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Factsheet : How to Become a Registered Nurse in NZ

Factsheet : How to Become a Registered Nurse in NZ

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Due to ongoing pandemic, the need for registered nurses is being felt across the world, and New Zealand is no exception.

If you’re an overseas registered nurse and want to work and live in New Zealand, then now is the opportunity.

A Career as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand

Did you know that a registered nurse in New Zealand can earn up to NZD 54,000 annually? Those with 3 to 7 years of experience can even make anywhere between NZD 62,000 and NZD 77,000.

With adequate experience, registered nurses may even progress to become a nurse practitioner. Thus enabling them to run their own health clinics, treat patients, and prescribe medications.

Understanding the “How”

Several pathways lead to becoming a registered nurse in New Zealand. A lot depends on your qualification and experience. For instance, your Nursing degree must be equivalent to the relevant Level 7 New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). If you don’t yet have a relevant degree, you can opt to study in New Zealand. While doing so, you must complete a Bachelor of Nursing or another program. The Nursing Council of New Zealand must approve such programmes. Choosing the right course and being well informed of the requirements and procedures in place is a key aspect here. Consider getting help from Licensed Immigration Advisers.

Also, there are a few requirements outlined by the Nursing Council of New Zealand that must be satisfied. And to meet these requirements, thorough research and understanding are required, and once you do that pathway to work as a registered nurse opens.

Immigrating During this Pandemic

In these unprecedented times, to combat ongoing pandemic, much like other countries, the New Zealand Government has temporarily shut the nation’s border to the foreigners. However, there are a few exceptions to it.

Nurses with “Invitation to Apply” (ITA) from the Nursing Council and verified enrolment in the “Competence Assessment Programme” (CAP) are considered as critical health workers. On being considered critical health workers, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) can grant them an exception to border restrictions. Meaning, despite the travelling restrictions in this pandemic, you can enter New Zealand if you’re a critical health and disability worker. Of course, that’s not guaranteed and would depend on numerous factors. So, to ensure your application for the exception is successfully processed, it becomes critical to seek assistance from a Licensed Immigration Advisers.

Licensed Immigration Advisers will not only help you understand the process but even assist you with the entirety of your application.

Head to New Zealand

If the application is successful and you meet the Nursing Council standards, you may be allowed to enter New Zealand under critical purpose. On completion of the requirements of the Nursing Council, you will discover many employment opportunities almost immediately.

For more information or personalized assistance, please get in touch with Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. We are one of the leading Licensed Immigration Advisers in Auckland, homing licensed experts. Find contact information here.