Vocational Training Programme for Nursing / Allied Health Professions
In order to reduce barriers to entering the health workforce, and increase equity within our health workforce (particularly high need professions - nursing / paramedic etc). These professions require degrees to become registered and practice.
Both Paramedicine and Nursing have the capacity to be staircased through a vocational programme and provide care (filling health workforce gaps) while training and providing an income to those training. Reducing economic barriers for people wanting to join the health workforce.
An example of how this could work -
Pre workforce training Certificate 3
Nursing - New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) - Pre Entry Applied Health Science
Paramedicine - New Zealand Certificate in emergency care
After completing this certificate - Nursing students can practice as Healthcare Assistants, Paramedic Students as Emergency Medical Assistants / First Responders - in paid roles while they complete their diplomas.
Workforce Diploma Training
Nursing - Diploma in Enrolled Nursing
Paramedicine - Diploma in Ambulance Practice
After completing diplomas - Nursing students can practice as Enrolled Nurses, Paramedic Students as Emergency Medical Technicians - in paid roles while they complete their degrees.
From here - these diplomas pathway into the Degree programme and students can complete their degrees while working in the healthcare setting.
Why the contribution is important
This reduces financial barriers for individuals and whānau to enter the health workforce.
This allows areas which traditionally struggle to attract healthcare workers to train a local health workforce.
It allows a sustainable workforce model which develops staff in a mechanism that increases the number of clinicians available to deliver care to patients while they are being trained. Reducing the lag time during training for required healthcare workers in the current university-based system.
Reduces our reliance on international healthcare workers
by carlton on November 02, 2022 at 06:39PM