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Otago Polytechnic launches new Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

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Those looking to enter a nursing career now have a new study pathway available in Dunedin, with the launch of Otago Polytechnic’s Diploma in Enrolled Nursing this semester.

Enrolled nurses perform an important role in the health care system, carrying out a range of nursing responsibilities under the direction of a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner. In recent years their scope of practice is inclusive of areas such as mental health, medical-surgical and rehabilitative nursing, opening the way for Otago Polytechnic to work with the Southern District Health Board on workforce planning to include this Level 5, eighteen-month programme to meet the needs of the sector.

Head of the School of Nursing Linda Kinniburgh says the qualification adds to the Polytechnic’s renowned Bachelor of Nursing programme, offering an alternative pathway to a health-based career.

"We are pleased to offer the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing after extensive collaboration with the Southern District Health Board," says Linda Kinniburgh."We are giving students the best chance to start an Enrolled Nursing career, providing them with a great option to play a valued and varied role in the health system."

As well as the Southern District Health Board’s commitment to provide clinical placement for students and employment opportunities for graduates, support is also being offered from local age care services, nonprofit organisations and private nursing providers.

"We highly value the registered nurses who graduate from Otago Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Nursing, and are pleased we now have the opportunity for locally-trained Enrolled Nurses as well," says Sharon Jones, Nursing Director at the Southern DHB.

Featuring one third theory-based learning and two-thirds industry placement in a range of practice environments including rehabilitation, medical surgical and mental health, the Diploma is a national curriculum. Graduates are provided with the skills they need to become a registered Enrolled Nurse, after sitting an external exam by the New Zealand Nursing Council.

Students will study a range of course disciplines including psychology, growth and development, science, ethics, legal environment of nursing, cultural safety, bedside care and assessment skills.

Places are still available the programme, with classes beginning on 22 July. 

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