Thinking about returning to nursing?

Southern District Health Board's Return to Nursing Programme is running again this year at Southland Hospital starting 31st July 2017, with a call going out to all Registered Nurses who are interested in returning to the workforce.

The programme provides nurses, currently out of practice for five or more years, the opportunity to update clinical skills and knowledge to practice again in a clinical setting and regain their Annual Practicing Certificate with Nursing Council New Zealand,” said Southern DHB Nurse Educator Shelley McDonald.

“Many nurses have returned to nursing in the southern community via the Southern DHB's programme,” says Shelley.

Christina Curtin who works as a Practice Nurse at Central Medical Centre in Alexandra, completed the course in 2015 and can’t recommend it enough.

Christina trained as a nurse at Southland Hospital and then spent time working as a nurse in Singapore, London and Sydney before returning to Central Otago where she took a break from nursing to help her husband in his company and raise her young family.

The return to nursing course offered Christina the ideal opportunity to get back to nursing.

“Everyone on the course was in the same situation and we were all nervous after being out of the nursing environment for some time. The support we were given was fabulous. I had an amazing clinical mentor who acknowledged my previous experience as a nurse, and who really challenged my clinical knowledge.”

Applications can be found on Southern DHB's website under "Join our Team', or alternatively contact Shelley McDonald for further information at  The application closing date for the 2017 course Monday 3rd July.

*Photograph of Christina Curtin

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