Nurses are in demand. Here in New Zealand and overseas. And 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 even 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.
A healthy dose of work experience
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. Which means frequent visits at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, the Mason Clinic, Rehab Plus, private surgical hospitals and primary healthcare organisations.
Bachelor of 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. Pretty close to the real world of nursing practice. But most importantly, a safe place to practise nursing skills.
It has everything you’d find in a hospital: an acute assessment room, an operating theatre, a critical care unit, a simulation ward, a community bed-sit and interview rooms. And because this is nursing training, there’s also an audio-visual control room to tape and analyse what you’re doing.
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. With New Zealand accents and Kiwi terms. And perhaps even featuring Department of Nursing staff.
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 (Mental Health Support Work) - 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: 22 April 2013