Waiariki nursing course to end.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nursing schools (Curricula)
Pub Date: 08/01/2012
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: August, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 7
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 301648863
Full Text: Waiariki Institute of Technology's Bachelor of Nursing for Registered Nurses (BNRN) course will be scrapped from next year, after students on the course had to fight this year to stay on track to receive their nursing registrations. A similar course at UCOL in Palmerston North will also no longer be offered. Neither course includes clinical practice, nor can guarantee nurses will gain regsitration in New Zealand.

The Nursing Council reviewed the one-year Waiariki course for overseas-trained nurses last year and found it was below the standard required to gain registration. Waiariki chief executive Keith Ikin said the removal of the programme had to happen, at least until they could gain better assurance for their future students. International students in the BNRN course this year must complete an extra block course and assessment at the end of the year to meet the Nursing Council standard.

A decision was yet to be made about the future of Waiariki's second pathway course for international nursing students, the graduate certificate in infection prevention and control, Ikin said. About 300 affected students and recent graduates on this course still have no strong solutions put forward to them, with many likely to miss out on becoming RNs this year.

In an interview with Rotorua's Daily Post, Nursing Council chief executive Carolyn Reed said the council's role was to protect public safety. "All nurses registering in New Zealand, whether new graduates or overseas-registered nurses, are required to meet the same standard."

She said they had offered the infection prevention and control students solutions to lift them out of their current predicament, such as retraining completely or registering as an enrolled nurse. However, these offers had not yet been taken up.
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