NZ Government announces new nurse scholarships

NZ Government announces new nurse scholarshipsIn a recent announcement, the New Zealand Government has said that scholarships will be given to 48 graduate nurses to work in general practices in some of the higher need or low income communities in the country. These communities include Aranui, Kaikohe, Mangere, Murupara, Kawerau, Waitakere, Wairoa, and Whanganui.

With Health Minister Tony Ryall having disclosed in September 2013 announcement that $16 million of additional funds - over a four-year period - will be invested in Very Low Cost Access (VLCA) practices, including a one-off $1.5 million scholarship fund for 30 graduate nurses, the recent announcement by the Government implies that the original plan for scholarships has been expanded.

Pointing out that the original plan for 30 scholarships - to graduate nurses for working in general practices in higher need communities - has been increased to 48 scholarships, Ryall said that the expansion of the plan is essentially a result of interest which nurse graduates as well as general practices have shown in the scholarships.

Moreover, along with increasing in the number of scholarships, the Government has also increased the scholarship fund from $1.5 million to $2.4 million, so that 48 graduate nurses can get scholarships.

Revealing that more than half of the nurses have already been appointed and the recruitment of the remaining nurses is currently underway, Ryall said: "These 48 graduate nurses will work alongside GPs, practice nurses and other members of the general practice team delivering care to communities with the greatest need."