A collaboration to tackle the nursing shortage in Northland

3 July 2019

A collaboration to tackle the nursing shortage in Northland

NorthTec is proud to announce a collaboration with the Northland District Health Board to help previous Registered Nurses back into nursing, as demand for nurses grows across Te Tai Tokerau region.

Dr Bev Mackay, Nursing Pathway Manager at NorthTec, says an agreement was signed by the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards (DHBs) and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation to address the nursing workforce shortage across New Zealand.

“One of the strategies developed was to support re-employment of Registered Nurses who have left the workforce, for whatever reason. We wish to contact and encourage Registered Nurses living in Northland, who do not have a current practising certificate, to re-enter the workforce.”

NorthTec’s Return to Nursing programme will focus solely on supporting Registered Nurses back into practice, with an adapted, flexible programme offering a part-time option for clinical placement over four to six weeks. Tutors will also provide one-to-one support in clinical placements and online.

Dee Telfer, Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Northland District Health Board, says the DHB will be able to offer graduates either full-time or part-time employment across Northland. 

“As one of the largest employers of Registered Nurses in Northland, the District Health Board benefits from the strong partnership with NorthTec, our preferred provider of nursing education.”

She says the support for nurses carries on after the completion of study: “We host supportive return-to-work programmes with intensive orientation and mentoring. There are also ongoing opportunities to continue your professional development either in-house or through postgraduate study.”

To be eligible for the programme, applicants need to have been a New Zealand Registered Nurse and out of nursing practice for no more than 10 years, and be able to produce a letter of verification of prior registration from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

For further information, please contact Anne Clubb, Competency Assessment Coordinator at NorthTec. Ph: 027 555 4562 or Email: aclubb@northtec.ac.nz


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