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Interview with Team Leader Akata Parker

Published on: 27 July, 2018

“Vinaka Vakalevu POLHN for your free courses which has allowed me to change my life style and to become more health conscious!” – Akata Parker, Nurse, Tamavua Rehabilitation Centre

Akata Parker is a nurse and team leader at the Tamavua Rehabilitation Centre in Fiji. She recently caught up with POLHN to share some of her experiences with continuing professional development.

Tell us something about your work and yourself.

I am a Team Leader for Tamavua Rehabilitation Centre. I love what I do and I do what I love! Nursing is a very rewarding career. It is an ongoing learning opportunity. Every single day is different and allows me to improve my skills and knowledge.

How did you find out about Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN)?

I heard about POLHN long time ago. When I was studying, I didn’t take the initiative to look up POLHN initially. But this year since I wasn’t chosen to attend any workshop, and so I had to complete my CDP, one way or the other. That’s when I was advised by my fellow nurses to take up POLHN. When I completed the first certificate, I was so empowered to continue. When I found out it was worth 1 point, I was reluctant to continue, but since it was so informative, I continued and am so happy and joyful that I did.

What topics have you studied with POLHN?

What do you like best about studying with POLHN?

It has provided me with more knowledge and understanding about the cases, I manage in the hospital. It has broadened my knowledge in providing more informative health education to patients, especially the salt part. The hospital puts no salt in its food and most patients complain the food is tasteless. At home, I have reduced my salt intake in my cooking, at first there were some disagreements but now my family understands. I buy only fruits and less snacks now. When my family attends a gathering my 9 year old son is commenting that the meal has so much salt. That is definitely a bonus to me and POLHN too. A healthy life style will lead to a healthy life.

Why did you take POLHN courses?

To further my knowledge and skills in management of patients in the ward. I deal with stroke patients and this knowledge gained will allow me to help prevent another incident from reoccurring. It would also help me complete my CDP in a timely manner to be licensed to practice.

What advice do you have for others?

POLHN is the way forward. Vinaka Vakalevu POLHN for your free courses which has allowed me to change my life style and to become more health conscious.