Working as a nurse in New Zealand

New Zealand offers unique opportunities for registered nurses to practice in a diverse range of nursing practice areas, in a variety of settings.

You can also work as a nurse manager, in nurse education, as a nurse researcher or as a nurse practitioner.

In this section

  • Registered nurses who have gained their registration outside New Zealand must apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand to practice in New Zealand. Read more
  • The Nursing Council assesses applicants individually. There is no system of reciprocal registration or enrolment, except for Australian applicants. Read more
  • Overseas nurses wishing to work in New Zealand may need to apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service for a work visa. Read more
  • New Zealand offers a huge variety of recreational, cultural and leisure experiences. This page lists websites on living and working in New Zealand. Read more
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