30 Aug 2023

Massey University to axe nursing programme

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 30 August 2023
Medical professional signing a document.

Medical professional signing a document. Photo: 123RF

As the government promises a range of initiatives to boost nursing numbers, Massey University is scrapping its Bachelor of Nursing at its Auckland campus.

From next year, the programme will be available at the Manawatu and Wellington campuses only. 

Massey University says discontinuing the course will "reduce the duplication of resources".

The announcement comes a month after the government revealed a plan to address the nursing workforce shortage, including a 'significant increase' in the number of nurses trained domestically.

The plan has been described as 'short-sighted' by both the nurses union and the Tertiary Education Union.

Kathryn speaks with Kere Nuku, Kaiwhakahaere (president) of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and TEU Organiser Ben Schmidt.