The School of Nursing – Te Kura Tāpuhi works closely with health organisations in New Zealand and around the world to improve the health of people and their communities.
Our innovative school provides a world-class teaching, learning and research environment in which scholarship and research flourishes. Our teaching programmes emphasise clinical expertise and leadership in nursing.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi
The School of Nursing respects and upholds the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi. We demonstrate commitment to developing and maintaining culturally safe and competent nursing practice, and act as advocates for tangata whenua.
We focus on the synergies and staircasing of te Tiriti across the nursing course offerings. Attention to contemporary understandings and practices enacting te Tiriti in nursing and health care is a key pillar throughout the school.
Study with us
We are New Zealand's only nursing school offering nursing degrees on two campuses (Palmerston North and Wellington) and the leading provider of highly skilled nurse practitioners.
All our clinical programmes are accredited with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
Explore by area of interest
Explore a selection of qualifications relating to your interests.
Who we are
Our people make us who we are.
Professor Nicolette Sheridan
Nicolette Sheridan is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded nurse academics. She has a PhD in Public Health and qualifications in occupational health and education. Nicolette has led international research into equity in healthcare and a national study on the effectiveness of primary care.
Our research strategy aims to build research leadership, capability and capacity. We understand that research and practice are essential partners, and we strive to build academic and industry collaborations locally, nationally and internationally. Our approach is to build translational research and teaching across academic and clinical domains of practice.
Primary health care
Including health service models and health equity, and primary health care different populations such as:
- Māori and Pacific peoples
- children and young people
- older adults, including those with long-term conditions and multi-morbidity.
Mental health in different settings and within diverse populations such as the Tongan community.
Including the health workforce, and nursing education, theory and practice.
Examples of how our people create and share new knowledge.
Primary health care
Dr Andrea Donaldson
This Health Research Activation Grant project explores existing knowledge about the prevalence of non-fatal strangulation of adults and children in relation to domestic violence. The team is particularly interested in developing a detailed medical-forensic assessment tool, rather than routine tick-box screening, for first responders to use with patients of all ages who have experienced non-fatal strangulation.
Supporting lifestyle change and vocational rehabilitation
Professor Clare Harvey
This Health Research Activation Grant project evaluates a pilot run in one regional health service that aims to establish individualised, collaborative programmes for patients living with complex health issues to return to work whilst self-managing their complex conditions effectively. It is a collaboration between the health service, government agencies, the patients and their whānau.
Health service models
Dr Alison Pirret
Increases in healthcare demands and complex illnesses place increased pressure on hospital wards and intensive care beds. This project explores nursing practice models to support effective patient care within contemporary health constraints.
Death is different
This study explores the experiences of nurses working in intensive care units (ICU) to find out how they cope with extended-stay COVID-19 patients. The focus will be to:
- identify positive and negative factors that influence nurses’ capacity to care in this unchartered experience
- explore how nurses reconcile the absence of family/whānau prevented from visiting because of pandemic-related controls.
Humanising intensive care (ICU) within constraints of a pandemic
Dr Claire Minton
Person-centeredness remains the ultimate goal for ICU nurses, described as being able to integrate biomedical treatment and maintenance of patient identity with a compassionate and professional presence.
However, the partnership between patient and nurse is fraught with challenges associated with the clinical state of the patient and the environment.
Accreditations and rankings
Nursing Council of New Zealand
Our nursing qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Upon completion you can apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
QS Ranking - Nursing
Massey nursing is ranked in the world's top 150 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
ShanghaiRanking - nursing
Massey University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and second in New Zealand in the subject area of nursing by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
New Zealand Performance-Based Research Fund Rankings
According to the NZ PBRF Rankings 2018, Massey University achieved research excellence relative to other New Zealand universities in the subject area of nursing.
Support nursing scholarships
There are currently more than 4,000 nursing vacancies across New Zealand, and our hospitals and medical centres are under enormous pressure.
Massey University’s Bachelor of Nursing degree is renowned for the quality of its graduates. You can help us encourage school leavers to enter the nursing profession and ensure our nursing students complete their studies and enter the workforce equipped to deliver the best possible care to New Zealanders. Select Nursing Scholarship Fund as your donation designation to help our nursing students.
Meet our graduates
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey University and am thankful for the many relationships I developed along the way, the wider network of health professionals I engaged with, and the opportunity to be involved with Massey after graduating.”
“The Master of Nursing played a crucial part in influencing what I have done so far in my career. The lecturers were supportive and challenged me to think critically and to express my ideas. As a Māori student I was well supported by Massey through Te Rau Puawai – a programme established by Sir Mason Durie.”
“The Master of Nursing programme will offer me a tremendous influence on the future of nursing by educating and mentoring junior nurses and student nurses. Being able to play such a vital role in the continuous care of entire global communities is something that most people can only dream of.”
For students and our graduates
Postgraduate study at Massey prepares you for clinical leadership roles such as prescribing nurse, clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner.
Graduates registering overseas
For Massey graduates applying for registration in another country, the School of Nursing will provide a transcript, the academic certification for your overseas registration process. There is an administration fee.
Meet our graduates
“Massey University has not only provided a foundation for my future in nursing, but it has also given me the opportunity to inspire and bring hope to my own whānau and friends.”
“I'd always had an interest in health and wanted to do something that would make a significant contribution to my community. The degree built my confidence in what I am capable of, both academically and practically. It’s never too late to start something new at any stage of life.”
“My strengths and resilience grew on physical, emotional and psychological levels as my depth of knowledge about health, patients, society and healthcare services grew with the programme.”
You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study with us.
Nursing simulation suites
- mock hospital settings
- two-way observation spaces
- standard nursing equipment for hospital and community work.
Students learn and practice nursing skills through case studies and simulations using actors, interactive manikins and real-time body camera recordings.
Location: Manawatū and Wellington campuses
Empathy is a key aspect of healthcare. But when you're fit and healthy, it's not always easy to understand the impacts of long-term illness or ageing. Nursing students wear special suits that mimic what it's like to do daily tasks after suffering a stroke, or being restricted by declining health.
Location: Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses
Contact the School of Nursing
We teach on Massey's Palmerston North (Manawatū) and Wellington campuses.
School of Nursing – Manawatū campus
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