Enliven’s Competency Assessment Programme
About Our Programme
Enliven’s Comprehensive Assessment Programme (CAP) supports return to practice nurses and Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQN) to build on existing knowledge and skills to practice competently, confidently, and independently within New Zealand’s health sector.
We provide a positive, supportive, and practical learning environment with best practice clinical and cultural learning opportunities. If you’re looking to start the next chapter of your nursing career in New Zealand (and have fun doing it) the Enliven CAP programme is for you.
The Enliven CAP programme uses a student-centred teaching philosophy, which recognises the student’s prior learning as a foundation to the ongoing learning process. Together with the learning whanau and preceptors, students will build knowledge, skills and competencies for professional nursing practice in New Zealand.
The eight-week programme encompasses both theory and clinical components. This additional two weeks of the programme, compared to the industry standard of six weeks, consists of additional clinical hours ensuring all graduates of the Enliven CAP programme are industry ready, well placed and more experienced compared to other applicants for future positions.
There are two modules that make up the Enliven CAP. The theory module known as Kete Tuatahi, is delivered across two weeks and uses discussion, reflection, student presentations, e-learning modules along with individual and group assignments to support you to achieve learning outcomes.
The clinical module known as Kete Tuarua, totals 240 hours of hands-on clinical practice over six weeks. It will provide students with a supportive environment to apply what students have learned in the theory module. Reflective journaling, case studies and Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) competency-related focus topics will enable students to successfully meet the learning outcomes for the programme.
During clinical placement, students will be allocated a preceptor who will orientate you to the clinical practice environment and work alongside you to meet your clinical practice goals and NCNZ competencies.
You must be an internationally qualified nurse with a NCNZ approved qualification, or a New Zealand Registered nurse returning to practice to apply.
The Enliven Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
Onsite accommodation is available on site for the two-week theory portion of the course weeks. This does incur a cost. Alternatively, you can arrange your own accommodation off site if you wish.
While you undertake your clinical placement at an Enliven home your accommodation is provided onsite and is subsidised by Enliven.
Course fees: $11,000.00
Onsite accommodation (theory weeks): $1,750.00
Indemnity insurance if not already in place. This can be accessed through the New Zealand Nurses Organisation or the Nurses Society of New Zealand.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment offers a comprehensive website with information about nursing careers in New Zealand.
We recommend any potential Enliven CAP students who enrol in our programme to avoid travelling to high-risk countries identified by New Zealand Department of Immigration: Brazil, India, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea.
Each applicant will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we prefer that you travel from the country of residence you indicated in your application form.
At Enliven, we create age-friendly communities where people are happy and thrive, regardless of their age or ability.
Our homes and villages are places where older people have companionship, choice, variety, fun, meaningful activity and a sense of belonging and purpose. As well as providing practical day-to-day support and quality clinical care, we take into account the physical, social, emotional and cultural needs of each person we support.
Enliven offers independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care. We also offer short-term care such as respite, health recovery care and day activity programmes as well as health support services such as modified Tai Chi classes, a continence service and an online e-commerce store with products for over 65s.
Our homes and villages can be found across Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Wairarapa and the wider Wellington region.