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Studying Nursing Locally Just Got Easier

By UCOL on Friday, 03 June 2022

Nursing students at UCOL Horowhenua

The opportunity to get ahead in a health career is about to get a whole lot easier, with UCOL offering more flexible learning options for Horowhenua and Kāpiti residents to become an Enrolled Nurse.

UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed for a successful career. The qualification meets the Nursing Council competencies for enrolled nursing and prepares you for practice under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse.

Academic Portfolio Manager Gordana Bogunovic said enrolled nurses’ work as part of a team to contribute to care planning and deliver nursing care to health consumers in community, residential and hospital settings. They are accountable for their nursing actions and practice competently in accordance with legislation, to their level of knowledge and experience.

“It’s the perfect time to enrol as if you are in the July intake, your fees for the rest of the year will be covered by the Government’s Targeted Training Apprenticeship Fund, and you might qualify for other subsidies that will make the course very affordable.

Horowhenua Kaiwhakahaere Yvonne Seng said being able to offer the new course is exciting for her team in Levin.

“UCOL is becoming more focused on helping people study while meeting and juggling their commitments at home and in their communities.”

For those on the Enrolled Nurse programme they can do all of the practical learning from our Horowhenua UCOL campus, guided by experienced Nursing Educators. For their theoretical component of study, ākonga will have the option of travelling to Palmerston North for the face-to-face lectures, or attending the lectures online via our engaging online learning platform. And, there is a part-time option over three years available as well.

We’re holding an open evening for anyone interested between 6-8pm on Thursday, 9 June at our campus 160 Oxford Street in Levin.
Yvonne said come along and chat with one of our nursing team about your options. They’ll also be able to answer any questions about UCOL’s Bachelor of Nursing and a three-month programme for nurses who need a refresh to get back into registered nursing.

About the programme: The Enrolled Nurse programme runs for 18 months. A typical week includes a combination of in class learning, practical simulation, clinical placement and self-directed learning, with the distribution of hours varying across the 18 months. There is a part-time option over three years available as well.

About us: UCOL is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga with campuses in Manawatū, Whanganui, Wairarapa, Horowhenua, online, in school and in work. We inspire ākonga and whānau, businesses, and their communities to succeed. Te Pūkenga was established to better meet the needs of learners and employers by bringing together on-job, on-campus and online learning across Aotearoa New Zealand.

By 1 January 2023, Te Pūkenga will create a unified, sustainable public network of regionally accessible vocational and applied learning. Together, we aim to provide excellent quality education opportunities that support learners, employers and communities to gain the skills, knowledge and capabilities Aotearoa needs now and for the future.