Skills Matter funding is to be used as part of a postgraduate pathway leading towards a postgraduate certificate or diploma, or a clinical master’s degree that has clinical mental health and addiction nursing as its focus.
In some cases, nurses who have completed a master’s degree may be funded for additional study.
The core nursing courses encourage application within your own specialty practice area, and the assessments focus on advanced practice.
Some courses require clinical examination conducted in your specialty area.
Nurses must be identified as current or emerging clinical leaders, and nominated by their professional leader or equivalent.
Nurses must be supported by their employer in their application.Participants can select a programme of study equivalent in academic points to a postgraduate certificate.Study may include areas such as acute mental health nursing, addictions and co-existing problems, age related clinical specialities, psychological interventions, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy, professional leadership and other relevant programmes.In 2016 the programme is delivered by University of Otago, Massey University and University of Auckland.Registered nurses employed in a clinical role in a DHB or NGO mental health and addiction service, or in a specialist mental health role in a PHO, can apply for this programme.This programme is for registered nurses with clinical leadership roles or who are identified as emerging clinical leaders.Nurses on the programme develop their theoretical knowledge and clinical skills within the field of mental health and addiction nursing.When your course of study is approved at enrolment, a check is made that your enrolment plans will allow you to complete the qualification in the regulation timeframe.Studying only one 15 point course in a semester may not enable you to complete the qualification in the required timeframe.The courses are designed to extend practice knowledge and skill.The advanced nursing pathway has been specifically designed for practicing nurses.