June Micolob - Kalandra Lecturer
June has been on the teaching staff at Kalandra since August 2019 and lectures on the following programmes:
- Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) (Level 3)
- The Palliative Support Training Scheme and
- The Dementia Care Training Scheme
June believes that caring for others is a noble career where not only skills, but values are important if a Health Carer is to excel. June says, “It isn’t just about the tasks, it is about how these tasks are performed” and she ensures that values of respect and thoughtfulness are incorporated into all aspects of her classes.
After many years in the sector with a breadth of practical experience across nursing and aged care, and as a coordinator for a Health Care Bureau, teaching has now become her priority. She loves imparting health care learning to others – particularly those who are retraining and new to the sector, commenting that new learners are usually surprised by how much is involved in the training.
Growing up in the Philippines, where nursing is widely viewed as a desirable career, June graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010 and then passed the Nurse Licensure Exam the following year. She came to New Zealand in 2016 to enrol in the Level 4 National Certificate in Health, Disability, and Aged Support (Core Competencies), at a former training institute co-owned by Kalandra CE Dr Christine Clark. While undertaking her clinical practice at Somerset Manukau, June was quickly offered an employee position. Christine says this was because June “was the most diligent of students who provided the greatest care to the workplace clients.” Working there for 2 years, caring for patients in hospital, rest home and residential care, June gained additional Dementia and Palliative experience. She comments that “Dementia clients are lovely to care for, sharing their lives and challenging the carer to come up with different solutions and provide a holistic approach to their care. Working with Palliative clients, who also love to share their lives requires a carer to be resourceful and creative, providing comfort and care that maintains their well-being.”
June feels that Health caring is a career that is as rewarding for the Carer as it is for the people they care for, saying that the feedback and thanks from clients is something she has really valued throughout her career. As a lecturer June ensures students in her online classes are provided with the same level of communication and support that students would receive in a face to face classroom situation, also encouraging them to form social groups within each cohort so students can experience camaraderie and support from their peers.
Christine adds “as a former student, offering June a teaching position at Kalandra has been heart-warming. As a much-valued and respected team member June continues to be diligent and caring, sharing this with her students and our staff.”
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