Evaluation of a Nurse Practitioner Education Programme

Published online: 
12 March 2018
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Nurse practitioners are highly skilled health practitioners who can provide a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions. Their broad scope of practice enables them to safely and appropriately meet changing health needs.

In 2017 the Ministry of Health commissioned Malatest International to undertake an independent evaluation of the pilot nurse practitioner training programme being provided at The University of Auckland and Massey University. The programme was designed to provide a more coordinated and strategic approach to nurse practitioner education, registration and employment.

Overall the evaluation report is positive. Most students completed the course in the time required and achieved registration within three months of completion.

The programmes are very popular (2 + applications for every available place) and programme graduates have expressed high levels of satisfaction with the scheme and have been successful in moving into employment as a nurse practitioner.

Feedback on nurse practitioner training and development

Based on the report's findings and help develop the nurse practitioner role in New Zealand, Health Workforce New Zealand and the Office of the Chief Nurse welcomes feedback from the nursing profession, employers, training providers and other stakeholders. Feedback will be received at info@healthworkforce.govt.nz until Friday, 27 April 2018.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    12 March 2018
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  • Citation:
    Malatest International. 2018. Evaluation of a Nurse Practitioner Education Programme. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
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    Only soft copy available to download
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    Third-party content. Please check the document or email the Web Manager to find out how to obtain permission to re-use content.
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