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Associate Professor Bridget Kool Associate Professor Bridget Kool

Pacific Island nursing undergraduates have a helping hand with their studies, thanks to an award by Associate Professor Bridget Kool and her family.

The undergraduate award of $1,500 per year is to be awarded to a Pacific Island nursing student in years 1-3 of the programme and will start around the end of the first quarter. The award will be made each year for the next five years and was welcomed by Professor Sandie McCarthy, head of the School of Nursing.

Associate Professor Kool says during her years working as a registered nurse, she had the privilege of working alongside some amazing Pacific Island nurses. “I know that many of our current nursing students face significant financial hardship as they juggle study, family life and other commitments.  I felt I was at a time in my career when I was in a position to give back to the profession that has provided me with a varied, rewarding and fulfilling career. The scholarship to support Pacific nursing students felt like the right fit.”

Professor McCarthy says there is a big need for scholarships and awards for undergraduate nurses, with  a variety of factors coming into play, noting the majority of undergraduate nurses are studying full-time which limits opportunities for income.

FMHS notes there is a growing and welcome trend for staff to give donations to the Faculty honouring its 50-year celebrations in 2018.

Associate Professor is Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences with research interests in falls, injury epidemiology, alcohol and injuries, and trauma outcomes.  Previously she was at the School of Population Health as a Senior Lecturer in evidence for best practice (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Academic Director for the School.