Post-graduate study and funding for nurses

If you’re a registered nurse (RN) in Taranaki looking to take the next step in your nursing career, advice and funding are available for postgraduate study in 2022.

There is only one opportunity to apply for this Health Workforce funding. Applications close Thursday 28 October 2021 (4pm). Application outcome notification date is late November.


To apply

Application form (Word 78 KB)
Taranaki DHB Postgraduate Study Funding Handbook (PDF 293 KB)

Funding priorities

  1. Applicants, who successfully completed the NETP programme and are employed in a permanent position the following year, will be prioritised to complete a Postgraduate Certificate
  2. Recruitment, retention and development of the RN workforce identifying as Māori
  3. Prioritised workforce needs identified by the Taranaki DHB or VHF organisation
  4. Employer support where post graduate study/qualification is a requirement of a role
  5. Course of study aligns with National and regional health priorities such as Ministry of Health strategies, Whakamaua, DHB Health Action Plan or organisational strategies
  6. Locally delivered papers

Locally delivered papers (subject to student numbers)

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) – delivered at Western Institute of Technology (WITT) – subject to confirmation
MN8.401 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
30 credit course, blended delivery with a compulsory two-day workshop

University of Auckland
NURSING 773 30 pts Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning Semester One

Nurses make a variety of clinical decisions in their daily practice. Advanced nursing practice requires skilled health examination, consideration of differential diagnoses and evidence based diagnostic reasoning. This complex cognitive process is developed in relation to skills and knowledge required for sound clinical reasoning.

NURSING 775 30 pts Leadership and Management for Quality Health care Semester One
This course will provide health professionals with an opportunity to build their management competence and business acumen in relation to management and leadership, through project based group learning methodology, within an individual’s work environment. The course will develop participants’ management and leadership knowledge, as well as support further development of their competencies in the areas of thinking differently, quality service delivery and improvements and maximising organisational performance and change management.

NURSING 732 30 pts Leading and Managing Changes in Health Care Semester Two
An empowering course with a focus on leading sustainable change and understanding change platforms in the context of health care organisations. Uses an appreciative inquiry approach, mentorship and project work. Students will feel empowered, more resilient and have a toolkit to support them as they generate change with other health professionals in the health system.

Key dates

Open date for 2022 study applications

Monday 20 September 2021

Closing date for 2022 study applications

Thursday 28 October 2021 (4pm)

Application outcome notification date

Late November 2021

Upcoming advice

Auckland University is offering post graduate advice, via zoom at any of the below dates and times. Please just copy and paste the zoom link into your browser at the time you would like to join. Depending on numbers there will be an overview of the post graduate pathways then one-on-one advice and questions on your post graduate study. Please contact Deborah Somerville, Associate Head (Postgraduate Taught) School of Nursing, University of Auckland at if you have any questions.

Tuesday 21September, 6pm-7pm

Wednesday 22 September, 11am-12pm

Tertiary providers for post-grad study options

Auckland University of Technology

Massey University
Watch the webcast
This presentation gives and exciting overview of postgraduate study at Massey University. Rather than searching through a website you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show. You will meet the staff and be given a clear description of all the different Postgraduate Nursing pathways you can take and the requirements for each qualification. If you have any questions, or would like more information please contact the PG Nursing Administrator at

Otago University of Christchurch

University of Auckland
nursing-pg-handbook-2022.pdf (

Victoria University of Wellington



For more information

  1. For more information on postgraduate study and the application for funding processs see the revised Taranaki DHB Postgraduate Study Handbook here
  2. All the education providers invite you to contact them to discuss study options, pathways and career choices.
  3. Do also discuss your postgraduate study aspirations with your manager and clinical nurse educator. The PG coordinator, Dr Diana Fergusson, can also be contacted for guidance at

Last updated: Friday, September 24, 2021

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