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Careers in nursing

Registered nurse

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, as it is focused on supporting people, families and communities to manage a wide range of health challenges. Nurses are involved in all areas of health care and can choose to specialise in particular areas, such as intensive care, community mental health, aged care, or child and adolescent nursing. They can also become a specialist in particular conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory care or cancer nursing. Nurses can also choose to develop careers in health management, research and teaching.

What do I study?

Massey University’s high quality nursing programmes are nationally and internationally recognised and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Students who have completed Massey’s Bachelor of Nursing, can apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. This will involve passing the state final examination.

Nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and the demonstrated competence and legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners work autonomously and in collaborative teams, providing a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and prescribing medicines.

What do I study?

To become a nurse practitioner you must be a registered nurse, have four years practice experience in your area of expertise, and complete the Master of Nursing which includes the Prescribing for Nurse Practitioner Practice practicum.

Massey’s Master of Nursing (MN) prepares you for a range of clinical leadership roles in specialty areas, education, management or research. Our nurse practitioner (NP) pathway is approved by the Nursing Council and meets the education requirements for registration as a NP.

Nurse Practitioner Training Programme

This training programme seeks to increase coordination between potential Nurse Practitioners (NPs), their employers, tertiary education providers, and New Zealand Nursing Council. The aim is to align and promote NP preparation, registration and employment into a seamless pathway.

The pathway is taught in a sequence that systematically builds the competencies required for NPs by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. The requirements for the entire Master of Nursing are made up of three consecutive qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing, Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing and Master of Nursing.

The Nurse Practitioner Training Programme is funded by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ). Applications to apply for selected entry open in October each year.

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