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Guide to Practice Nursing in New Zealand

Guide to Practice Nursing in New Zealand

Nursing in New Zealand

Nursing is one of the most respected professions in New Zealand, with a host of other benefits attached. A registered nurse’s professional career gets going as soon as they gain their registration. Also, due to the shortage of nurses in New Zealand, eligibility assessment for Residence application is given priority by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

A Registered Nurse (RN) average salary in New Zealand is between NZD 54,000 to NZD 78,000 per annum (as per career), which is sufficient to support a family in a safe and sound environment while working in the best healthcare setups.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the process for becoming a Registered Nurse(RN) in New Zealand:

To begin with, one is required to first gain registration from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Nursing Council of New Zealand Requirements (NCNZ):

The NCNZ registration requirements are:

  • Nursing Qualification – B.Sc., Post B.Sc., or M.Sc.
  • Work experience – Minimum 2 years in the last 5 years (after registration in the home country)
  • English language certification – be it IELTS (with a score of overall and individual 7) or OET B (minimum 350 scored in each band) or a club score of either IELTS or OET.

The Process:

  • You should be an overseas registered nurse with two years of practical experience in the last five years. If you are then, you must first apply to The Credentials Verification Service for the Nursing Council of New Zealand (CVS-NCNZ) CGFNS International Inc. CGFNS International would then inspect the authenticity of your work experience, personal identity, and education documents. This process is designed to determine that your education and work experience are genuine and satisfy the NCNZ requirements.
  • Once the report is ready, CGFNS will forward the same to the NCNZ.
  • The NCNZ will review your report and decide on your registration. You may be required to complete a Competence Assessment Program(CAP) prior to registration.

Competence Assessment Program (CAP)

CAP enables overseas registered nurses to meet the competence requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand to become eligible for a New Zealand Registered Nurse Practising Certificate and work in all healthcare settings.

This course comprises 6-12 weeks of training, with a combination of classroom days and clinical duties.

Course fees: The course fees range from NZD 8000 to NZD 12000, depending upon the institute.

So, what are you waiting for?

If you are an overseas registered nurse and would like to work and settle in New Zealand, please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd by sending an email at contact@nzimmigration.info or call us on +64 09 3790219 for assistance.

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