Bachelor of Nursing

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Fulfil your dreams - be a life-saver

Caring? Committed? Compassionate? Looking to fulfil your dreams with a career for keeps? Then consider becoming a nurse. If you do, you’ll be a key player in our health system. Because without nurses, doctors would struggle to do their jobs and people would take much longer to recover from injuries and illness.

Victoria Smith's dream of becoming a nurse began as a young farm girl, when her beloved grandfather fell critically ill. Watch the video to see the story behind her lifelong journey of compassion, commitment and caring.

What is it like?

When you study nursing at Massey, you will be part of a proud programme renowned nationally and internationally for its first-class nursing curriculum and for educating nursing students to contribute to a wide range of healthcare workplaces. Our degree is so highly respected and recognised that both New Zealand and overseas employers hire most of our graduates within six months of finishing our three-year nursing programme.

More compelling reasons to join us in nursing

  • Massey’s nursing programme is taught by the largest number of highly qualified nursing lecturers in the country, many recognised nationally and internationally for their research.
  • Massey is the leading institution for nursing research in New Zealand
  • We are the only university in the country offering you our undergraduate nursing degree (Bachelor of Nursing) on three different campuses - Auckland, Manawatu and Wellington.
  • Our proven programmes are approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council.

So why not join the hundreds of Massey nursing students gaining real work experience in hospitals, community health centres, hospices and mental health units throughout the country every year? Why not learn valuable new skills to ensure your success when you go to work in the real world?

The Bachelor of Nursing programme includes science and social science courses related to health, integrated into nursing knowledge. Clinical learning takes place in many different areas including surgical, emergency, medical, mental health and primary care services.

Isn’t it good to know that our high-quality degree provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required to work as a registered nurse? As our student, you will be well supported by clinical teachers who are themselves experienced registered nurses.

A good fit if you:

  • are passionate about caring for those who can’t care for themselves
  • want to save lives and make a daily difference to the health and wellbeing of people in your community.
Erin Simmons, Bachelor of Nursing
Erin Simmons
Bachelor of Nursing

“In the 10 years since I graduated, I have never had a problem getting a job, wherever I am…”

Erin Simmons says the best thing about being a Massey graduate nurse is that she can pursue the career she’s passionate about, all over the world.

“In the 10 years since I graduated, I have never had a problem getting a job, wherever I am,” Erin says.

“I’ve nursed in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. My current job is in the emergency department in a hospital in North Wales. I’m involved in patient care from major trauma to minor complaints and all that comes in between!”

Erin has discovered that her Massey nursing degree not only gave her a great foundation, but is also highly regarded in many countries around the world.

“The knowledge and skillset I gained at Massey and beyond has set me up to work at, or above, the level of nurses in other countries.

“Working in different countries only adds to your experience and the way you deliver health care, as you see things that work and things that don’t in different places and you can try to implement change to help give great care to your patients.”

While the Bachelor of Nursing gave her a good grounding in both practical and theoretical components of nursing, Erin says one of the best things about the programme is the people she met along the way.

“I had a fantastic three years at Massey. The best part for me was the friends I made. You get to know the people in your degree really well - you’re not one person in a 300-person lecture theatre.

“My best friends are those that I did my Bachelor of Nursing with. The three years we spent at Massey studying in the library, socialising on the weekends, playing netball and encouraging each other through exams and assignments solidified some great friendships.”

The teaching staff is excellent too, she says.

“My advice to others studying for a Bachelor of Nursing is to use the lecturers to your full advantage. They’re great people and passionate about nursing, ensuring the future of our profession is in good hands. Their knowledge and advice is invaluable.”


Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, as it is focused on supporting people, families and communities to manage a wide range of health challenges. Nurses are involved in all areas of health care and can choose to specialise in particular areas, such as intensive care, community mental health, aged care, or child and adolescent nursing. They can also become a specialist in particular conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory care or cancer nursing. Nurses can also choose to develop careers in health management, research and teaching.

Many of our Bachelor of Nursing graduates continue with their studies after qualifying as registered nurses by undertaking a master’s degree in nursing. A number of our Master of Nursing graduates have successfully gained registration as nurse practitioners with prescribing rights. We can also offer you a PhD in nursing.

In these challenging economic times, it’s good to know that as a Massey nursing graduate you’ll be highly valued and workplace-ready for a wide range of health-care settings. Here are just a few examples of where you can work:

Primary and community health care

  • General practice
  • Maori health services
  • Hospice
  • District nursing

Hospital-based care

  • Neonatal units
  • Medical and surgical wards
  • Emergency departments
  • Intensive care

Populations-based services

  • Public health

Specialty practice

  • Mental health
  • Aged care
  • Child health
  • Family health

What is a nurse?

  • A professional in the health-care field who combines the fine art of caring with scientific skills and knowledge
  • A professional who cares for the sick and infirm
  • An educator of people on the issues of healthy living and wellness
  • A professional who performs treatments and procedures as prescribed by physicians and nurse practitioners
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