Health & Support Services
Are you interested in your own and other people’s health? Do you like to assist others in the community? Then Health and Support Services might be for you!
You will be working on the NMIT campus developing the skills needed to work in the health and support services sector. You will gain knowledge of community services and resources, infection control practices, how to provide a safe environment, and gain insight into consumer rights in the health care setting. You will also learn skills to appropriately communicate with consumers of health care, and support persons with disabilities. As part of this programme you will visit health providers throughout the region, including Nelson hospital, rest homes and other support services.
Give it a go and see if Health and Support Services is for you!
Time: 9am to 2.30pm Fridays
Location: NMIT Nelson
Pathways + Opportunities
- Employment within the industry
- NZ Certificate in Study & Career Preparation (Health) L4*
- NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing L3 & L4*
- Bachelor of Nursing*
* Available locally at NMIT
Libby enrolled in the Health & Support Services programme as she’s keen to study towards a nursing degree once she finishes school. Her long term goal is to work in the primary health sector as a mental health nurse.
“One of the highlights of the programme have been the visits to Nelson Hospital, meeting with health professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists and nutritionists. We’ve also had the opportunity to look around the Emergency Department and meet with health managers and doctors.”
Another highlight has been the opportunity to work in NMIT’s state of the art clinical nursing classrooms. “The quality of the equipment at NMIT is fantastic. We wear real hospital scrubs and get to do practical activities in a very realistic hospital environment – we even have patient dummies to practice on! The course is really hands-on and you’re fully immersed in everything to do with the health sector. Our tutor Angela gives us lots of practical activities to keep everyone interested and on track.”
For Libby the Health & Support Services programmes has opened the door to opportunities within the health sector and the different career pathways available – including options that she hadn’t thought about before. She also enjoys being treated like an adult when she’s at NMIT on Fridays and meeting other students from different schools and making new friends.
Elli began considering nursing as a future career after supporting a family member through illness. She found out about the Health & Support Services programme from her teacher at school and thought that this would be a good opportunity to learn more about the health sector and study options. Being part of the programme has confirmed her decision to enrol in a nursing degree at NMIT once she finishes school.
Elli has enjoyed the practical nature of the course and the range of subjects that are covered. Her highlight so far has been working in the laboratories at NMIT. “Our tutor is so lovely. She makes the course fun, with lots of activities and conversations. It’s definitely not all paperwork! Everything we do is really achievable and the tutor is always available for help. Being part of this course has made me much more confident.”