Fully funded study - Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health

All study for nurses, midwives, mental health clinicians and Allied Health (Health Promoters, Social Workers, Health Protection Officers, etc) needs to be fully funded to encourage people into the healthcare industry.

Resource the National Public Health Unit to identify and train community partners on the job for health promotion, protection and emergency response roles. 

Cost-of-living scholarships for all those willing to endorse their education in priority areas - Māori, Pasifika, Rainbow and Neurodivergent health.

Why the contribution is important

Workforce development is vital for the success of the new health system. If you can't provide suitably skilled staff, the new proposal will never work, no matter how much money and good intent you throw at it.

With the rising cost of living and the significant commitment tertiary education requires, fewer people will enrol without adequate financial incentive. Healthcare apprenticeships needs to be revisited, as these will attract those with whānau obligations, disability and /or lived experience who can make a significant contribution to healthcare, but may face financial barriers to study.

by nursealice on April 21, 2023 at 07:46PM

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  • Posted by health April 22, 2023 at 19:39

    I would like to see a return of the old system. Training could be 70 percent in wards with trained staff. Many basic functions could be done by junior nurses eg temperatures and blood pressures.
    Nurses could be paid a basic allowance increasing as service increases.
    Lectures and study remain but for one or two days.
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  • Posted by SharpGlo April 23, 2023 at 10:17

    Yes totally agree they need to be fully funded.
  • Posted by Lee April 23, 2023 at 18:52

    Yes, return to the old system. Take students out of the classroom and into the wards.
    Everyone has a hands on role. Pay the students minimum wage and only 1 week every 6-8 weeks in lectures.
    Nurses who sit in classrooms aren't learning basic nursing.
    I remember when my husband was a charge nurse, the newly trained staff nurse couldn't even do a enema due to no practical skills . All well and good to teach out of a book but people who spend most of their training in classrooms can't do basic care and when they are trained they think they are too well qualified to actually do basic nursing care. I am a retired registered nurse with a lot of experience in NZ and overseas.
    I wrote to the nursing board 30 years ago and the reply I got was it was worldwide best practice to train in classrooms . If you trace back to the start of classroom training you will see a massive decline in practical care giving in hospitals. Big mistake and now we are paying for it.
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