About the Nursing Pipeline Programme
Workforce is a key component for the delivery of New Zealand’s healthcare. To enable a sustainable nursing workforce, we need to understand the current and future supply and demand needs.
The Nursing Pipeline Programme was established in late 2019 to collectively progress improvements to the nursing pipeline in New Zealand and to support the nursing workforce’s ability to meet current and future challenges. The Nursing Pipeline Programme Steering Group is a Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora led programme of work in partnership with the Ministry of Health Office of the Chief Nurse, New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), New Zealand Nursing Council (NZNC), Education providers, Aged Residential Care and nursing leaders from across the sector. The aim is to get a shared understanding of the nursing pipeline and to work with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and education providers to ensure the supply and demographics of nurses match both the demand and the needs of the populations nursing serves.
Māori Data Sovereignty Principles for the Nursing Pipeline Programme
Māori data sovereignty is a fundamental consideration for the Nursing Pipeline Programme, developed to ensure that Māori are integral to both the kōrero and decision-making process for putting in place programmes to help attract and retain Māori students, and later progression and retention of Māori nurses.
Reports and Recommendation Papers
Māori and Pasifika Nurses – New Entry to Practice (NEtP) Programme Report
This literature review was a key deliverable from initiatives six: Strategic review of the NETP/NESP Programme as it transitions to Health NZ and explores the experiences, perspectives and insights of Māori and Pasifika nurses who completed the NEtP programme within the last five years to ensure that partnership is embedded in the redesign of nurse graduates entering the workforce.
Māori and Pasifika Nurses - New Entry to Practice (NEtP) Programme Report (PDF, 431KB)
Last updated August 2022
Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) Programmes: Review of the New Zealand literature
This literature review was a key deliverable from initiatives six: Strategic review of the NETP/NESP Programme as it transitions to Health NZ and presents a review of the NZ literature about the NETP Programme.
Review of NETP in NZ Literature (PDF, 1.12MB)
Last updated March 2022
Review of the Enrolled Nurse (EN) Role
This recommendations paper was a key deliverable from initiatives three and four: options for an EN pathway to complete Bachelor level nursing programmes (BN) and options for a pathway to EN for those who exit the BN programme. The paper investigates recommendations to support an effective, fit for purpose programmes and employment of a sustainable EN Workforce.
Enrolled Nurse Recommendations Paper (PDF, 1.21MB)
Last updated March 2022
Responding to Māori student attrition rates
This recommendations paper was a key deliverable from initiative two: Work in partnership with Māori nurse leaders and education providers to identify how, as a sector, we can be more responsive to factors affecting the retention of Māori nursing students. A review was undertaken of current literature detailing the factors identified creating a barrier for Māori student entry into and completion of undergraduate nursing education and recommended strategies that could mitigate these barriers.
Responding to Māori student attrition rates (PDF, 365KB)
Last updated February 2022
The Nursing Pre-Registration Education Pipeline Report
The Nursing Pre-Registration Education Pipeline report outlines the current undergraduate supply of both Registered and Enrolled Nurses in New Zealand. This report aims to provide a better understanding of the pre-registration education pipeline - from enrolment into education programmes through to graduation. The report utilises Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) data to look at the completion and assumed early exits across all the nursing schools. The insights in this report are being used to inform and support initiatives to forecast both supply and demand across the system, so that the nursing workforce is best positioned to meet the current and future needs of the communities it serves.
Some of the key findings include:
- An increase in students enrolling in bachelor level nursing programmes in 2019, an increase of with just over 40% of these coming straight from secondary school. In 2019, the total number of new enrolments was 2578, which is 3.3% higher than the 2010 figure of 2496.
- Most new enrolments in bachelor level nursing programmes choose to enrol with a provider in their home region.
- A slight increase in students completing bachelor level nursing programmes in 2019, over 2018 completions. The majority (57%) of those completing in 2019 are aged under 25 years, which is the same as in 2018.
- Analysis of reported ethnicity for those completing bachelor level nursing programmes from 2010 to 2019, indicates increasing numbers of students identifying as Māori (12% to 17% of completions) and Pacific People (5 to 9% of completions).
- There was an increase in students enrolling in an enrolled nursing diploma programme in 2019 over the 2018 enrolments, with 37% of these coming from work. Over the period 2012-2019, the average number of new enrolments for the enrolled nursing diploma courses was 199 enrolments per year.
- There was an increase in students completing an enrolled nursing diploma in 2019. The number of students completing has been increasing for the last few years. Annual completion figures for enrolled nursing education programmes have been variable, with an average of 158 completions per year.
The Nursing Pre-Registration Education Pipeline Report (PDF, 1.05MB)
Last updated June 2021