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Bachelor of Nursing Māori students ready to tackle their health careers

The third cohort of graduands from the Bachelor of Nursing Māori programme at Whitireia will be celebrating their success at a graduation ceremony this week at the Porirua campus.

The ceremony will take place in the state-of-the-art health education training facility, Wikitoria Katene, starting at 1pm, with all graduands and staff in academic regalia.

This will be a very special day for these students said Willis Katene, Dean, Faculty of Te Wānanga Māori. "The ceremony will be very much about whanau with a number attending to support and celebrate the success of these students as they journey into their chosen nursing career.”

Whitireia is proud of every student graduating it will be a great day of celebration for all involved said Don Campbell, Chief Executive, Whitireia. “This ceremony is one of the highlights of our academic calendar for 2014. The accomplishments of these students reflect their own efforts and our commitment to helping them reach their potential.”

Every student from this cohort has been successful in obtaining their Whitireia Bachelor of Nursing Māori and passing their nursing state final examinations, gaining them New Zealand registered nurse status. This 100% pass rate is very pleasing said Dr Kathryn Holloway, Dean Faculty of Health at Whitireia. “These results show that we are delivering and turning out some of the best nursing professionals in the country.”

The Bachelor of Nursing Māori programme was launched in 2009. It prepares graduates to address the health needs of Māori and the general population. The distinct skill-set required by Māori nurses is acknowledged in the programme and is reflected in the curriculum design, teaching, learning and the support environment for students. Graduates will contribute significantly to the health needs of Māori and all New Zealanders by being able to walk confidently and competently in both worlds.

The programme is unique; it situates itself in the rohe of Ngāti Toa and is supported by the tangata whenua and tauahere. It spans two facilities at Whitireia, Te Wānanga Māori and the Faculty of Health. This ensures that both nursing and cultural skill sets, expertise and knowledge are supported.

The Bachelor of Nursing Māori is a three year, full-time programme which starts in February. Enrol now for study in 2015.


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