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1 Postgraduate Nursing & Health Studies

2 Why choose Whitireia for your Postgraduate Studies? As the second largest provider of postgraduate education to nurses in New Zealand, we have a passion for supporting the delivery of safe, high quality, appropriate health care for our communities through our education programmes for health professionals. Our philosophy enables students to progress their knowledge and career by undertaking advanced professional study that respects the needs of the individual learner. We value the skills and experience people bring to their study and offer clinically focussed postgraduate programmes that will build on your existing knowledge and challenge your thinking in a uniquely supportive manner. Whitireia has a reputation for encouraging and supporting students to succeed. The postgraduate studies team are all highly experienced clinicians and educators that are well connected to national stakeholders in workforce development. There is a designated distance librarian to support distance students and our new simulation suites provide state-of-the-art equipment for health professionals skills and practice development. All Whitireia postgraduate programmes have been recognised and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Ministry of Education. Many of our postgraduate courses are accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand and are eligible for Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funding. Programme Delivery Postgraduate programmes are delivered flexibly and range from fully online courses to courses with tutorial blocks with online support. Some programmes are offered outside of the Wellington region. Whitireia uses Moodle as the online learning management system. By using Moodle, students are able to: Access course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from home or work Access the latest course information Use web resources recommended by your tutors Communicate with tutors and other students by or discussion boards Keep accessing learning material to reinforce and sustain your learning Full paper details, fees and tutorial dates are available at

3 Master of Professional Practice The purpose of this programme is to provide the health and social sectors with graduates who will contribute advanced knowledge and scholarship, including a completed research project or thesis, applied to their professional practice context. This qualification is designed for professionals in health and social practice seeking to advance their careers. Graduates will have built on their professional experience to gain internationally recognised knowledge and skills for career enhancement, capable to lead practice at an advanced, specialised level. Graduates will have the capability to work effectively as leaders of interprofessional teams for the provision of high quality services to diverse people and communities. Research Project Pathway Praxis Research Project (45 credits compulsory) Research Methods for Health and Social Practice ( compulsory) Advancing Professional Practice ( compulsory) MAster of professional practice Thesis Pathway Thesis (90 credits compulsory) Research Methods for Health and Social Practice ( compulsory) Advancing Professional Practice ( compulsory) Choose 75 credits from the courses below Choose from the courses below Diversity in Professional Practice Professional Education Practice Professional Leadership Practice Clinical Topic Simulation Practice Special Topic I* Special Topic II* Policy for Professional Practice Partnering with Māori in Health and Social Practice Working with Pacific Peoples Information Management Governance *one only

4 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice postgraduate certificate in professional practice The purpose of this programme is to provide the health and social sectors with graduates who have attained advanced knowledge and scholarship to their professional practice context. It is designed for professionals in health and social practice seeking to advance their knowledge and skills. Graduates have built on their professional experience to gain internationally recognised knowledge and skills for career enhancement, capable to lead practice at an advanced, specialised level. Graduates will have the ability to work effectively in interprofessional teams and have enhanced skills for the provision of high quality services to diverse people and communities. postgraduate diploma in professional practice The purpose of this programme is to provide the health and social sectors with graduates who apply advanced research knowledge and scholarship to their professional practice context. It is designed for professionals in health and social practice seeking to advance their knowledge and skills. Graduates have built on their professional experience to gain internationally recognised knowledge and skills for career enhancement, capable to lead practice at an advanced, specialised level. Graduates have the capability to work effectively as leaders of interprofessional teams for the provision of high quality services to diverse people and communities. POstgraduate certificate in professional practice Choose 60 credits from the courses below Research Methods for Health and Social Practice Diversity in Professional Practice Advancing Professional Practice Professional Education Practice Professional Leadership Practice Clinical Topic Simulation Practice Special Topic I* Special Topic II* Partnering with Māori in Health and Social Practice Policy for Professional Practice Working with Pacific Peoples *one only POstgraduate diploma in professional practice Research Methods for Health and Social Practice ( compulsory) Advancing Professional Practice ( compulsory) Choose 60 credits from the courses below Diversity in Professional Practice Professional Education Practice Professional Leadership Practice Clinical Topic Simulation Practice Special Topic I* Special Topic II* Policy for Professional Practice Partnering with Māori in Health and Social Practice Working with Pacific Peoples Information Management Governance *one only

5 Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing This clinically focused programme consists of three strands: Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Nursing Change of Scope of Practice This clinically focused programme builds on your existing knowledge and experience as a nurse, while providing an environment that ensures the supported acquisition of knowledge and skills. of Health funded mental health service for a minimum of 0.7 FTE per week. The programme identifies and incorporates, in partnership with health care providers, the specific skills and competencies that need to be developed in relation to new entry to specialist practice (mental health and addiction nursing). On successful completion you will be competent and able to critically incorporate best practice standards and research into mental health and addiction nursing. Change of Scope of Practice Strand If you are a registered general or psychopeadic nurse wanting to change your scope of practice to include mental health you can apply to complete this programme. You will need approval from the Nursing Council of New Zealand and be employed a minimum of 0.7FTE per week. Students are employees of health providers and will attend theory blocks and/or tutorials at the Whitireia Porirua campus, or in their workplace environments. All strands require you to attend theory blocks and/or tutorials at the polytechnic or in your workplace environment. Postgraduate Certificate In nursing Nursing Strand This clinically focused programme is for nurses working in any clinical setting, including medical and aged care. You will build on your existing knowledge and experience and focus on assessment, clinical judgement and utilising evidence in the context of your own practice environment. Mental Health and Addiction Strand The Mental Health one year entry to practice programme is offered to registered nurses in their first year of practice in mental health and addiction settings. Te Pou funding is available for nurses employed in a Ministry Nursing Strand HSC8301: Professional Nursing Praxis (60 credits) HSC8305: Advancing Clinical Practice (60 credits) Mental Health or Change of Scope Strand HSC8316: Contemporary Mental Health & Addiction Nursing (60 credits) HSC8326: Professional Practice in Mental Health and Addiction Nursing (60 credits)

6 Postgraduate Certificate in Hospice Palliative Care This clinically focused programme is for registered health professionals involved in the delivery of palliative care including hospices, aged and residential care, community and primary health care and hospital settings. You will explore the theory, research and practice issues necessary to provide quality palliative care in contemporary health care environments. The two courses in this programme are delivered online with tutorial blocks being held at our Porirua campus. Postgraduate Certificate In Hospice Palliative Care HSC8201: The Foundation of Palliative Care (45 credits) HSC8202: Praxis in Palliative Care (45 credits) Applicants need to be employed in relevant clinical work for a minimum of two days a week and may be eligible for Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funding available through District Health Board HWNZ Co-ordinators. The patient, family and whanau are the focus. The practice of palliative care including therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities; loss, grief and bereavement support across the lifespan; cultural attitudes to death and dying; resilience and caring for self and others are explored.

7 Postgraduate Certificate in Perioperative Specialty Nursing This clinically focused programme is for registered health professionals providing care for people undergoing interventions in surgical or acute medical settings e.g. surgery and investigative radiology. The programme aims to support health professionals to advance their perioperative practice in assessment, management and service delivery characterised by high quality, evidence based nursing care, for patients and their families. The integration of theory and practice advances clinical judgement, critical thinking, and clinical leadership in a challenging and supportive learning environment. Postgraduate Certificate In PERIOPERATIVE SPECIALTY Care HSC8401: The Foundation of Specialty Nursing (45 credits) HSC8402: Praxis in Perioperative Specialty Nursing (45 credits) The two courses in this programme are offered in Wellington and Christchurch in partnership with Medtra New Zealand Limited. Applicants must be employed in relevant clinical work a minimum of two days per week.

8 Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Specialty Nursing This clinically focused programme is for registered nurses working in primary health care and community settings, including aged care for a minimum of two days per week. You will enhance your practice and gain further knowledge and skills that reflect your specialty practice area. The programme consists of two papers: Primary Health Care and Health Promotion, and Praxis in the Community Setting (you choose one of the three strands). Taught tutorial days are supported by online learning, with tutorial blocks being delivered in Porirua and Auckland (Well Child/Tamariki Ora strand only). HSC8501: Primary Health Care and Health Promotion (60 credits) Praxis in the Community Setting (60 credits) There are three strands available: Postgraduate Certificate In Primary health Care specialty nursing HSC8501: Primary Health Care and Health Promotion (60 credits) Plus one of: Praxis in the Community Setting HSC8502: Population & Personal Health (60 credits) HSC8504: Well Child/Tamariki Ora (60 credits) HSC8506: Health of the Older Adult (60 credits) HSC8502: Population and Personal Health HSC8504: Well Child/Tamariki Ora * HSC8506: Health of the Older Adult * The Well Child/Tamariki Ora strand is delivered in partnership with the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. Please contact to register your interest in the next available course.

9 Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care POstgraduate certificate in specialty care This clinically focused programme is offered to registered health professionals working in specialty practice for a minimum of 22.5 hours per week. This two paper qualification can be completed over two years and offers a range of papers which allows for a programme of study that best meets your needs and reflects current and developing research-based practice in relation to health care delivery. Courses are 17 weeks in duration and are a combination of online learning and short tutorial blocks delivered at our Porirua campus. Please note not all papers are offered each year. POstgraduate DIPLOMA in specialty care For registered health professionals wanting to extend their knowledge and advance in their professional practice. There is one endorsement, Pacific Health and Nursing, for experienced Pacific Nurses working in New Zealand. Graduates may gain credit towards Master s studies. Postgraduate Certificate In specialty CARE Complete two of: HSC8601: Specialty Practice (45 credits) HSC8602: Clinical Leadership (45 credits) HSC8603: Forensic Practice 1 (45 credits) HSC8604: Forensic Practice 2 (45 credits) HSC8605: Primary Mental Health Care (45 credits) HSC8606: Dual Disability (45 credits) HSC8607: Advanced Paramedic Practice 1 (45 credits) HSC8608: Advanced Paramedic Practice 2 (45 credits) HSC8611: Pacific Health (45 credits) Postgraduate DIPLOMA In specialty CARE HSC8623: Maukakala () HSC8624: Su e su e Manogi ()

10 (Continuing Professional Development) offers a range of workshops, modules and short courses, including online, which allow nurses and health professionals to further develop their knowledge and skills to meet their individual continuing professional development needs. Online Our online education portal offers a range of modules that use interactive assessment, audio, text, animation and video to support ongoing professional learning allowing them to be completed anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Benefits Hours of learning contributes to your required professional development hours Access to a wide range of topics and resources Courses on Offer Professional Supervision Academic Skills Health and Aged Care Assessment in Clinical Learning Offers flexibility to student to work at their own time and pace Primary Mental Health Care Modules can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day Understanding Mood Disorders No additional costs for transportation, accommodation etc. Understanding Anxiety

11 Workshops and Seminars Whitireia offers various workshops and seminars which allow you to accumulate professional development hours. A variety of professional development activities are made available to you including all Medtra seminars, as well as physical assessment workshops. Simulation Workshops We offer one day workshops, at the Whitireia Porirua campus, where you can sharpen your assessment skills using our high fidelity simulation suites. The workshops provide professional development hours to meet continuing education requirements for health professionals. Topics include: Physical Assessment: Aged Care Physical Assessment: Mental Health and Addiction Physical Assessment: Primary Health Care Medtra Seminars Medtra are working with Whitireia in an initiative which allows you to accumulate professional development hours. There are a variety of topics with a perioperative and medical/aged care focus and full details can be found at or to make a booking Surgical focus (suitable for Registered Nurses and Anaesthetic Technicians) The Deteriorating Patient Fluid Balance The Deteriorating Patient Surgery and the Cardiac Compromised Patient Surgery and the Respiratory Compromised Patient Shock Medical / Aged Care Focus (suitable for Registered Nurses) Diabetes Pain Sepsis

12 Further information Further information about these programmes can be found on the programme page on the Whitireia website: Application Please complete the Whitireia Application to Enrol form (available on the programme page on the website) and return, with supporting documentation, to: Whitireia New Zealand Information & Enrolment DX Box: SX Wi Neera Drive Porirua 5022 Health Workforce New Zealand Funding All our postgraduate programmes meet the criteria for funding by Health Workforce New Zealand. Access is through your local District Health Board.

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