Master of health added
Wintec will be the first New Zealand education provider in the North Island to develop a graduate entry programme in nursing which responds to the growing need for culturally responsive care in the health sector.
Wintec plans to enrol the first students for the Master of Health Science (graduate entry) in February. This intense two-year degree is a pathway for people who are graduates of a bachelor degree in academic areas other than nursing. This degree will help people become a registered nurse.
Zoe Tipa of Kai Tahu, Kahungunu descent joined Wintec recently to support the development of nursing education environments that are responsive to Te Ao Ma¯ ori. With a background in primary healthcare, gerontology, Ma¯ ori health and tamariki ora nursing, Zoe, a registered nurse, is also researching cultural safety and how it relates to the concept of cultural responsiveness for her PHD at AUT (Auckland University of Technology).
For Zoe, developing the new degree has been an incredible opportunity to explore new ways of nursing.
“An understanding of cultural responsiveness is an essential component in nursing practice. It’s about creating a whole environment where the practitioner considers and responds to the cultural needs of the person receiving the service.”
Her research aims to identify ways to reduce health inequities for Ma¯ ori accessing Well Child/tamariki Ora services.