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CLOSE TO three quarters of nurses who graduated in November 2015 were employed at March 31 this year, according to the annual Nursing Education in the Tertiary Sector (NETS) survey. Of the 1285 graduates included in the survey, 73.6 per cent (n=946) were employed as registered nurses (RNs), 17.3 per cent (n=222) had not been offered work as RNs, and two per cent (n=26) were not looking for work as RNs. Ninety-one graduates did not complete the survey.

More new graduates--93--were employed in residential aged care this year than last year, but fewer were employed in district health board (DHB) aged-care services. DHB psychogeriatric, assessment and rehabilitation and continuing care services employed 56 new graduates, 19 fewer than last year. Residential aged care took 15 more new graduates this year than last.

Surgical nursing absorbed the largest number of graduates, with 178 employed by DHBs and 12 by other surgical providers. Medical nursing was the next most common practice area, with DHBs employing 175 new graduates and two employed outside the DHB sector.

Primary health care (PHC) nursing, including practice nursing, was the next biggest employer of new graduates, with 35 employed by DHBs and 45 by other PHC providers. DHB inpatient mental health units employed 73 new graduates, with two employed in non-DHB units. Community mental health services employed 35 new graduates, with just one of those employed outside DHB services.

Child health

Child health, including neonatology, accounted for 62 new graduates, with just one employed outside DHBs. Perioperative nursing took 64 new graduates--57 in DHBs and seven with other providers.

Ten new graduates were employed in district nursing services and two each in obstetrics and maternity, and public health, with 17 employed in other practice settings.

Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT) led the field in the percentage of its November 2015 graduates who were employed as RNs, at 90.3 per cent. Just 57.4 per cent of Unitec's 68 graduates were working as RNs. Of the 27 graduates from Whitireia's Pacific programme, just 48.1 per cent were working as RNs at March 31, compared to 75 per cent of the 16 who graduated from Manukau Institute of Technology's Pacific programme.

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Title Annotation:news & events; distribution of nurses that graduated
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jun 1, 2016
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