New Graduate


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    Postgrad study as a new grad? Too much or just right?

    2 June 2017

    The views of graduate nurses on whether postgraduate study in your new graduate year adds or takes away from the experience are being sought in an online survey.

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    Nurses receiving bond payouts

    30 May 2017

    More than 1200 nurses who signed up to work for at least three years in a hard to staff specialty or community have now received voluntary bonding payments.

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    Survey indicates nursing school job rates vary widely

    3 May 2017

    The employment rate for November graduates from the country's nursing schools varied from around half to 94 per cent, according to the latest survey findings.

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    Decline in new nurses in mentored rest home programmes

    28 March 2017

    The number of new nurses being employed by rest homes and aged care hospitals through mentored new graduate programmes has fallen this year, despite keen applicants still job-hunting.

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    Where are new graduates getting jobs?

    28 March 2017

    Once again around 60 per cent of new nurses have gained a graduate placement by March, leaving 551 still job-hunting. The latest job statistics also provides a region-by-region breakdown of which areas are employing the greatest proportion of new graduates.

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    Kiwi connection to new poem by UK nurse-poet star

    20 March 2017

    A special nursing poem on valuing the time of elderly patients – launched last week at England's Chief Nursing Officer's annual summit – has a Kiwi connection.

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    Demand for nursing school places plateaued

    1 March 2013

    The growing demand for nursing school places in recent years has largely plateaued in the cities and fallen in some provincial areas, according to an informal survey of nursing schools.

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    New graduate unemployment rates unclear

    28 January 2013

    About 730 new graduates have successfully found places on state-subsidised new graduate programmes but the job-hunting success of the other 500 plus new nurses remains unknown.

April 2016 Vol 16 (2)

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    Action needed to recruit new blood

    Nursing director LORRAINE HETARAKA-STEVENS calls for innovative and courageous strategies to recruit more new graduate nurses, including under-represented Māori, into the ageing primary health nurse workforce.

August 2015 Vol 15 (4)

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    Graduate incomes: How nursing stacks up… and falls down

    How does a young nurse’s income stack up against those of his or her peers who become teachers or lawyers? Do we lose more young nurses overseas than other professions? Why does the average income of nurse graduates plateau and fall after five years? FIONA CASSIE reports on two Ministry of Education studies about young graduates’ incomes and destinations.

  • NETP: a decade of growth

    Ten years after introduction, nursing entry to practice (NETP) programmes are now seen as the established norm but demand for places outstrips jobs available. FIONA CASSIE reflects on a decade of NETP and talks to nurses about the very first NETP intakes.

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    Nurse attrition rate a cause for concern

    The Nursing Council of New Zealand recently released the latest report in its Nursing Cohort longitudinal study, which includes an update on the number of nurses registered in the 2005/06 year who are still nursing in New Zealand. While the numbers, including new data on nurses first registered in 2012/13, are worryingly low, it’s not all doom and gloom. FIONA CASSIE reports.

June 2015 Vol 15 (3)

August 2014 Vol 14 (4)

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    Fast-track leadership path for new nurses

    Catch them young. Waikato DHB last year launched a leadership programme for high-flying nurses who stood out in their new graduate year. Some are now moving on to do their PhDs and other DHBs are adopting the model. FIONA CASSIE finds out more about the unabashedly “elitist” programme.

June 2014 Vol 14 (3)

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    "India NZ’s biggest migrant nurse source""Sharp drop in NZ nurses crossing Tasman" "Record new graduate nurses registered" "NNO vision for 100% graduate nurse employment by 2018"

May 2014 Vol 14 (2)

March 2014 Vol 14 (1)

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    New migrant nurses feel welcome?

    JUDY SECCOMBE looks at nursing attitude to those who are ‘different’ and challenges kiwi nurses to be more welcoming to new colleagues from different ethnicities, cultures, or countries.

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    551 new grads still job hunting in late Feb

    The number of new graduate nurses placed in work through the “one-stop job shop” has risen to 777 by late February, according to the latest Ministry of Health statistics.

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    NEWS BRIEFS including:Mid-year graduating nurses still job-hunting at year’s end/ interRAI funding/ Greens up ‘nurses in schools’ policy/ Registration medal shortage/Nursing Appointments

November 2013 Vol 13 (7)

September 2013 Vol 13 (6)

April 2013 Vol 13 (4)

February 2013

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    Counting nurses in his sleep

    Des Gorman, chair of Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), says that he’s losing sleep worrying about the looming nursing shortfall. FIONA CASSIE talks to him about his disappointment at last year’s nursing criticism of HWNZ’s performance and why nursing will be a top priority in 2013.

December 2012

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    Gen Y nurses: happy to be nurses … but for how long?

    Most young nurses are passionate about their career choice ­ for now, at least. As many feel little long-term loyalty to a profession that leaves them feeling tired, stressed, and underappreciated, FIONA CASSIE talks to researcher Dr Isabel Jamieson about the workforce implications of her survey of more than 350 Generation Y nurses.

November 2012

July 2012

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    Payouts to bonding scheme off to slow start

    To date, only 31 per cent of nurses and 22 per cent of doctors signed up three years ago to the "popular" voluntary bonding scheme have stepped forward to claim payouts.

May 2012

September 2011

July 2010

May 2010

March 2010

January 2010

  • CTA outlines its spending on nurses

    More than 90 per cent of new nurses are successfully completing Nursing Entry to Practice (NETP) programmes, according to the Clinical Training Agency.

  • New grad programmes settled for mental health

    The mental health sector is looking forward to 2010 after the restructured and sometimes controversial new graduate and postgraduate training places were finally decided in December.