The new head of EIT's nursing school Jennifer Roberts is following in the footsteps of her recently retired mother Dr Susan Jacobs, who was the longstanding health faculty dean.
Robert's own association with the school began in 1996 when joined the first Bachelor of Nursing degree intake on the Hawke's Bay school's campus.
After graduating, she worked in clinical roles in New Zealand and Australian hospitals. It was while supervising undergraduate and graduate nurses as associate clinical development nurse at Melbourne Private Hospital that Roberts decided on a career in nurse education.
She joined EIT as a senior lecturer in 2009, by which time her mother was dean of the Faculty of Health and Sport Science (Jacobs was Executive Dean of education, humanities and health science when she retired this year after starting at the nursing school as associate head in 1986).
Roberts has since obtained her Master of Nursing and is currently completing her doctoral degree in education, which is looking at nursing schools' preparedness and experience of working with Māori nursing students.
She says her mother’s role modelling has helped her meet the challenges involved in balancing the demands of her new role while managing family commitments.