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Scholarships for primary health nurses.

Primary health care nurses (PHCN) from the East Coast of the North Island have expressed extreme disappointment at missing out on the most recent PHCN scholarships being offered by the Ministry of Health.

According to Tairawhiti Innovative Nursing Team co-ordinator Diane Williams, a number of nurses had wanted to apply for the scholarships and had been scanning the Ministry website regularly, searching for dates for the first round of scholarships this year. They had also emailed and phoned the Ministry directly and kept in touch with colleagues, organisations and institutions that would most likely be informed about the dates.

"You can imagine our disbelief and dismay when we realised the Ministry had listed the scholarships on December 19, with a dosing date of January 14," said Williams. "The MoH had sup posedly told all directors of nursing, organisations and institutions offering postgraduate nursing studies about these scholarships. No one in our region seemed to have been informed. We believe the Ministry has an obligation to ensure PHCNs are aware of such information. We also think a dosing date of only three weeks over the holiday period is very unfair."

According to Ministry scholarship co-ordinator Alison Wilkie, 140 applications were received by the cut-off date. Scholarships have now been awarded to over 100 nurses, including five applicants for rural nurse practitioner scholarships. Another round of scholarships for the second semester will be available in June, with information posted on the Ministry website near the end of May. Another round for rural nurse practitioner scholarships was expected by the middle of this month.
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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