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Waikato Initiatives to beat nursing shortgages

MEDIA RELEASE
March 11 2008

Waikato Initiatives to beat nursing shortgages


Health Waikato is running an Information Day at Waikato Hospital on Friday, March 14.

The aim is two-fold : to attract registered nurses who have left their careers to have families back to work and to attract more nurses into training.

The expo will give attendees the chance to work with medical equipment, tour different hospital wards and be observe the diverse and interesting aspects of the profession.

Waikato DHB recruits at least 45 Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) nursing graduates every year. The campaign focuses on an opportunity to make a contribution to nursing while earning a good salary. Nurses' wages start from $41,000 per year.

There is a nationwide shortage of nurses. Last year Waikato DHB and Wintec joined forces to promote nursing as a career. Nurses, midwives and occupational therapists are in demand throughout the country.

For over twenty-five years Wintec has provided nursing programmes which have both a national and international reputation. Registered Nurses who graduate from the School of Health are "fit for purpose" competent practitioners. These Registered Nurses are successful in gaining employment locally, nationally and internationally.

The Bachelor of Nursing programme at Wintec provides a unique curriculum within New Zealand, being the only nursing programme to offer a series of pathways which students choose mid way through their programme and follow to the point of completion. The pathways provide a strong clinical focus in Medical/Surgical Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Primary Healthcare Nursing, these pathways developed with industry stakeholders, provide our students with a clearer career focus within these specialties, thus enhancing their employment opportunities. Wintec’s School of Health also offers a Bachelor of Midwifery, Natural Therapies, Tihei Mauri Ora philosophy and post graduate studies

Health Waikato's Information Day will take place from 9.30-11.30am and 1-2.30pm in level one of Waikato Hospital's Entry Building.

ENDS


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