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Nursing Registrations @ New Zealand

Whether you have a high level of skills and experience or need to gain additional skills, we will find an opportunity to suit you. There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available in New Zealand. It doesn’t matter whether you are in New Zealand or outside New Zealand, you can still apply for your visa to work as a nurse.

Every nurse wishing to work in New Zealand must register with the New Zealand Nursing Council (NZNC). Each nurse is assessed on an individual basis. The process for overseas nurses (excluding nurses registered in all Australians states except Western Australia) takes about 12 weeks (if your paperwork is in order)

This takes approx 7-10 days to be processed and turned around. A receipt will be issued to you and the certificate sent out to you after being printed. You are able to work using the receipt.

The Nursing Council assesses each applicant on an individual basis, and does not operate a system of reciprocal registration or enrolment – except if the applicant meets the requirements of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, TTMR Act (1998).

Assessments

The Nursing Council assesses each applicant on an individual basis, and does not operate a system of reciprocal registration or enrolment – except if the applicant meets the requirements of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act, TTMR Act (1998). Principle considerations for registration are:

• The applicant has undertaken a nursing or midwifery program that is similar in all specified content and length to the equivalent program in New Zealand, and is able to meet the Competencies for Registration/Enrolment.

• The applicant has practiced as a nurse or midwife within the past five years.

• The applicant has supplied the Nursing Council with evidence, obtained within the past two years, of ability to speak and write in the English language, when English is not the applicant’s first language. Recognized tests are CGNFS, IELTS, OET, or as part of a competency program.

• Applicants who do not meet the requirements for nursing registration may be required to undergo further experience with instruction through a Department of Nursing within a New Zealand educational institution. The applicant is responsible for negotiating the arrangements for the experience and instruction and for informing the Nursing Council about those arrangements.

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