Unitec nursing graduates work right around the world. In child health, aged care, acute hospital care, rehabilitation, mental health and primary healthcare. There are many in nursing research too. Some train the next generation of nurses. But wherever they work, they all share a passion to improve people's health and wellbeing.
We're the main nursing educator in West auckland. Actually, our programmes are the only ones in Waitakere that lead to registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. In other words, we're pretty much it if you want to become a Registered Nurse, an enrolled Nurse, or are looking for professional development for nurses.
Lectures are just the beginning. Don't just sit back and listen. Be active: ask questions, solve problems and treat real patients in your clinical practice settings. And there'll be a few clinical placements – it's a key part of our nursing programmes.
You might visit places like the North Shore or Waitakere Hospital, the Mason Clinic, Rehab Plus, private surgical hospitals and primary healthcare organisations.
Bachelor of Nursing and Diploma in enrolled Nursing students also spend many hours at the Education and Practice Simulation Centre at Waitakere Hospital, thanks to our links with the Waitemata District Health Board. It's a high-tech, simulated hospital environment, which is close to the real world of nursing practice and provides you with a safe place to practise your nursing skills.
There'll be plenty of technology too. Use the internet and computerised library databases, or access online nursing resources like Mosby's Nursing Consult and Mosby's Nursing Skills. We're also working with medical publishing giant elsevier to make Mosby's more relevant to the Pacific Rim.
If you're just starting out:
Bridgepoint foundation education programmes will get you ready to apply for certificate, diploma or degree level study. Find out more about Bridgepoint programmes on offer.
To qualify as a Registered Nurse:
- Bachelor of Nursing – 3 years full-time including 200 days in practice placements and at least 1100 hours of designated nursing practice.
To qualify as an Enrolled Nurse:
- Diploma in Enrolled Nursing – 18-months full-time including clinical courses in different healthcare settings.
- Master of Health Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Clinical Management)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Education & Supervision)
- Short courses: update sessions for Registered Nurses and other health professionals, including diabetes update, wound care update, preceptor workshop, cultural safety – tikanga best practice.
If you want a career in mental health:
- National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support - 40 weeks full-time, a mix of classes and work placements.
Internationally qualified nurses:
- Nursing in Aotearoa - an 8 week course to enable overseas registered nurses to meet the requirements for registration as a nurse in New Zealand.
Last edited: 25 February 2014