New system to streamline graduate employment.
Subject: Nursing students (Employment)
Nurses (Employment)
Pub Date: 04/01/2012
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: April, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 530 Labor force information
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 288872527
Full Text: A pilot project to develop and implement a nationally co-ordinated process for placing new graduate nurses in the 20 district health boards (DHBs) is expected to begin later this year. It will be funded through a Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) innovation grant and has been driven by the DHB directors of nursing (DoNs), supported by staff in the Ministry of Health's chief nurse office. The DHB chief executives signed off on the initiative last month.

The pilot aims to improve the process for placing new graduates into nurse-entry-to-practice (NETP) positions and to reduce the time DHBs spend on receiving and evaluating applications, thus making the whole process simpler for graduates. It will leverage off the systems and process already in use for recruiting and selecting registered medical officers--ACE (advanced choice of employment).

"At present, we have a system where graduates will sometimes apply to multiple DHBs," said chief nurse Jane O'Malley. "This means several DHBs might be processing applications for the same person and multiple offers might be made to that person. Under the web-based ACE system, which will be adapted to suit nursing requirements, applicants will make one application which will then be managed by one central co-ordinator."


The idea of developing a national process for recruiting new graduates and using the ACE system has been discussed by DHB DoNs and NETP coordinators for at least eight months. Advantages will include being able to provide a single, consistent national standard for graduates and being able to gather more accurate data about graduates and their employment. The ACE system will rank applicants based on a set of nationally agreed criteria. DHBs can then use their own interview or assessment process to determine which graduates they will employ. The system will match the applicants DHB preference with the DHBs' preference of applicants. All successful nursing graduates will receive a single job offer from a DHB they have ranked as one of their preferred workplaces. Graduates who are not selected will go back into the "talent pool" of candidates. This will allow better tracking of the number of graduates who do not get positions.

"Since I have been chief nurse, getting real time information about where nurses have graduated and where they are being employed has been very difficult. This new system will be a huge step forward and is testament to the will of the whole of sector to get a more effective system in place," O'Malley said.

O'Malley cautioned, however, that the work was only just beginning. "Getting up to 1000 new graduates onto the new database is a huge piece of work. This should begin about the middle of the year for interviews towards the end of the year and employment in the new year. But I am delighted to have reached this point at last."

HWNZ has agreed to fund the costs of setting up ACE for nursing ($47,000), and DHB Shared Services will fund the ongoing use of the programme. A project manager to co-ordinate the process and work with all the stakeholders is expected to be employed later this month.
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