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Graduate entry nursing: learning, teaching and practising


Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Associate Professor Philippa Seaton


Nursing workforce shortages within coming decades are well documented. Concerns have been raised about the size, skills, and diversity of this future workforce. Both internationally and locally, calls to develop different models of clinical education have been advanced in order to address these concerns. Intensified models involving recruitment of students who already have undergraduate degrees have been developed internationally. These graduate entry programmes have operated for about a decade in some countries, but are new to New Zealand. The first New Zealand graduate entry programmes was developed and delivered for the first time in 2016 at the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Otago, Christchurch. This research is designed as a qualitative longitudinal investigation into the experiences of students/practitioners, lecturers and preceptors involved in this ‘first of its kind in New Zealand’ programme.