We have partnered with Tamahere Eventide Home & Retirement Village to establish a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) for student placements, the first of its kind in the Waikato.
The DEU aims to provide a clinical placement which helps ten students to learn in a real-life context, involved in all aspects of care at the Eventide facility. They are supported by both Wintec staff and the staff at Eventide, who undertake a short training course at Wintec before the placement begins.
An academic staff member works within the DEU for further support of both Eventide staff and students.
This project is designed to increase the skill levels of students and produce work-ready graduates, while encouraging students in the Nursing field to work in aged care.
Over the last 10 years, in response to an increase in need for improved diabetes care and management within the Waikato, Wintec has worked in partnership with the Waikato Regional Diabetes Service (WRDS).
In addition, diabetes has become increasingly common, the Ministry of Health has allocated more funding to the care and management of type 2 diabetes, via regional District Health Boards.
This combination of demand and more financial support has enabled the Waikato Regional Diabetes Service to work collaboratively with Wintec to deliver the foundational course Short Course Diabetes Care and Management (Level 7) and a postgraduate paper in diabetes care, Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice (Level 8), primarily aimed at Primary Health Care nurses.
The Level 7 course was initially established by the Waikato Regional Diabetes Service before becoming an accredited programme through Wintec. The courses are now co-delivered by Wintec academic staff and clinical practitioners from WRDS, as well as other health professionals. Both courses have been accredited by the International Diabetes Federation for the last two years.
Contracts for delivery of the programme are also held by the Western Institute of Technology (WIT) and the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).
Both modules use interprofessional learning and delivery as experts in the field are brought in to explain clinical aspects, and are offered to midwives and a range of health professionals in addition to Primary Health Care nurses.
On the 20th and 21st of February some of our Tihei Mauri Ora nursing students were involved in carrying out Hauora (health) checks at the Tainui Games, held at Hopuhopu.
The 14 students involved were rostered out over five 3.5 shifts under the guidance and supervision of two registered nurses, Justeena Leaf and Awhina Uru, and two Wintec kaimahi, Allanah and Jan.
This was the first approach to a tuakana-teina partnership, in which an older or more expert tuakana guides a younger or less expert teina, outside of the traditional clinical placement.
The health checks not only developed the student nurses’ skills but strengthened community networks, promoted the Tihei Mauri Ora Bachelor of Nursing and raised awareness of health issues amongst the 250 patients who were documented by the nurses.