Schools Handbook

In July 2014, the Nursing Council revised the Handbook for Nursing Departments Offering Programmes Leading to Registration. 

The purpose of this Handbook is to inform heads of nursing studies, academic staff, clinical teaching staff and administrators within nursing departments of the Council’s legislative requirements and current policies on nursing education, state final examinations and applications for registration. 

The Handbook contains the following sections:

  • Section 1: Introduction 
  • Section 2: Standards 
  • Section 3: Curriculum framework for the bachelor degree in nursing 
  • Section 4: Curriculum framework for the diploma in enrolled nursing 
  • Section 5: General policies for enrolled nurse and registered nurse 
  • Section 6: Registration 
  • Section 7: Examination 
  • Appendix 1: Competencies for the registered nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 2: Competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 3: Policy guidelines for the accreditation of institutions seeking to establish a school of nursing
  • Appendix 4: Education programme standards for the registered nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 5: Education programme standards for the enrolled nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 6: NZQA Guidelines for approval of programmes of study leading to qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and accreditation of tertiary education providers
    • Section 4: Requirements for changes to approved programmes and provider accreditations 
  • Appendix 7: Notification to Nursing Council of New Zealand: credit granted through recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • Appendix 8: Requirements for registration in the registered nurse scope of practice – information for students
  • Appendix 9: Requirements for registration in the enrolled nurse scope of practice – information for students
  • Appendix 10: Schedule of fees 

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