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Stories shared at Southern Institute of Technology nursing anniversary

A new building, new uniform and new technology, but still the same passion for helping people.

Forty years ago Pat Goodwill was one of the first tutors to teach nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology and she says the quality of care is still strong at the institute.

There were two other tutors who she worked alongside in 1978.

On Thursday, she attended the 40th anniversary of nursing at SIT, where she planted an apple tree with a current student to symbolise knowledge, and shared stories with people involved in the institution in the past and present.

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It had been a lovely day catching up with some old faces and hearing people’s stories, she said.

About 60 people attended.

Goodwill was a tutor at the institute for three years – but revisiting the place again there were many changes, she said.

In her time the uniforms were different, there was less technology and the building had been upgraded from the “freezing huts” they used to work in.

When she moved to New Zealand from London 44 years ago, she taught at Southland Hospital for three years before the change to SIT.

“I was teaching students all the time on the ward and I enjoyed it,” she said.

“It was lots of fun. The students were lovely and so excited about the new programme and so were we [as tutors].”

At 18 years old Goodwill followed in her mothers footsteps and started training as a nurse at a busy hospital in Glasgow in 1951 with thousands of beds.

“It’s very satisfying and I’ve loved nursing. I never wanted to do anything else … I just enjoy people,” she said.

“You’ve got to have a lot of empathy and understanding. As I grew older the job was more satisfying.”

She worked in the industry up to 65 years old.

SIT nurse educator Jess Domigan said from humble beginnings, the school of nursing had “grown to be the jewel in the crown” of SIT programmes.

Graduates were sought after, with the national employment rate being 70 per cent but at SIT it was 95 per cent, she said.

The school has about 200 students in the Bachelor of Nursing programme, 20 students in the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing programme and 75 students in the post graduate programme, and also offers a foundation skills course for health career programmes.

Year 3 bachelor of nursing student Paige Gilmore said talking to past tutors and students was reassuring that they were on the right path. 

She got into nursing to help people, she said.