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Media release – July 31 2015

NorthTec and Jane Mander team up to open new teaching unit
Dedicated education unit to train up to 30 nurses a year

NorthTec and Jane Mander Retirement Village have combined forces to set up a centre of excellence for nurse training.

The retirement village, owned by Ryman Healthcare, and the Whangarei-based tertiary study institution have been working on the plan to set up a dedicated education unit (DEU) for the past three years.

The DEU was officially opened at a ceremony today.

Under the agreement the Whangarei retirement village will open its doors to up to 28 nurse trainees a year.

Jane Mander village manager Helen Franklin is a registered nurse with a background in training. She said the DEU meant the trainee nurses could work with staff and tutors on site to build practical experience in a supportive working environment.

“For the nurses it means they can get out of the classroom and into a real working environment in a controlled way. For residents it means an extra pair of hands to help, and our staff benefit by being exposed to students’ questions and the latest thinking in the way we care for people.’’

“We see it as a great chance for everyone involved to benefit.’’

Nursing lecturer Victoria Munro said NorthTec had DEUs at Whangarei Hospital but it was the first one set up at an aged care provider.

“It’s been a bit of a journey over the last three years but we are pleased to have succeeded in getting a DEU set up.’’

The partners had to prove that they were providing an appropriate environment for nurse trainees where they could get all the supervision and support they needed.

Victoria Munro said having access to a DEU in aged care meant the nurses could see at firsthand what great career opportunities aged care offered.

Helen Franklin said she hoped that working and training at Jane Mander meant that the passion staff had for their residents would rub off on the students.
“Often new graduate nurses do not want to work in aged care as it is not seen as exciting, we try to show them that working in the industry can be really exciting, and also very rewarding,’’ Helen Franklin said.

“Nurses that work in aged care have to be competent in so many areas, it is a speciality all by itself. We all need to promote a positive image of aging and aged care in general as we will all need the services one day.’’

About Ryman Healthcare: Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns 28 villages and serves over 9.000 residents in New Zealand and Australia. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602.
NorthTec: For further information please contact Marketing Communications Officer, Clare Blackburn, on 09 470 3880 or 027 836 5997.


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