Will this get us the nurse we need?
The Green Party is recognising the critical work that nurses do and committing to support the workforce so they are no longer underpaid, overworked, and undervalued. Around 1/3 of nursing students are dropping out before completing their training because of financial hardship and stress. Funded training and earn as you learn schemes will help support current and future nursing students to finish their qualifications and start on the job. These policies will ensure the nursing workforce pipeline is supporting nurses in terms of pay, staffing and wellbeing across their whole careers, from students through to clinical practice across the entire health system, including Māori workers who provide essential care for whānau, hapū and iwi.