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New Graduate-entry Nursing Students begin Study

11th March 2016

The first intake of nursing students in the University of Otago, Christchurch's new two-year graduate-entry Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) degree have begun their study.

Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Master of Nursing Students leaving for their first ward experience at ChCh Hospital

University of Otago, Christchurch's Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies director, Dr Philippa Seaton, says this exciting new programme provides a pathway for students to build on their previous undergraduate education to become a nurse, preparing them for work in a range of healthcare settings.

This professional Master's degree is undertaken through an intensive two-year programme specifically designed to bring together clinical experience and integrated academic learning, and research skill and experience; preparing the graduates to contribute to the complex healthcare environment of today and in the future. The programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand to lead to registration as a nurse with a Master's qualification.

The degree is comprised of 12 papers integrated with clinical experiences and a research project. Academic activities and development of clinical skills in preparation for clinical placements are undertaken on the Christchurch campus. This includes ongoing time in the University of Otago Christchurch Clinical Simulation Centre, ensuring students are ready for their clinical experiences.

Masters students developing clinical skills in the University of Otago, Christchurch, Simulation Centre

Students will undertake supported clinical practice experiences at various locations across the South Island in a range of health care settings including community and family/whanau health, acute care, mental health, and aged care.

Dr Seaton says the staff and students of the University of Otago Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies appreciate working closely with their clinical colleagues in the health provider organisations in developing the heath workforce and contributing to quality care.

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