Nursing Across the Ages

by Sean N. Bennett

Henry Taylor

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Figure 1. Henry Taylor (Photo taken by Josh Seiuli - JS Photography. Apia)

Home and Family

Henry Taylor was born May 2, 1982, in Motootua, Apia, Island of Upolu in Western Samoa. He was welcomed to the world by his mother, Epenesa Luamanuvae Fepuleai Tuimaseve Fuea, and his father, Pulusi Taylor. His mother grew up in Vaitoloa, Apia, while his father was in Pata Falelatai Apia. While they were still together, his mother was a stay-at-home mom, and his father worked as a painter. They were divorced and both remarried. His mother remarried Tuimaseve Fuea, who is a member of Parliament. His father remarried and moved to New Zealand. Henry is ninth of ten children.

  1. Losefa (M)
  2. John (M)
  3. Fitai Feula (M)
  4. Lovely (twin1/F)
  5. Leonia (twin2/F)
  6. Palamo (M)
  7. Aveina Suilagi (F)
  8. Tulia Nia (F)
  9. Henry
  10. Junior (M)
  11. Henry says, "I'm very close to my siblings, I consider myself a role model, and I do anything and everything for my siblings. I'm a momma's boy. I would say everything was for her when she was alive, and up until now, I do everything in remembrance of her."

    Figure 2. A Photo of Henry and his mother. (Facebook)

    Figure 3. A photo of Henry and his family. (Facebook)

    Schooling (Primary-University)

    Primary School

    Henry attended Lepea Primary School, from ages 1-8, in the village of, Upolu Apia. His favorite subject in school was learning English. He loved the comparison of the pronunciation between English and Samoan. When Henry was young, he always wanted to be a teacher. During his young school age, he describes his favorite activities as "Tree Climbing, getting hurt, and playing outdoors and enjoying his mother's cooking." Henry had a best friend growing up named Owen Ah Ching, and they still keep in touch. He says they are much more mature now but remain friends.

    Nursing School

    Henry attended the only nursing school in Samoa, the National University of Samoa in 2000 and graduated that same year with a certificate in nursing. Once certified, he had the option to work as a nurse's aide or continue his studies for the following three years to become an R.N. Desiring to help care for his family financially, Henry wanted to continue his studies but worked as an enrolled nurse/nurse's aide in 2001 where he could make a maximum salary of $7000 Tala per year ($2586.88 USD). As a nurse's aide, Henry was vigilant and passionate about performing anything required of him. They were short-staffed, so he had many opportunities to work and learn things he never knew about nursing. Being well loved by his superiors and managers, Henry was recommended for the new Bachelor of Nursing program launched in 2002 by the National University.

    This University was established in 1984 by an act of Parliament. The first class of 45 students graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 1987 (NUS, 2015). After years of growth, the already existing School of Nursing by the Department of Health merged to create the University's Bachelor of Nursing program. There are structures and guidelines that students must follow to be admitted to the nursing program. The admission process goes as follows, "An applicant shall be eligible to be admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing if that applicant has: a) Foundation Certificate (Nursing) or Foundation Certificate(Science) or equivalent or b) Passed the Diploma in Nursing 100 level courses with not less than 65% in each course or c) On account of age, academic background and the nature of his/her employment or occupation, a reasonable chance of completing the program, or d) Qualified for Admission with Standing see Statute on Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit," (NUS, 2015). The program consists of 24 courses completed in 3 years. Their program offers two tracks: full-time (4 courses per semester) or part-time (2 courses per semester) (NUS, 2015).

    Year 1 consists of: Years 2 and 3 are in depth study of nursing.

    Year 2 courses are:

    Year 3 courses are: