Developing the Pacific nursing workforce

Author: Southwick, Margaret

Date: 2009-12-23

Publisher: Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Type: Conference item

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Currently, the New Zealand nursing workforce is predominantly pakeha. The growing proportion of Pacific people in the wider population is not being reflected in the New Zealand nursing workforce. Previous research by Southwick showed that Pacific Island students had a high drop out rate from nursing programmes. In 2004, the Bachelor in Nursing (Pacific) programme commenced at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Challenges and results of this programme are discussed.

Subjects: nursing workforce, Pacific nurses, marginalisation, access, poverty, 11 - Medical and Health Sciences

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