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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

NU0010

Course details

  • Feb 2020
    Jul 2020
  • Two years
  • Part-time
  • Fee dependent on modules selected
  • Level 8
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus or Tauranga

Summary

This programme provides registered nurses with the opportunity to extend their clinical knowledge and skills in a specific area of practice including the Registered nurse prescribing in primary health and specialty teams. It is delivered through a combination of block courses and online. A candidate may take up to four years to complete the Postgraduate Diploma. 

The programme consists of four modules: 

  • two core modules and 
  • two practise modules covering a range of advanced speciality practice areas.

After successfully completing any two postgraduate nursing modules students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing. They ​can then return to comple​te the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing at a later date provided this is within four years of their first enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.

Registered Nurse Prescribing pathway

Wintec offers prescribing practicums for nurses who want to become registered nurse prescribers’ in primary health and specialty teams.

The programme is in response to the recently introduced regulation that allows suitably qualified nurses working in collaborative teams to prescribe from a restricted list of medications for people with common and long-term conditions. The Wintec Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing – Registered Nurse Pathway is specifically for nurses who have at least three years’ experience and are looking to become a registered nurse prescriber. The programme, which will take two years (part-time) to complete, requires the  study of pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, clinical reasoning and long-term and related conditions, prior to undertaking a supervised prescribing practicum of 150 hours.

Start Dates: Please refer to the module that you wish to enrol in, in the programme guide for individual start dates.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module. All modules listed below have an individual module credit value of 30 credits. The range of modules offered will vary from year to year.

Group A: Compulsory module

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS801Integrated Science and Assessment830  

Group B: Core module

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS802 orReasoning in Practice or830  
NUPCD02 Te Whiriwhiri Oranga Māori (The Weaving of Wellbeing)830  

Group C: Compulsory modules for the Registered Nurse Prescribing pathway

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS804Pharmacology for Nursing Practice830NURS801 
NURS812Advanced Practice in Long-term Conditions830  
NURS806Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum830

NURS801

NURS804

NURS812

 

Group D: Elective modules

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS804Pharmacology for Nursing Practice830NURS801 
NURS807Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice830  
NURS808Advanced Cardiac Nursing Practice 830  
NURS809Advanced Nursing Practice in Breast Care830  
NURS810Advanced Nursing Practice in Wound Care830  
NURS811Nursing Practice with the Older Adult830  
NURS812Advanced Practice in Long-term Conditions830  
HSIP801Leadership and Management in Professional Practice 1830  
HSIP802Leadership and Management in Professional Practice 2830HSIP801 
HSIP803Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice830  
HSIP804Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision830  
HSIP805Evidence and Inquiry in Practice830  
HSIP809Special Topic830

NURS802 OR

NUPCD02 + one

other 30-credit module

 
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830  
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810 
HSIP813Palliative Care830  
HSIP816Mental Health and Addiction Practice830  

Group E: Compulsory modules for the endorsement in Māori Mental Health

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NUPCD02Te Whiriwhiri Oranga Māori (The Weaving of Wellbeing)830  
NUPCD04He Rangahau Tapuhi Māori (Māori Research Methods)830NUPCD02 
NUPCD20He Ara Whai Mātauranga (The Context of Māori Mental Health Nursing)830  
NUPCD21He Ara Rapu Waiora (The Advanced Practice of Maori Mental Health Nursing)830  

Career/further opportunities

Employment in advanced nursing practice positions, management, research or independent practice.

Steps

If you have any enrolment questions, send them to info@wintec.ac.nz​ and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

To discuss your pathway options within the programme and what modules would best compliment your area of work, contact the postgraduate team at pghsp@wintec.ac.nz


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About the faculty

The Postgraduate Office at Wintec has been created to support postgraduate students in their studies and research by providing dedicated resources and advice. Wintec also has a dedicated Research Office which is the hub of research at Wintec and caters to all researchers, both staff and students.

Entry criteria

  • An undergraduate Nursing degree, or other undergraduate degree assessed as relevant by the Centre for Health and Social Practice Postgraduate Programme Committee, conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution with at least a B average in their grades for the final year, or
  • A qualification approved as equivalent by the ​Postgraduate Programme Committee

Applicants who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio for informal transfer of credit and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an ad eundem statum​​ basis.

In addition to the above criteria, applicants must

  • Hold a current New Zealand Practising Certificate as a Registered Nurse, or
  • An international candidate must be a New Zealand registered nurse and comply with 1.1 within these regulations
  • Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 7.0 across all bands; or equivalent. The language assessment must be less than two years old at the time of application, and 
    • must have completed 6 months of post registration clinical experience within the past five years and be employed for a minimum of 16 hours per week ​

Where there are more applications than the number of places available, selection will be determined on the basis of:

  • whether applicants meet the pre-requisites for each paper, and
  • commitment to study as demonstrated at admission interviews, and
  • references supplied.

Where the industry and/or community have indic​ated a need for graduates from the programme with a particular specialisation, and/or have provided sponsorship for candidates to undertake modules leading to a particular specialisation, applicants for that specialisation and/or those modules may be given priority.

All applicants are required to supply two written references from senior Nurses who have supervised them and / or academic staff members who have taught them for a previous qualification.

Check what documents are required to enrol in this programme.

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Pathways

Postgraduate nursing pathway diagram

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Welcome to Wintec and the Centre for Health and Social Practice!

Welcome information will be emailed to all enrolled students approximately 2 – 4 weeks prior to the first workshop day or start of your online course.

Please read the information below about your first day.

What you will need

It is important to tick the ‘Yes’ box on the Enrolment Offer form emailed from Wintec Student Enrolment & Information Centre and return this as soon as possible.  If this is not done your enrolment cannot be completed and access to online resources will not be possible.

Wintec Logins for Computer Access:
Your course outline, workshop timetables and relevant content will be available online.  You can access this from ‘Moodle’ via Wintec’s student portal ‘MyLearning’.

Computer Requirements:  
We require students to have access to/use Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an anti-virus programme and have access to the internet.  For the Pharmacology module: Scopia is required.


We invite you to view the information at the following link to the Introduction to Postgraduate Health and Social Practice moodle site: learning.wintec.ac.nz

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information

Booklist

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

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