Nursing services in student health clinics in New Zealand tertiary education institutes
Ngā ratonga tapuhi i ngā whare haumanu ākonga i ngā whare wānanga taumata tuatoru o Aotearoa
Sheree Robertson, RN, PGDipHSc, MN, Occupational Health South Ltd, Invercargill, NZ
Shona Thompson, RN, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Reference: Robertson, S., & Thompson, S. (2019). Nursing services in student health clinics in New Zealand tertiary education institutes. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 35(2), 7-17.
The role of the on-campus health nurse in New Zealand tertiary institutes has evolved in recent years, especially with increased numbers of international student enrolments. Universities and polytechnics are well placed to provide accessible health care services for tertiary students, but little is known about what services are provided. The aim of this research was to find out what nursing services are available to students in health clinics in New Zealand’s tertiary education institutes and how the clinics are structured. Nurses practicing in 16 of the possible 22 New Zealand tertiary education institutes with student health services were surveyed using the software tool SurveyMonkey©. Results revealed a workforce of older, experienced nurses who mostly identified as being team leaders or managers, who offered a wide range of student health services. The three services which required most nurses’ time related to sexual health, mental health and health education. For international students, mental health (including anxiety and stress) and loneliness/homesickness were the most common issues. Nurses’ responses to questions about changes frequently included the words “more” and “increased”, indicating the growing demand pressures on nurses working in tertiary student health clinics. Sexual and mental health were the most time-consuming issues dealt with by the nurses, with few differences reported between domestic and international students.
Ngā ariā matua
Kua rerekē haere te mahi o te tapuhi hōpuni whare wānanga i ngā whare wānanga taumata tuatoru i Aotearoa i ēnei tau tata, otirā nā te pikinga o ngā tāngata tomo mai i tāwāhi kua tino rerekē. He rawe te āhei o ngā whare wānanga me ngā kura takiura ki te hora ratonga hauora wātea ki ngā ākonga taumata tuatoru, engari he iti noa iho te mōhio ki ngā momo ratonga e horaina ana. Te whāinga ia o te rangahau he kimi he aha ngā momo ratonga tapuhi e wātea ana ki ngā ākonga i ngā whare haumanu i ngā whare wānanga taumata tuatoru o Aotearoa, he pēhea hoki te hanga o ngā whare haumanu nei. I uia ētahi tapuhi e mahi ana i ngā whare wānanga taumata tuatoru 16 o Aotearoa o te 22 ka taea, e mahi ana i roto i ngā ratonga hauora ākonga, nā te whakamahi i te taputapu pūmanawa e kīa nei ko SurveyMonkey©. E ai ki ngā hua i puta, he kāhui mahi pakeke tonu, tautōhito tonu i reira, ko te nuinga i kī he kaihautū, he kaiwhakahaere rātou, e hora ana i te matahuhua o ngā ratonga hauora ākonga. Ko ngā ratonga i tino arongia, i pau hoki te tāima nui, ko ērā e pā ana ki te hauora taihemahema, te hauora hinengaro me te akoranga hauora. Mō ngā ākonga ā-ao, ko ngā raruraru i auau tonu te puta ake ko te hauora hinengaro (ko te āwangawanga me te kōhukihuki tētahi wāhanga) me te mokemoke/kōingo ki te wā kāinga. I roto i ngā whakautu a ngā tapuhi ki ngā pātai mō ngā huringa i ēnei tau, i puta tonu ngā kupu ‘nui atu’, ‘kua piki ake’ hoki, hei waitohu ēnei i te pikinga ake o ngā tono ki ngā tapuhi e mahi ana i ngā whare haumanu ākonga mātauranga tuatoru. Ko te hauora taihemahema, hinengaro ngā raruraru tino whakapau wā i mahia e ngā tapuhi, ā, he iti noa te rerekētanga o te pānga o ēnei ki ngā ākonga o te motu nei, o tāwāhi hoki
Keywords / Ngā kupu matua
Nursing / mahi tapuhi, student health clinics / whare haumanu ākonga, tertiary students / ākonga mātauranga tuatoru, sexual health / hauora taihemahema, mental health / hauora hinengaro, international students / ākonga ā-ao