Nursing employment rate tops 90% for Ara graduates

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17 May 2016

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Graduates of the Ara nursing programme have again topped the country for employment rates, with over 90% finding work after graduation. Ara (formerly CPIT) regularly achieves the best graduate employment rate in New Zealand. This compares to the current national overall employment rate of 73.6% for graduating nurses.

Close connection with the sector, ongoing demand for nurses and innovative work-based training are the factors attributed with Ara's success.

Executive Director of Nursing at Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Mary Gordon says the sector is closely involved with nursing training at Ara providing clinical placements for nursing students, employing new graduate nurses across the Canterbury health system, supporting nurses to undertake graduate and post graduate education. Nurses within the Canterbury health system are very committed to supporting the training and development of Ara nursing students. "These students are our future nursing workforce, they will be our future nursing educators and leaders who will be shaping the health system for the future." 

Head of nursing at Ara, Cathy Andrew, says nursing training is aligned to industry conditions and the demands of modern nursing. "We have excellent relationships with clinical agencies and work closely together to provide learning experiences that are positive for students. We are seen as national leaders in innovative clinical models of learning and regularly receive feedback that our graduates are actively recruited by employers throughout NZ."

March 2016 Ara graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing achieved 90.3% employment rates. They are out working in a variety of capacities such as hospital wards, mental health, community health, aged care and emergency units.