Record Year For Accessible Nursing Degree

05 May 2016

Last year was a record year for one of Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s flagship qualifications. 

The Bachelor of Nursing had its best academic year in five years, with 52% of students employed before qualification completion. That number is expected to rise to around 90% by the end of this month.

Fuelling this success, 2015 also saw a greater number of Māori students graduating, and the smallest gap ever between the academic success of Māori and non-Māori students.

Planning to continue this upward trend with the class of 2016 and beyond, staff are looking at ways to enhance the opportunities available through the popular qualification and make the dream of being a nurse even easier to obtain for students.

“Some people need a bit of help before doing year one of the Bachelor of Nursing,” says Denise Riini, programme area lead and lecturer for nursing at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. 

“We identify these people early by opening enrolments almost 12 months before the qualification starts. Then, if students do need additional skills before beginning their bachelor’s degree, we can enrol them on the Certificate in Smart Study first. This allows for applicants to have the best opportunity to prepare themselves to enter the programme, from an academic and financial perspective.”

The six-month Certificate in Smart Study is primarily aimed at adults returning to education and provides a primer in tertiary studies where they will practice their writing, studying and learning skills in a tertiary environment. The programme also prepares students to more easily merge the tertiary timetable with their everyday life.

Once completed, the students emerge ready for their first semester of nursing studies the following January.

“This qualification provides a sustainable educational pathway inclusive of employment opportunities which are diverse locally, nationally and globally. Graduates that connect to whānau, hapu and iwi provide a valuable health resource for Māori.”

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