Postgraduate Nursing Education

​​​​​​​Who Are We?

Canterbury District Health Board administers funded scholarships via Health Workforce NZ (formerly CTA) for postgraduate nursing certificates, diplomas and clinical masters qualifications for nurses in the Canterbury Health System.

Each year around 160 Canterbury nurses are undertaking HWNZ funded postgraduate nursing courses.

CDHB’s PG Nursing Education Plan sets out future directions and priorities. Below is the 2015-2018 PGNE Nursing Plan.

Nursing Workforce Education Plan Canterbury Health System 2015-2018.

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate nursing study is designed to prepare nurses to meet the challenges of a changing Canterbury healthcare environment and to provide enhancement of individual nursing practice. It is a commitment to both personal and professional development.

HWNZ Funding for Postgraduate Study

Funding is available for payment of University Fees, study release for attendance at compulsory study blocks, and to subsidise flights and accommodation costs where required by the course.

Refer to: Accommodation and Flight Reimbursement Procedure.pdf

Funding is not paid directly to the trainee.

Further information is available in the HWNZ Funding Policy document:

HWNZ Funding Policy 2016.pdf

Before applying please ensure that you meet the funding eligibility requirements:

Eligibility Requirements for Funding.

  • CDHB nurses must have successfully completed PDRP (senior nurses exempt).

  • All applicants must be registered as a nurse or a nurse practitioner under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003)

  • Hold a current annual practicing certificate (APC) with no restrictions on that APC that would negatively impact on their ability to participate in the programme.

  • Be currently employed as a registered nurse by a health service that is funded by the DHB or Ministry of Health from Vote Health

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand residency permit as conferred by the New Zealand Immigration Service

  • Have evidence of support by their current employer to meet the training requirements

  • Meet the entry criteria required by the education provider

The HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specification document gives more information about eligibility:

HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specification.pdf

Please also ensure that your intended qualification is eligible for HWNZ funding:

Postgraduate Nursing Qualifications eligible for HWNZ Funding in 2017.pdf

 

Applications for postgraduate nursing education funding in Semester 2 2017 are now open. Please apply using one of the following online application forms:

Nurses employed within the CDHB should use this application form:

Online Application form for HWNZ funding - CDHB nurses


Nurses employed in an NGO, ARC or PHO should use this application form:

Online Application form for HWNZ funding - NGO nurses


Please note that nurses applying for HWNZ funding to study postgraduate nursing education are required to have an endorsed PDRP (Professional Development Recognition Programme) portfolio at the time of application. Endorsement can be at competent, proficient or expert level.  Nurses working in designated senior nursing roles are exempt from this.

Nurses considering applying for funding in any funding round should ensure that portfolios are submitted in plenty of time for assessment prior to applying for funding.

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility, or your intended study pathway, please contact Jenny Gardner at the Postgraduate Nursing Education office on 337 8679

 

Career Planning

Career planning is the process of formulating career goals and identifying the steps and resources needed to achieve these goals. It is an on-going future-focussed professional pathway and not limited to specific jobs.

Short Term (1 year) career planning is centred on specific job skills and knowledge with short term goal setting.

Long Term (3-5 year) career planning is developmental and focussed on future interests and development intentions.

Career planning support is available from your line manager, nurse educator, senior nursing colleagues, Postgraduate Nursing Coordinator and mentors. It is important that formal discussions take place with your line manager regarding your career aspirations, strengths and development needs. The following resources may be useful:

The PG Nursing Forum has developed some diagrams to help with Educational preparation for your career:

 

Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP)

The Child Health Accelerated Programme (CHAP) focuses on enhancing professional development for RNs working within Child Health in the Canterbury District Health Board​ by providing clinical experience through rotations to other clinical areas within child health, access to mentor support, the opportunity of postgraduate education and participation in PDRP.

Applications for a place on the 2017 programme are now open and should be made using the following online form:

CHAP application form



Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

Nurses interested in a career plan in gerontology nursing may find the following useful:

GAP booklet.pdf

Applications for the 2017 GAP programme are now open and should be made using the ​​follow​ing online form:​​

GAP application form​


Education Fairs

Education Fairs are normally held in August at several venues within the Canterbury District Health Board

The purpose of the fairs is to provide an overview of educational programmes offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to show what HWNZ funding/study assistance is available.

Representatives from most of the tertiary providers will be there to offer career advice, and a representative from the Postgraduate Nursing Education office also attends to help with funding advice.

 

PG Forum

This group meets quarterly and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for postgraduate nursing education for the Canterbury DHB region. The group consists of representatives from Canterbury District Health Board, Tertiary Education providers, NGO organisations, and others involved in postgraduate nursing education.
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Useful links

Health Workforce New Zealand

University of Otago - Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

University of Auckland

Canterbury University

Victoria University - Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Whitireia - Postgraduate Nursing and Health Studies

Massey University

EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology - run through CPIT)

WINTEC - Waikato Institute of Technology

Auckland Institute of Technology

Ara Institute of Canterbury

 

Contact Us

Jenny Gardner
Nurse Coordinator - Postgraduate Nursing Education
Email: jenny.gardner@cdhb.health.nz
Phone:337 8679

Contact Jenny for queries relating to career planning, qualifications and papers.

 

Margaret Bidois
Administrator - Postgraduate Nursing Education
Email: margaret.bidois@cdhb.health.nz
Phone: 337 8680 (Monday - Wednesday)

Contact Margaret for queries relating to funding applications, travel reimbursements and fees payments

 

The Postgraduate Nursing Education office is located at:

Level 1

32 Oxford Terrace
P O Box 1600
Christchurch​ 8011

 

 

 

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Related Documents

Change of Location

The Postgraduate Nursing Education office is now located at Level 1, 32 Oxford Terrace.

Postgraduate Nursing Education - Applications for HWNZ Funding for study in Semester 2, 2017 are now open:


Nur​​ses employed by the CDHB should apply using this form:

CDHB Online Application form for HWNZ funding


Nurses who are employed outside the CDHB, eg in an NGO, PHO or ARC facility should use this form:

NGO Online Application form for HWNZ funding


Please note that CDHB nurses applying for HWNZ funding to study postgraduate nursing education are required to have an endorsed PDRP (Professional Development Recognition Programme) portfolio at the time of application. Endorsement can be at competent, proficient or expert level.  Nurses working in designated senior nursing roles are exempt from this.​​


Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP)

Applications are now invited for the programme starting in Semester 2, 2017. Please use this form:

CHAP App​lication Form

Further information is available on the main page


Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

​Applications are now invited for the programme starting in Semester 2, 2017.  Please use this form:

GAP Applicatio​n form​

Further information is available on the main page

Travel Reimbursement Procedure

Trainees who have been approved travel funding should use the following procedure to claim their reimbursements:

Accommodation and Flight Reimbursement Procedure.pdf 

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