Pawandeep 'Lucky' Kaur
IT was a long journey for Pawandeep 'Lucky' Kaur to get her overseas nursing training recognised in New Zealand but, she says, it was worth the wait.
Raised and trained in the northern Indian city of Balachaur, Lucky says she had always been a caring person so, for her, nursing was a natural path to take.
After graduating with a Bachelors degree in 2009, Lucky tutored in a nursing college and worked in a maternity hospital which, with 2500 beds, was considered to be “a small one” in her home city.
But she always wanted to explore the world so, in 2011, she relocated to New Zealand where she underwent a tangled process of registration that involved further training; work caring for both the elderly and disabled; even more study at the Eastern Institute of Technology; and, finally, to nursing.
Lucky started by working in general practice under Tairawhiti District Health Board's programme Nurses Entry To Practice, all the while trying to maintain contact with her parents and two siblings back home -- an aim only complicated by the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
But she says her professional reward came in early 2021 when she took on a full-time role at Three Rivers Medical.
“So it has been a long journey but it was all worth it . . . I'm so glad I did not give up,” says Lucky who, in addition to general nursing skills, is qualified in specialist areas including smear taking and infection control, and is studying issues linked with diabetes.
“In my role at Three Rivers the work is challenging and interesting, you never know what – or who – is going to come through the doors.
“Every day you are dealing with something new and meeting new people, and that's why I wanted to work in practice nursing in the first place."
(Approved by Lucky 16/4/21)