Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley Hospital Health Service provides funding for cultural supervision/mentoring and resources to support Māori and Pacific registered nurses undertaking postgraduate funded study.
Cultural Support funding is open to any person who has whakapapa and cultural links to whānau, hapū and iwi (for Māori) or is of Pacific Peoples descent and has established cultural links to the Pacific Peoples' communities.
Students who identify as Māori or Pacific Peoples descent in their application, will be invited to participate in a hui or fono to learn more about the cultural support.
Principles of Cultural support for Māori and Pacific Nurses at Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley.
- Whakapapa – Nurses who identify as Maori or Pacific
- Whanaungatanga – establish connections and relationships with other Māori and Pacific nurses.
- Manaakitanga – pastoral care for Maori and Pacific NETP nurses. Supporting Post-graduate Maori and Pacific Nurses in academic studies, career goals and toward professional development.
- Āwhinatanga – Mentorship programme for NETP nurses. Identifying and establishing new mentors from across the DHB.
- Whakaruruhau – provide a safe place for all Maori and Pacific to open up and discuss challenges, without judgment.
- Kotahitanga – work together to grow a strong resilient Māori and Pacific nursing workforce.
For those undertaking funded post graduate studies you will be contacted before your paper starts and offered support to set you up for success and getting back into study. At this Hui / Fono we will start our conversation of what support you may want or need and take it from there.
Any questions please contact: Phoenix Ahomiro (Nurse Coordinator- NETP & Cultural Support)
Either a formal or informal relationship between members of the same culture with the purpose being to ensure that the supervisee is practising according to the values, protocols and practices of that particular culture. It is about cultural accountability and cultural development (Eruera, 2005).
Mentoring is an advisory role in which an experienced, highly regarded, collegial person guides another individual in the development and examination of their own ideas, learning, and personal and professional development. The relationship is dynamic, complex and reciprocal. It supports growth and bridges the gap between the educational process and the real world. The relationship identifies the talents the mentee already possesses and the nurturing and encouragement of these talents in order to fully develop them (Barker, 2006; College of Health Disciplines, 2005; College of Nurses Aotearoa, 2007).
An appropriately qualified and experienced person, who facilitates learning, supervises and assesses trainees continually so that the trainee achieves their outcomes at the end of the programme. Mentors motivate and encourage trainees to continue their education. A mentor may also be someone trained in providing clinical (professional) supervision.
This support can be combined with cultural supervision or mentoring but funds for cultural development are limited to:
- Cultural resources.
- Membership to Māori or Pacific Health Professional Organisations.
- Cultural activities including Kuia/Kaumātua, and peer support.