Enhancing skills and experience

Health professionals from across the lower North Island have two new opportunities to further their professional development through the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health.

The School was selected to provide a new graduate-level paper in the Nurse Entry to Practice programme—a national initiative that sees newly registered nurses receive structured support during their first year in the workforce. Around 100 nurses from the Whanganui, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast district health boards form the inaugural cohort, and they are expected to complete the programme in 2013.

The School has also introduced a new clinical Master’s qualification for midwives. The Master of Health Care in Midwifery Practice is the only clinically based coursework Master’s degree in midwifery in New Zealand.