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More scholarships for primary health care nurses.

Last month, the Ministry of Health awarded 114 primary health care (PHC) nurses with scholarships for postgraduate studies, ranging from $500 to $1000.

The applications were assessed by the Ministry's PHC Nursing Advisory Group, of which NZNO professional nursing adviser Angela Clark (replacing Chris Millar who left some months ago) and chair of the College of Practice Nurses NZNO Rosemary Minto, are members. In addition were four grants of $1500 for those completing a nurse practitioner programme with prescribing competencies, and three grants of $5000 for those completing a PhD. Travel and accommodation grants were also allocated, from a total scholarship pool of $239,000.

The expansion of the criteria to include programmes relating to PHC but not approved by Nursing Council has been a welcome change, particularly those involved in population health studies (eg epidemiology) and interdisciplinary learning, says Clark

"The application form to clarify the intention of scholarships will be improved for the next round. It is important that nurses make clear the relevance of their work to the PHC strategy when applying."

Nurses in the residential aged-care sector were also key players in delivering the PHC strategy, said Clark. "Nurses and employers must spread the message that these scholarships are available to these nurses too. So far, no one from this sector has applied for one of these scholarships."

The next round of PHC scholarships will be available on the Ministry webpage (http:// www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/nursing-scholarships) in October, with a November closing date, to ensure that applications for 2007 are processed prior to Christmas.
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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