August 08, 2022
No cap call for nurse training
A Māori nursing trainer says a radical approach is needed to tackle the nursing crisis.
Josephine Davis from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences says if the Government is serious about tackling the country’s nursing shortage it will listen to nurses.
The Nurse’s Organisation estimated there is a shortfall of about 4000 nurses.
Ms Davis says there’s a global shortage, so the answer lies in stepping up training here.
“What we would like to see is one training programme nationally that’s resourced appropriately and we’re not having a cap on numbers,” she says.
Ms Davis says an expanded training programme is also the way to increase the percentage of Māori and Pasifika nurses who are needed if inequities in the health system are to be addressed.