Nursing Workforce Resources
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The Nursing workforce is critical to the delivery of healthcare services for New Zealanders. In this section you will find resources relating to the Nursing workforce.
The 20 District Health Boards’ (DHBs) Lead Nurses (DoN) Group is a national collaboration group with an over-arching workforce development focus. The DoN Group supports and participates in key national workforce development groups and initiatives - across the DHBs, wider sector and system.
We work with the DoN Group and facilitate collaboration at a national level; to support and enable effective Nursing workforce development.
Nursing Pre-Registration Pipeline Project
The Nursing Pre-Registration Pipeline Project aims to achieve a shared understanding of the pre-registration pipeline and to work with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and training providers to ensure the supply and demographics of nurses matches demand, and meets population needs.
The Nursing Pre-Registration Pipeline Working Group is a DHB Director of Nursing-led programme of work in partnership with the Ministry of Health, New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), the New Zealand Nursing Council (NZNC), tertiary education and aged residential care providers, and nursing leaders from across the sector.
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The Nursing Pre-Registration Pipeline Working Group Terms of Reference
The Nursing Pre-Registration Pipeline Working Group Meetings
Māori Data Sovereignty Principles for the Nursing Pre-Registration Pipeline Project
Māori data sovereignty is a fundamental consideration for the Nursing Pre-Registration Pipeline Project, developed to ensure that Māori are integral to both the kōrero and decision-making process for putting in place programmes to help attract and retain Māori students, and later progression and retention of Māori nurses.
The Nursing Pre-Registration Education Pipeline Report
The Nursing Pre-Registration Education Pipeline report outlines the current undergraduate supply of both Registered and Enrolled Nurses in New Zealand. This report aims to provide a better understanding of the pre-registration education pipeline - from enrolment into education programmes through to graduation. The report utilises Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) data to look at the completion and assumed early exits across all the nursing schools. The insights in this report are being used to inform and support initiatives to forecast both supply and demand across the system, so that the nursing workforce is best positioned to meet the current and future needs of the communities it serves.
Some of the key findings include:
- An increase in students enrolling in bachelor level nursing programmes in 2019, an increase of with just over 40% of these coming straight from secondary school. In 2019, the total number of new enrolments was 2578, which is 3.3% higher than the 2010 figure of 2496.
- Most new enrolments in bachelor level nursing programmes choose to enrol with a provider in their home region.
- A slight increase in students completing bachelor level nursing programmes in 2019, over 2018 completions. The majority (57%) of those completing in 2019 are aged under 25 years, which is the same as in 2018.
- Analysis of reported ethnicity for those completing bachelor level nursing programmes from 2010 to 2019, indicates increasing numbers of students identifying as Māori (12% to 17% of completions) and Pacific People (5 to 9% of completions).
- There was an increase in students enrolling in an enrolled nursing diploma programme in 2019 over the 2018 enrolments, with 37% of these coming from work. Over the period 2012-2019, the average number of new enrolments for the enrolled nursing diploma courses was 199 enrolments per year.
- There was an increase in students completing an enrolled nursing diploma in 2019. The number of students completing has been increasing for the last few years. Annual completion figures for enrolled nursing education programmes have been variable, with an average of 158 completions per year.
The Nurse Entry to Practice (NEtP) Programme National Learning Framework
The Nurse Entry to Practice (NEtP) national learning framework is designed to support NEtP coordinators, under the leadership of the 20 District Health Boards' (DHBs) Lead Nurses (DoN) Group, to develop and sustain NEtP programmes.
The framework describes the background and objectives of the programme, the purpose of the framework and outlines how NEtP programme coordinators should utilise the framework.
The framework aligns with the Ministry of Health's Workforce Directorate's (HWD) NEtP specifications and the New Zealand Nursing Council's (NZNC) policies and standards that are relevant to the beginner Registered Nurse (RN) practitioner.
The Enrolled Nurse Support into Practice Programme (ENSIPP) National Learning Framework
The Enrolled Nurse Support into Practice Programme (ENSIPP) National Learning Framework is designed to support new graduate programme coordinators and educators, under the leadership of the 20 District Health Boards’ (DHBs) Lead Nurses (DoN) Group, to develop and sustain ENSIPP programmes.
The framework aligns with the Ministry of Health’s Health Workforce Directorate’s (HWD) ENSIPP service specifications and the New Zealand Nursing Council’s (NZNC) policies and standards for Enrolled Nurses (EN). The framework describes the background and objectives of the programme, the purpose of the framework and outlines how new graduate programme coordinators and educators should utilise the framework.
The DHB DoNs are responsible for and provide oversight of the ENSIPP programme and adherence to the established framework within the 20 DHBs.
ENSIPP Framework [238kb]