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New Zealand Nursing Graduates say there are not enough jobs in the industry by Idowu Olabode : November 24, 2016, 09:34:16 AM
Hundreds of nursing graduates are failing to get job offers straight after graduating, according to their union.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says there could be a "talent pool" of about 400 people waiting for jobs, with about 40 per cent of graduates failing to get straight into the industry's main first-year recruitment programme.



Sarah Lacey, 24, of Levin, graduated from Massey University about a year ago and has not been able to get into the Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) programme.

She felt a "little exploited" after believing the country needed more nurses. "I feel like I was promised all these things: a job, a satisfying career. And I'm still struggling."

Karen Worthington, 22, of Porirua, graduated from Massey with a bachelor's degree in nursing more than a year ago.

But after applying for countless roles around the country - and with a $50,000 student loan - she said she had been forced to seek other work because there were not enough NETP roles available.

The year-long programme provides extra supervision and mentoring for registered nurses looking to start out.

Placement into the NETP is co-ordinated by the Advanced Choice of Employment process, which gives graduates three chances to interview after being matched with district health boards for potential employment.

Worthington said her work references were good but, without having secured a NETP role, she had been told she lacked experience for other DHB roles.

"It's the bane of our existence, trying to get a job.

"These are nurses who want to work. They studied nursing for a reason but they're not getting jobs."

Massey University head of nursing school professor Annette Huntington said it was surprising to hear Massey graduates had not yet found jobs, because the school had a great success rate.

Generally, most found work within six months of finishing, she said.

Capital & Coast DHB executive director of nursing and midwifery Andrea McCance said it increased its NETP intake from 72 to 90 places over the past three years.

"In the last year we have placed 116 graduate nurses and midwifes at CCDHB. They have been working across Wellington Regional and Kenepuru hospitals, primary care, and aged and residential care sectors."

"We plan to take similar numbers in 2017."

Hutt Valley DHB chief executive Ashley Bloomfield said the board would employ new graduates throughout next year and, as nursing vacancies occured, "we always look in the first instance to see if they can be filled by a graduate nurse".

The Ministry of Health, with oversees the Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) process, said: "We know from past trends that most of the graduates who do not gain employment at the time of the ACE match gain employment in New Zealand within 12 months".

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