Three Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi nursing students have been awarded Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance Janet Maloney-Moni Nursing and Medical Scholarships for 2017.
Full scholarships were awarded to first-year Bachelor of Health Science Māori Nursing (Te Ōhanga Mataora Paetahi) student Tina Black, who completed an Awanuiārangi bridging to nursing programme last year, and to third-year student Aroha Hurkmans. Third-year student Kaysea Cronin was awarded the third (partial) scholarship.
The scholarships are open to nurses or student nurses in the Eastern Bay of Plenty who have an interest in primary health care. They are awarded in honour of New Zealand's first Māori nurse practitioner, the late Janet Maloney-Moni, of Whakatōhea, who lived in and worked from Opotiki.
Awanuiārangi Director of Nursing Ngaira Harker said the scholarship recipients were aiming to work within the Mataatua community from a bi-cultural perspective, and, following in the footsteps of Janet Maloney-Moni, were training to be culturally as well as clinically competent.
“A couple of our students were also awarded this scholarship in 2016. We thank the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance for their generosity in having these kinds of scholarships available to nursing students,” Ms Harker said.
This is the final year for the first intake of the three-year Bachelor of Health Science Māori Nursing. A total of 21 Year 3 students are expected to sit the State Final national examination in November.
“We’re really looking forward to this large group graduating next year,” Ms Harker said. “This will be important for the Māori workforce as well as for Māori health. Only 7% of nurses in the workforce are Māori, and our first output of graduates will go some way to addressing this disparity within the nursing workforce.
“With another full intake of Year 1 nursing students this year, we hope that we will continue to provide a steady increase of Māori nurses annually from now on, and we expect that to impact positively on health care outcomes for Māori and other cultures.
“Awanuiārangi is the only nursing school delivered by a Wānanga which makes our programme unique. Our programme focus is not only clinical competency but, equally important, cultural competency incorporating tikanga hau ora me tona reo, to strengthen our students’ confidence and capability to engage effectively and successfully with Māori and other cultures in improving health outcomes. The wānanga is the perfect environment to nurture and grow nurses who are able to deliver this dual competency.”