NorthTec nursing students ace state exams!

16 December 2016

NorthTec nursing students ace state exams!

For the second time this year, NorthTec’s nursing students have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in their tough State Final Nursing exams.

A group of 40 students who recently completed their Bachelor of Nursing sat their state exams in November, enabling them to become Registered Nurses.

All 40 passed with flying colours, including 17 Māori students, one of the largest groups of NorthTec-trained Māori nursing graduates to pass in one sitting.

The 100 per cent pass rate repeated the feat achieved by the cohort which completed their studies midway through this year. NorthTec’s nursing degree is so popular that there are two intakes each year, one in semester one, which starts each February, and the other in semester two, which gets under way in July.

The State Final Nursing exams are the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s qualification for nursing registration, and are sat by new graduates from all around the country.

NorthTec nursing tutor, Jeanette Briscoe, said the majority of the group had gained employment with Northland District Health Board or were working in primary and mental healthcare positions in the mid and Far North.

She said: “I am delighted that all our graduates have passed their state exams at their first attempt, for the second time this year. On behalf of the NorthTec nursing department I would like to congratulate all the students from 2016 who have worked so hard to gain both their degree and their state qualification. It’s also really pleasing to see so many of our Māori students qualify and take their skills into our communities.”

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