March 29, 2017
Maori nursing graduates highly sought
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Maori nursing graduates are more likely to be employed than some of their counterparts.
Of the 1404 nurse graduates seeking work through the November 2016 ACE recruitment round, 853 or 61 per cent are now employed.
That includes 71 per cent of the 223 Maori nursing graduates, 58 percent of the 858 Pakeha graduates and 57 percent of the 82 Pasifika nurses.
The rest of the graduates are expected to find jobs this year, with only 3 percent of November 2015 graduates still looking for work through the ACE system.
The top three areas where nurses find work are surgical, medical, and mental health and addictions.
Dr Coleman says the data shows the available workforce is becoming a better reflection of the wider population, which should improve health outcomes and access to services.
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