On Monday around 65 MIT undergraduate nurses started at Ko Awatea as part of their orientation with another 100 starting in a week’s time. It was a real pleasure to see their positive response to the fantastic facilities and technology in the building and knowing this will be their place of learning.
The beanbags especially were a real talking point for them.
The multi-disciplinary learning that will take place makes Ko Awatea a wonderful learning environment. It’s such an advantage for them to be able to experience this environment – it really will serve to bring the theory and clinical learning much closer together.
We’ve had a really positive relationship with MIT for many years, and now, being on the same floor, with tutors and staff being able to communicate easily and informally, will make this relationship even richer.
The promise that has been talked about for Ko Awatea for so long is now coming to fruition. Students can get a much more real sense of the structure and relationships within the hospital and the DHB and access some of the other teaching in this environment. Our staff will be able to listen to the stories and share with the students, who equally will be able to see staff in their different roles and contexts.
What opportunities this will open up for them and for us. As Maureen Bisognano of IHI says: ‘All teach, all learn.’ I’m really looking forward to what we will be able to learn from our students here on site, as much as they are looking forward to learning from us.
Exciting times are ahead!