Enrolments spike in SIT nursing programme


IN the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, more students than ever are enrolling in the Southern Institute of Technology’s (SIT) nursing programme.

SIT acting chief executive Maree Howden said the tertiary institution had a 30% increase in enrolments in its bachelor of nursing programme in 2021, compared to last year.

“We have also received some early applications for the bachelor of nursing for next year’s intake — approximately 15-17 applications —  and this is early for us.”

Ms Howden said this was not the only reason to be proud of SIT’s nursing programme.

During an SIT board meeting last week, she told fellow board members the polytech achieved a 100% pass at the last nursing council state final examination.

All students were required to pass the exam at the completion of their programme before they became a registered nurse or enrolled nurse.

The national average for enrolled and registered nurses, was 73% and 85%, respectively.

“It is great news and a very consistent result for the school of nursing… we had only one or two failures since the programme’s inception.”

SIT board chairwoman Alison Broad said they were pleased with the recent results, especially due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We were particularly proud with the 100% result because it highlights the importance of nurses in communities right throughout the world.”

Ms Howden said despite increasing numbers of students, the polytech did not have any plans to expand its programme.

Last week, SIT also announced it became a Living Wage employee with payments backdated to April 1 this year.

“The Covid pandemic has reminded us all of the importance of the work they do. We are pleased to be able to recognise this through ensuring they receive at least the living wage.”