If you're a nurse looking to migrate to New Zealand, there are a few things you need to know. Professional life as a migrant nurse in New Zealand can be very different from what you're used to, so it's important to be prepared.
For starters, you'll need to apply for a nursing visa. This is also known as a provisional registration visa, and it allows you to live and work in New Zealand for a specific time. You can apply for this visa through the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
Once you have your nursing visa, you'll need to meet some requirements before you can start working. First, you'll need to complete an approved orientation programme. This programme will help you understand the NZ nursing context and provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to practise safely in NZ.
You'll also need to have your nursing qualifications recognised by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. This process can take some time, so it's important to start it as soon as possible after you arrive in NZ.
Once you've met all the requirements, you'll be able to start working as a nurse in New Zealand. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you'll need to maintain your registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. This means completing continuing professional development (CPD) requirements and paying an annual registration fee.
Second, you'll need to renew your nursing visa every four years. To do this, you'll need to submit a new application to the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
If you're interested in working as a nurse in New Zealand, there are a few things you need to know. Professional life as a migrant nurse can be very different from what you're used to, so it's important to be prepared. With the right information and planning, you can make the transition smoothly and start enjoying your new life in NZ.
A document obtained from the authorities in your country of origin or training that is an extract of the Professional Register, Professional License or similar and that indicates without doubt that you are a Registered Nurse. The date on the document needs to be less than 12 months old from the date you submit your registration application to the Nursing Council. If your Professional Register, Professional License or similar is not in English then you need to provide a notarized translation of the document into English.
The translation must be completed by a translator who is registered with NZTA (New Zealand Translation Association Inc). Alternatively, you have the option of using one of our pre-approved overseas agencies to arrange for your documents to be translated and attested. Please note that if you choose to use an overseas agency, there will be additional costs involved.
You must have Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover in place before you can commence any nursing activities in New Zealand. This is a requirement of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Behavior for Nurses, which all nurses are expected to uphold. You can arrange your PII cover through any New Zealand registered insurer. Many employers will also provide PII cover as part of employment contracts.
All applicants must complete a police check as part of the registration process. The Nursing Council uses the information obtained from the police check to help protect the public by ensuring that only those who have been cleared of any relevant convictions are registered.
As part of your registration application, you'll be asked to submit a professional portfolio. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills, experience and achievements. The portfolio is also used to assess your readiness for registration.
All applicants must meet the Nursing Council's English language requirements. This means that you must be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary language skills to practise safely and effectively in New Zealand. You can meet the English language requirements in one of three ways:
These are just some of the things you need to know about professional life as a migrant nurse in New Zealand. For more information, please call a licensed immigration adviser at Provisas. We would be happy to help.