Fri 21 Jun 2019

Nursing places available

From earthquakes to hair straighteners and makeup artistry to nursing.

Students from secondary schools who visited last week’s open day at WITT learned how wide their options were.

One was nursing - WITT recently announced a second intake of students for its three-year Bachelor of Nursing programme.

Students who enrol for the programme when the next intake starts next month will complete it at the same time as students who started at the beginning of the year.

WITT chief John Snook said the Institute had worked with the Taranaki District Health Board in response to industry needs.

“There is a massive shortage in this area, and that is why we will be taking in an accelerated intake,” he said. “And graduate nurses can earn more than $70,000 a year following collective pay increases.”

Last week’s open days highlighted WITT’s links to industry.

“Potential students were able to get an understanding of study opportunities and how they lead to employment – they were shown the workings of hospitality, walking hospital wards and building a house.”

When WITT News toured the New Plymouth campus last Friday Francis Douglas Memorial College students Jonty Hughes, Jack Krutz and Aden Law were at an “Amp up your career” workshop learning about opportunities and courses in the electrical field during WITT’s Open Day. 

Hunter Robinson-Hill, from Spotswood College, was at the WITT salon, where student Sabria Cassidy was giving his long locks their first straighten.

Engineering Tutor, Mechanical, Yusuf Khan was encouraging students to consider enrolling for a Level 6 New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) and his stories and enthusiasm are sure to have had an impact.

The new intake of student nurses at WITT will commence their three-year, full-time Level 7 programme on July 22 - details here

Pictured: Students get a feel for healthcare in WITT's Nursing Simulation Lab during Open Day.