Rachel Penny

  • Rachel Penny

JOB: Registered Nurse, Waiatarau Unit, Waitakere Hospital

QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Nursing

"I really love my job. I’ve always been interested in mental health. I had already had a practice placement here while I was studying the Bachelor of Nursing at Unitec and I really enjoyed it. When I finished my Bachelor of Nursing, I applied for the Mental Health New Graduate Internship, which includes a rotation at Waiatarau. I love the fact that the work we do here is so client-centred and recovery-focused. During the day I work with patients, contribute to care plan writing, liaise with key workers and take part in multi-disciplinary team meetings.

The Bachelor of Nursing sets you up so well for a career in nursi ng – you can hit the ground running in the workplace. There was such an emphasis on current nursing knowledge, evidence-based practice policies and procedures, and everyone is very supportive and professional."