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New Course Addresses Nursing Shortage

New Course Addresses Nursing Shortage

In response to staff shortages in nursing, Waiariki Institute of Technology has launched a new programme, Nursing in New Zealand. This programme provides education for New Zealand registered nurses who have had a period of absence from practice, and overseas registered nurses seeking New Zealand registration to demonstrate competency to practice, meet Nursing Council of New Zealand standards and gain employment.

Patrea Andersen, Programme Co-ordinator says, “The Nursing in New Zealand programme provides a supportive learning environment for registered nurses entering practice giving them the knowledge and confidence they need to incorporate clinical innovation and technology into their practice.”

The programme is full time and extends over 4-8 weeks depending on registration status. As well as theory, students undertake clinical experience in local hospitals. All successful graduates receive a Certificate in Nursing in New Zealand, which provides evidence for prospective employers that they have demonstrated the required level of competence for beginning nursing practice.

“The first programme was offered in partnership with Pacific Health,” says Shayne Scarlett, course Tutor. “The huge support given to us by Tauranga Public Hospital shows the importance the healthcare industry places on this type of re-training”.

A second programme is being offered and is due to start on July 28 in Rotorua. Clinical experience for participants will be gained in both Rotorua and Tauranga hospitals. Anyone wishing to enroll or know more about the course should contact Mandy Hunt, Student Advisor and Registrar on 0800 WAIARIKI (924 274).

Editor’s Notes

Waiariki was established in 1978 and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary. It is one of New Zealand’s largest provincial tertiary institutes, with over 6,000 full-time and part-time students at campuses in Rotorua, Taupo, Tokoroa and Whakatane.

Course Information Patrea Andersen Department of Nursing & Health Studies Waiariki Institute of Technology Tel: 07 346 8999 Email: patrea.andersen@waiariki.ac.nz

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