Programme overview

Are you after a diverse and successful nursing career? Develop the skills to become a comprehensive, qualified, registered nurse, and an effective member of a health care team, by studying Unitec’s Bachelor of Nursing. You'll learn to assess, manage and communicate effectively with patients in hospitals and the local community, gain an understanding of medical and surgical nursing, and community and mental health as well as evaluate ethical dilemmas in clinical nursing practice and explore the role and application of technology in the health care environment.

Highlights

  • Graduate as a qualified nurse who is eligible to become registered once you've passed the exam set but the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Our programme is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • The only programme in West Auckland which prepares you for registration as a nurse
  • Focuses on meeting health challenges and maintaining commitment to evidence-based practice
  • Practice what you’ve learnt at the Waitakere Hospital Awhina Simulation Centre so you graduate confident in your skills and work-ready
  • Over the three years of your degree you’ll complete a minimum of 1100 hours of practice placements (approximately 200 days will be in practice settings). In your final year, you’ll work rostered nursing duties
  • A teaching team of experienced and multi-cultural staff, many of whom still work in clinical nursing practice
  • Access to computerised library databases and the internet to quickly access clinical reference tools
  • Practice placement experiences range in disciplines (from acute care, surgery and medicine to rehabilitation/disability, preventative care, mental health and primary care) and location (from Waitakere Hospital, North Shore Hospital, Starship Children’s Hospital and private surgical hospitals to the Mason Clinic, Rehab Plus, primary health care organisations and accident and medical clinics)

Notes

  • Applicants for this programme are required to complete a Self Declaration Form with their application.
  • Semester one of this programme is a Common Semester, where students from a range of health, social science and education programmes study together, giving you an understanding of where disciplines overlap and how they fit together. The Common Semester is delivered using a blended learning format, which includes regular face-to-face sessions with lecturers, workshops where you can practice tasks with your classmates and independent study using web-based resources. Read more about the Common Semester.

Are you a Registered Nurse wanting to return to nursing?

Return to Nursing/Transition to Practice (Competency Assessment) is a course designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses returning to contemporary nursing practice. You'll examine and apply current research and evidence-based knowledge and skills to make the transition to the role of competent beginning practitioner. By completing this Certificate of Proficiency, you're provided with the opportunity to meet legislative requirments for current nursing practice and an assessment of competence as required by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. 

If you're an internationally Registered Nurse, see our Nursing in Aotearoa (for Overseas Nurses) course.

Semester Two, 2016: the course will run from October 3rd to December 9th. Applications close September 2nd 2016.

Download the Return to Nursing information sheet and forms.

Download the Ministry of Justice third party request for criminal conviction history

Admission requirements

  • Have completed University Entrance which requires the following:
    • NCEA Level 3 including
      • 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in three different approved subjects
      • 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in one Science subject
      • 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Maori (5 in reading, 5 in writing)
      • 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau
  • Be able to participate in all clinical aspects of the programme.
  • Have a current First Aid Certificate from an OSH approved source.
  • Provide evidence of immune status.
  • Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form.
  • Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 including:
    • Provide two forms of ID and evidence of any name changes
    • Consent to a police vet check
    • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec or your placement provider can contact
    • If required, participate in an interview
    • If required, provide a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been or are a member of

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Successful completion of the Certificate in University Preparation or equivalent including international students

Candidates who have English as a second language must have achieved within the last two years, one or more of the following:

1. NZCEL (Academic) Level 5

2. Have an IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual band score lower than 6.5

3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test score of 575 (essay 4 TWE)

Entry Criteria

Courses and timetables

Please check back in December for timetable information for 2017.

Courses Credits Aim
Human Bioscience (HEAL5023) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) Examine the biological and chemical principles that govern the homeostatic functioning of the human body and to provide a basis for discussing the different modes of intervention encountered in all aspects of nursing practice.
Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (HEAL5026) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To facilitate the development of professional nursing identity and professional nursing practice. Students will be introduced to the fundamental skills of nursing practice and the contexts in which these are applied.
Knowledge for Professional Practice (HEAL5027) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to key nursing concepts and theories that underpin professional practice. Students will explore concepts of therapeutic communication in professional nursing relationships and the contexts in which these occur.
Contemporary Issues in Aotearoa New Zealand (HSDV5140) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course examines the influences of cultural, social, political and environmental factors in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Anatomy and Physiology (HSDV5141) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and physiology to contribute to a holistic understanding of the human body in its environment
Enquiry and Communication (HSDV5142) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces the principles of communication, knowledge construction, and academic literacy and develops scholarly skills in preparation for academic and professional practice
Human Development (HSDV5143) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides an understanding of the processes and influences on lifespan development. Developmental and communication theories are considered in relation to the developing individual from the time of conception to old age and death.
Courses Credits Aim
Nursing Practice - Older Adult (HEAL6011) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To prepare nurses who can competently care for individuals in a medical care setting within the New Zealand Health system. This course is based on the belief that nursing is essentially a practice discipline. It builds on, and enables the student to integrate knowledge from, the prerequisite and co-requisite papers. This knowledge draws from the empirico-analytic and interpretive paradigms. Interpretive enquiry seeks to understand and find meaning within the clinical experience. In this course, practice is valued and reflected upon. Nursing practice will reflect current research findings, and students will integrate nursing theories into a professional framework for beginning nursing practice.
Nursing Practice - Medical (HEAL6013) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To prepare nurses who can competently care for individuals in a medical care setting within the New Zealand Health system. This course is based on the belief that nursing is essentially a practice discipline. It builds on, and enables the student to integrate knowledge from, the prerequisite and co-requisite papers. This knowledge draws from the empirico-analytic and interpretive paradigms. Interpretive enquiry seeks to understand and find meaning within the clinical experience. In this course, practice is valued and reflected upon. Nursing practice will reflect current research findings, and students will integrate nursing theories into a professional framework for beginning nursing practice.
Nursing in the Community Aotearoa (HEAL6024) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course provides students with an opportunity to discuss and examine the critical influences and constraints which may influence public and community health nursing.
Intro to Research (HSDV6144) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course enables students to build on the skills developed in the introductory research skills course (HSDV5142 Enquiry and Communication) in order to be able to identify and critique research methodologies used in the discipline/context and develop intermediate level research skills.
Tauhokai Waiora (HSDV6241) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to Waiora Maori, and priorities and practices related to health, well-being and social development within the community as they apply to professional contexts.
Courses Credits Aim
Mental Health Praxis (HEAL7111) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS) To prepare students to competently care for individuals and their families in a mental health setting, provide the opportunities for students to consolidate previous learning, further develop skills of critical reflection at a beginning practitioner level, assist students to integrate theory and practice in nursing situations of increasing complexity, and to stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research and about health issues in a wide variety of contexts.
Primary Health Praxis (HEAL7112) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS) To develop the student’s critical understanding and analysis of the individual, whanau/family and community impact of long-term and/or complex health issues and the associated primary health nursing practice.
Acute Nursing Praxis - Surgery (HEAL7113) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS) To prepare students to competently care for individuals and their families in a surgical care setting, provide the opportunities for students to consolidate previous learning, further develop skills of critical reflection at a beginning practitioner level, assist students to integrate theory and practice in nursing situations of increasing complexity, and to stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research and about health issues in a wide variety of contexts.
Professional Nursing Practice - Transition (HEAL7116) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS) To prepare students to make the transition to the role of beginning practitioner, stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research in order to develop a culture of evidence based nursing practice, and to further develop the skills of enquiry, reflective practice and critical thinking and to enable students to demonstrate the competencies of the registered nurse scope of practice.
Courses Credits Aim
Asthma Nursing (HEAL7181) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver asthma education in primary, secondary and tertiary nursing practice.
COPD Nursing (HEAL7281) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the Registered Nurse with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver C.O.P.D. education in primary nursing practice settings.
Advanced Research (HSDV7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course provides students an opportunity to engage in designing and conducting an aspect of a negotiated research/study project relevant to the student’s discipline/context.