Quote from ceridwyn
Take a big breathe and leave this one alone...Ceridwyn, no have to say something - only to say so sorry you think poorly of a 3 year nursing degree after all completing 13 years of secondary education and then attend a proper research focused university, taught by well experienced educated nurses, a degree that does not have subjects such as military service and folk dancing or languages from the islands, but 24 subjects of pure nursing focused subjects that do include biological, wholistic, cultural sensitivity subjects as well as practical nursing, most of the time done concurrently for the best way of learning the art of those nursing subjects then you can be a critic of another countries nursing program.
BTW all nurses in Australia and NZ since the early 90's must have a "crappy" 3 year nursing degree to be an RN to even go on to post graduate study unless given exemptions for their "crappy grad cents or grad dips" from the university if hey still have a hospital certificate.
And there are differences between NZ and Australia, is there differences between the US and Canada, the Phillipines and India? before one starts clumping areas together best experience it first hand.
You maybe as well have been talking to nurses with diplomas from the UK or Associates from the US, not locals with their poor 3 year degree.
I still state though even with their poor 3 year degree or poor diploma with grad cents or hrs diplomas they are first of all RN's with experience before they become advanced practitioners and have even more experience before they can study and be considered NP's
What's the hang up with not having exams? Maybe their courses required a thesis!
You take offense where no offense was meant. I was simply trying to explain the difference between the US and Australian/New Zealand education and health care systems. I have worked in the US, Australia and NZ. The systems are different as in the US one could never be a Clinical Specialist, a Nurse Educator or an NP without a Masters degree. That is very different from Australia and New Zealand. Different systems and different cultures. I was just trying to explain that NZ culture is different. Are you Kiwi Ceridwyn? I am and I work in an insular country of 4 million. The conditions here are not the same as you have in Australia.