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Carol Stewart

Head of School Nurse Education, Regional

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Carol Stewart believes she was born to be a nurse and says she doesn’t regret one day of her career.

With her deep personal regard for the profession and a varied background in hands on nursing experience and lecturing at UCOL, she is in the ideal role to share her knowledge and passion. Carol is UCOL’s Head of School Nurse Education, Regional.

Whanganui born and bred, Carol began her nursing training straight from school at Whanganui Base Hospital. In 1980 she ventured to England and worked as an agency nurse for 18 months. She then undertook a year-long paediatrics course in Wellington before returning to Palmerston North as a newly-wed.

Carol’s association with UCOL first began in 2003 when she was involved with UCOL nursing graduates and clinical students. In 2007 she became a full time lecturer at Whanganui UCOL and Academic Leader of the Nurse Education Team in 2012.  

Carol says, “My focus is on UCOL’s regional communities in Whanganui and Wairarapa.  By taking a regional approach we can work closely with local health organisations.  For example, by working closely with Māori Health care providers we have gained clinical experience opportunities and more graduate employment options for our students.” 

“Another opportunity by working closely with a local DHB is the potential for our students and staff to attend the Hāpai te Hoe Education Programme. This is a cultural awareness programme that aims to support health professionals to have an awareness of values and beliefs important to Māori. These values are central to the care, delivery and the improved health outcomes for all people in our Regions,” she says.

Carol’s role also includes providing leadership for the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social & Community Services) with strands in mental health and addiction support (level 4).   “Programmes like this one raise skills like writing and provide a pathway to move onto degree level qualifications.” 

“UCOL has great student support services and Kaiawhinas, and together we can formulate individual study plans that enable students to gain the skills they need to become independent learners and to succeed.  UCOL’s personal tutor structure enables students to have one member of the Academic team to support them through their three years of degree study. 

Carol admits she sometimes misses the daily contact she had with her students as a lecturer but now has the advantage of developing the ‘big picture’. “I hold a responsibility as a member of the nursing profession, and I wish to continue that.  UCOL is well known for its great nursing programme and suite of health programmes. Our graduates are very employable and work ready and are well regarded by our DHBs and stakeholders.”

My reward is seeing our students at graduation and hearing about their success in employment and their first year of professional practice.”

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