Workforce NZ PG Funding
for 2023 close on Friday 7th October 2022
Wairarapa Hospital Health Service Nurses - APPLY HERE
Primary & Aged Residential Care Health Service
Nurses - APPLY HERE
Before you apply:
registered nurse who wishes to apply for funding for 2023 will need to have
a career conversation.
Career conversations enable you to consider what your future aspirations are,
and how your study pathway will support your professional growth.
Please email Hannah Chittick (PG Funding Coordinator) to book your career conversation.
Please bring to your career
conversation and be ready to discuss:
A copy of your
What papers you have
What your study plan is
What your future
How your plan of study
aligns with the Nursing and Midwifery Priorities
Following your career
conversation, you will be able to apply for funding from the 1st of August
using the online application form. The application form will take approximately
20 minutes to complete and you will not be able to save your progress so it
must be completed in one sitting.
The 2023 application process if
for the entire 2023 academic year i.e. Semester one, Semester two and Summer
The steps below outline the process for funding applications
Decide which papers you would
like to apply for funding for and complete your Professional Development Career Plan in
discussion with your manager to identify career goals and how you will attain
Contact and arrange a career
conversation - remember to take with you a copy of your academic transcript and
your Professional Development Career Plan.
Apply for funding using the
online application form from the 1st of August. It is important that all
sections are completed. If you have any trouble with the application form,
please contact Hannah.Chittick@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz for assistance. You will receive email acknowledgement of
your application. Applications close on the 7th of October 2022.
NB: Hospital staff -
Your service DON and line manager will prioritise applications for their area
considering roster implications, skill mix on ward, how this paper will improve
patient outcomes, how it fits with your areas PD plan, and PDRP level of
The criteria below is the
minimum requirement for eligibility. Prioritisation of funding follows the
initial application supported by line managers and Directors of Nursing.
Current PDRP Portfolio (competent or higher) at
the time of application
0.6FTE and above
Applicants to have completed Career Conversation prior to
Hold a current annual practicing certificate (APC) with no
restrictions on that APC that would negatively impact on your ability to
participate in the programme
Be currently employed as a registered nurse by a health
service that is funded by the DHB or Ministry of Health from Vote Health
Be a New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand residency
permit as required by the New Zealand Immigration Service
Meet entry criteria required by the education provider
Not a concurrent recipient of scholarships or funding for
the same papers that you are applying to HW for
Postgraduate Education is a
formal education programme within a university or approved tertiary provider.
HW prioritises funding for qualifications rather than individual papers,
i.e. Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree.
Postgraduate Education for nurses is encouraged and supported because it
Develop expert practice and advanced practice roles
Improve the delivery of nursing care by encouraging the
application of evidence based practice
Improve health outcomes
Promote ongoing professional development for nurses
Health Workforce funded
Funding is made available through Health Workforce if you, and the course
you want to do, meet certain criteria. This funding covers tuition fees,
clinical mentoring and clinical release for nurses (trainees) to attend
postgraduate nursing training programmes. Health Workforce funding does not cover travel
and accommodation costs for attending compulsory block course days
Health Workforce will only fund papers leading to a clinical nursing
Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing
Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing
Master of Nursing
Masters with Prescribing Practicum
Health Workforce expect that all nurses applying for funding to have a
robust career plan in place, this means you will need to submit a career
plan with your application. Please click here to access
Health Workforce Career Plan resource that will help you to work through a
four step process to help you formulate your Career plan; knowing
yourself, exploring possibilities, making choices and making it happen.
If you have received funding in 2022, then you will need to submit a review of
the career plan that you submitted in 2021 and provide an updated career
plan. Completing the career plan will also help you to think about matters
Where you want your career to be in five years time?
What educational programme will fit in with your plans?
How you want your practice to grow?
How will the paper you are taking benefit your service as
well as help meet your aspirations?
If you are planning to
undertake a RN prescribing practicum or Nurse Practitioner (NP) advanced practice
and prescribing practicum course, approval to enrol is required at a service
level and the DON. Support to undertake the practicum courses relies on
organisational agreement for role development during and after the practicum. A
Prescribing Practicum Support Plan must be prepared before commencing the
paper. This information also informs work-site planning, Health Workforce funding
prioritisation and workforce development.
A Prescribing Practicum Support Plan will address
the additional expectations for clinical teaching, prescribing supervision
(often medical or NP) and advanced practice mentoring associated with these
papers. Health Workforce funding contributes towards the additional costs associated with
completing a NP advanced practice and prescribing practicum (e.g. professional
supervision, clinical release). For more information or guidance, please
If professional supervision is
part of your practicum plan, a list of supervisors can be obtained by
emailing Nursing@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz once your application is approved.
Application for up to 10-hours
clinical mentoring support must be approved prior to undertaking a course
This support is only available
for courses that require clinical mentoring/clinical mentor in addition to
academic teaching/mentoring. Clinical mentoring must be negotiated by the nurse
enrolling in the course in consultation with their Line Manager and DON at
the time of your HW career conversation. Approval will be documented in their
Clinical mentoring is the
provision of clinical teaching and coaching to support the Health Workforce trainee (nurse)
to extend knowledge and skills through clinical experience, critical thinking,
skilled health assessment and comprehension of diagnostic measures and outcomes.
These skills are required for evidence based clinical reasoning.
Assessment courses that may
require clinical mentoring
An assessment paper that
requires learning and practising new clinical assessment skills through
accessing clinical mentoring to extend practice in the workplace or a new
Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (Massey University)
Advanced Assessment and Therapuetic Intervention in Mental
Health (Massey University)
Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (Victoria University
Advanced Mental Health Assessment (University of Auckland)
Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa
can provide funding for cultural supervision/mentoring and resources
to support Māori and Pacific registered nurses undertaking HW funded
Cultural Support funding is
open to any person who has whakapapa and cultural links to whānau, hapū and iwi
(for Māori) or is of Pacific Peoples descent and has established cultural links
to the Pacific Peoples' communities.
Students who identify as Māori
or Pacific Peoples descent in their application, will be invited to participate
in a hui or fono to learn more about the cultural support.
Either a formal or informal relationship between
members of the same culture with the purpose being to ensure that the
supervisee is practising according to the values, protocols and practices of
that particular culture. It is about cultural accountability and cultural
development (Eruera, 2005).
Mentoring is an advisory role in which an
experienced, highly regarded, collegial person guides another individual in the
development and examination of their own ideas, learning, and personal and
professional development. The relationship is dynamic, complex and reciprocal.
It supports growth and bridges the gap between the educational process and the
real world. The relationship identifies the talents the mentee already
possesses and the nurturing and encouragement of these talents in order to
fully develop them (Barker, 2006; College of Health Disciplines, 2005; College
of Nurses Aotearoa, 2007).
An appropriately qualified and experienced person,
who facilitates learning, supervises and assesses trainees continually so that
the trainee achieves their outcomes at the end of the programme. Mentors
motivate and encourage trainees to continue their education (HW, 2006). A
mentor may also be someone trained in providing clinical (professional)
This support can be combined with cultural
supervision or mentoring but funds for cultural development are limited to:
Membership to Māori or Pacific Health Professional
Cultural activities including Kuia/Kaumātua, and peer