Two Kiwi nursing schools are still ranked in the top 100 nursing schools in a global university survey but are outpaced by Australian schools which now have two schools in the top ten.
Nursing was added last year for the first time to the United Kingdom-based QS World University Rankings by Subject with the second survey results released this week.
The number one spot went again to the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School – home to one of nursing's most high profile researchers Professor Linda Aiken –and second once again to John Hopkins University. But amongst the changes was King's College London coming in at third – one of three English schools in the top ten. And two Sydney nursing schools also made the top ten with the University of Technology Sydney coming in fourth equal with the University of Manchester and the University of Sydney coming in ninth. The remaining places in the top ten went to Canadian and American schools
The highest ranked New Zealand university nursing school was once again the University of Auckland but it had slipped slightly from 32nd last year to 50th this year. Massey University was once again ranked in the 51-100 top schools (the ranking order from 50-100 is not provided on QS's website).
QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the company that compiles the rankings, said it draws on the expert opinions of tens of thousands of academics and more than 100 million journal citations to compile its discipline rankings. For its first nursing school ranking last year it analysed 247,910 nursing research papers leading it to a draw up a list of 848 institutions for consideration. This was narrowed down to 396 for an initial nominal ranking and then refined down to the top 100.
Once again the United States was the most featured country in the nursing rankings taking 36 of the top 100 spaces with Australia the next most prominent country with 15 schools in the top 100 and the UK had 11.