Mas­ter of health added

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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.

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