Secretary of Health Bob Williams (centre) at the National Auditorium with some of the team behind the launch of the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific degree for the Cook Islands. Photo: Matthew Littlewood/22052725
Seventeen students pursuing Bachelor in Nursing Pacific are five weeks away from completing their first year of studies.
Nursing Lecturer – Cook Islands for the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific (BNP),
Mirella Simpson said they began the programme with 20 students.
three had dropped out of the programme due to personal family reasons such as
moving overseas for work or needing to care for family members.
Bachelor of Nursing Pacific Programme is delivered by Te
Pukenga formally Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited.
advertisement and recruitment for cohort two begins in June, 2023.
said students are supported as much as possible and offered pastoral care from
the teaching team, from the University of the South Pacific’s student support
services and Te Marae Ora, in order to work through the challenges that
students may be facing.
says students are on a scholarship basis which is facilitated by Te Marae Ora
Ministry of Health.
of the South Pacific Cook Islands campus director, Dr Debi Futter-Puati said
the programme “came about when TMO could not recruit nurses from overseas due
looked to provide a programme that would train Cook Islanders in-country with a
New Zealand accredited programme that would also be appropriate to the context
of the Cook Islands.”
said the New Zealand Nursing Council visited Rarotonga and Aitutaki last year
to inspect the facilities for placements and then approved the programme to be
facilitated in the Cook Islands.
said Te Marae Ora through the Cook Islands Government was sponsoring the
training of 60 nurses.
courses are delivered by Simpson and her team at the USP Cook Islands campus
with the degree taking three years to complete.
The next group of
students will enrol in 2024, and the final group in 2026 with 26 students to be
recruited in each cohort.