Nursing and Midwifery Education Fund

The Nursing and Midwifery Education Fund provides fair and equitable access to education for all nursing and midwifery staff in the Health Waikato. 

Please note incomplete and / or unauthorised forms will be returned to the applicant for completion. 

1. What is the Nursing and Midwifery Education Fund?

The Nursing and Midwifery Education & Development Fund was established in 1999. The fund continues to be part of the NZNO MECA.

It comprises of fees generated from a series of student practice placement agreements and the funds negotiated as part of the NZNO MECA (1999).

2. Who is eligible for funding? 

  • registered nurses and midwives working in a nursing or midwifery role within Waikato DHB. 
  • enrolled nurses

3. Who is not eligible for funding?  

  • registered nurses and midwives who are not working in a nursing or midwifery role within Health Waikato 
  • registered nurses and midwives who are not working in a nursing or midwifery role within Waikato DHB 
  • registered nurses and midwives who work independently 
  • registered nurses and midwives who work for independent organizations who provide health care under agreement with Waikato DHB

4. Who administers the fund?

The fund is administered by the Professional Development Unit and the decisions around funding sit with the Nursing and Midwifery directorate. Outcomes of these decisions are reported to the group managers, nurse managers and NZNO on a quarterly basis.

5. What are the criteria for funding?

Applicants must have links to:

  • Nursing and Midwifery strategic plans 
  • District annual plan 
  • District strategic plan 
  • unit/service objectives as determined by nurse, midwife manager or clinical nurse manager

6. What decision-making principles will be used?

  • evidence of preparation & planning in the application 
  • applicants who meet at least two of the above criteria 
  • applications that demonstrate a clear link to safe patient practice

7. What activities will the fund consider? 

As a general guideline the kind of activities that the fund will contribute to are:

  • course/conference: includes registration fees, accommodation and travel assistance 
  • research: applications for funding to support research projects 
  • guest speakers: includes funding for guest speaker costs and associated expenses on issues applicable to clinical practice 
  • venue: payment to secure an offsite venue for study, research, guest speakers etc 
  • level 7 courses

 8. Pre-approval

Where a nurse or midwife intends to submit an abstract to a conference requesting financial support from the Nursing and Midwifery fund, a provisional pre-approval of funding must be sought prior to submission.

This will allow the Nursing and Midwifery fund to pre-allocate funding prior to abstract submission. This pre-allocation will only be awarded once the abstract has been accepted.

9. What are my responsibilities? 

If you are successful you will complete the signed Conference Attendance report within one month of your return from conference or course. 

10. How do I apply?

Complete the Health Waikato course/conference form and have form approved and supported by your line manager or service manager.
Submit application to:
Nicola McKenzie
Administrator
Professional Development Unit
Percival Flats
Waikato Hospital

Ph: 021 241 5802 or 23559
Incomplete or unauthorised forms will be returned and not processed until fully completed.

11. How/when will I know if I have been successful or not?

  • if your application has been received by Friday it will be taken to the directorate meeting on the following Monday
  • note that the directorate meets most Mondays but occasionally these meetings are cancelled so it would therefore go to the meeting the following week
  • the directorate will approve or decline your application
  • declined applications will be sent back with a letter stating why the application has been declined. This will be done within a week of the directorate meeting.
  • approved applications will be sent to you with a letter stating the amount approved within a week of the directorate meeting. Attached to this letter will be the Conference Attendance report which you will need to complete. A copy of this letter is also sent to:
    • the authorising signatory on your application form
    • Payroll
    • the travel office to complete your registration, accommodation and travel bookings
    • Professional Development Unit to retain on file

12. FAQs

Q: If I don’t get study leave approval from my manager can I still apply to the fund?
A: Only if you are attending in your own time.

Q: How many times can I apply to the fund?
A: There is no limit on the number of times that nurses/midwives can apply, but this will be taken into consideration.

Q: Who is on the Steering Committee?
A: Nursing and Midwifery Directorate

13. Contact

Nicola McKenzie
Administrator
Professional Development Unit
Percival Flats
Waikato Hospital

Ph: 021 241 5802 or 23559
Email: nicola.mckenzie@waikatodhb.health.nz