Tue 19 Nov 2019

MoU a win for Taranaki's future nurses

A memorandum of understanding between the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) and Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) was signed today at Taranaki Base Hospital. Chief Executives Rosemary Clements and John Snook met with WITT graduate and student nurses on shift to share their vision for the five-year agreement.

Focussed on developing the future of Taranaki’s nurses and health sector, the agreement establishes an enduring partnership between both parties and allows for an exchange of information, expertise and experiences.

Mr Snook said that the partnership is about common development.

“There’s a commitment there from WITT to produce the best nurses for our region. We want to give them the best start, which will in turn provide our region with an even more capable healthcare workforce.

“The TDHB has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help our already well-renowned nursing students get ahead in their study and their careers.

“Our student nurses can look forward to more support in transition, more opportunities, more effective and collaborative development for each individual.”

Ms Clements said collaboration is paramount to ensure our nursing workforce grows in skill and capability.

“Taranaki DHB is committed to working with WITT to ensure our nursing students are work ready and transition into becoming great nurses. 

“We have 40 new WITT graduate nursing placements in 2020 across clinical, outpatient, Mental Health and community areas.  Taranaki DHB totally supports having a local training provider for the region both within the DHB and beyond, and we look forward to offering a prosperous supportive learning environment alongside WITT.”

Mr Snook said there will be collaboration on Nursing Entry of Practice (NETP) for newly graduated nurses and a postgraduate pathway for TDHB nursing staff.

“The MoU will allow for WITT students to have priority at TDHB for all clinical placements in 2020. We are also looking to develop several Dedicated Education Units (DEUs) before the end of next year.”

DEUs are a model of clinical teaching and learning born out of partnership between educator and health board.

“This will provide students a more supportive clinical learning and teaching environment. Think open cooperation, a common vision, commitment to achieving the same objectives, and joint resourcing.”

The MoU also covers the establishment of a joint education and training facility on hospital grounds, resourced by both parties.

“This partnership will have a real impact on our current and future Bachelor of Nursing students,” Mr Snook said.

“We’re now accepting enrolments for the Bachelor of Nursing for 2020. Next year happens to be the International Year of the Nurse and we’re expecting it to be one of our biggest yet for the programme.”

Pictured L-R: Taranaki DHB Chief Executive Rosemary Clements, WITT student nurse Jeff George, WITT student nurse Savanah Hislop, WITT graduate nurse Hayley Gibson, WITT graduate nurse Celecia Katene, WITT Chief Executive John Snook, Taranaki DHB Director of Nursing Lyn Wardlaw.