Record 2015 Nursing Results Create High Potential For 2017 Enrolments

04 Jul 2016

Last year was a record one for Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s flagship Bachelor of Nursing programme and this year is already shaping up to follow that trend.

Not only did more students in 2015 receive job offers before their graduation, but the vast majority were employed as registered nurses (RNs) by the end of last month.

The numbers tell the story:

  • In November 2015, 52% of students graduating in 2015 had received job offers as RNs.
  • As of 31 March 2016, 82% were working as RNs.
  • As at 31 May, that number rose to 86%.
  • By the end of June, 90% were working as RNs.

It’s not uncommon for our year-three students to be head-hunted shortly before they complete their degree studies, as the hospitals and other healthcare employers race to lure the best registered nurses available. By this time, they have gotten to know the students while they were on placement and working directly with patients, under supervision, and with healthcare professionals at all levels.

Also in 2015, more Māori students completed the nursing degree, and the institute celebrated the closing gap between Māori student success and all other learners within the programme: it was at its lowest at 2%. The nursing team attributes this to the continued embedding of a new bicultural curriculum and strengthening the institute’s tuakana-teina model of student support.

If you’re keen to work in the healthcare industry and want the confidence that you’ll be one of Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s highly sought-after graduates of, contact us today – seats in our new $10.2 million Health and Science Centre are filling fast.

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