helped get me the job in ED."
Beth rates the quality of her original training at CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury) highly. "My degree gave me an excellent foundation of nursing knowledge. I enjoyed learning about all the different facets of nursing, from medical and surgical to mental health, research and general practice."
Like many other CPIT nursing graduates, she considers the practical placements during her degree a highlight of her study. "I got to go to some amazing places and see some things as a student that I have never seen again since becoming a registered nurse! The nurses on the wards were helpful and keen to help me learn which made the experience even better."
Beth has similar praise for her tutors at CPIT. "They were very knowledgeable about their particular subjects and always available to us if we had any questions or needed help."
One reason why nurses are so good at adapting to change is their appetite for ongoing education. Since graduating, Beth has expanded her skills and expertise by completing post graduate certificates through Otago and Auckland universities.