Nursing in New Zealand

We are currently accepting applications from overseas experienced Registered Nurses to work in New Zealand.

Have you recently decided it’s time for a change, and you’re now looking for a new career challenge? Starting a new job in a different country can be very exciting and lead to lots of great opportunities, but you need to make sure that you choose the right agency to hold your hand and guide you through the process. NEU Professionals offers careers for Midwives at some of the most prestigous hospitals in New Zealand.

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, is ‘the weaving of wellness’. Te Whatu Ora is the combining together of people, resources, organisations, thoughts and actions for the betterment and wellbeing of all.

Details about Nursing Opportunities in New Zealand

If you are a talented and dedicated Registered Nurse looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to make a difference, we invite you to apply for our nursing opportunities at Te Wahtu Ora Health New Zealand. Apply now to become part of their skilled team of professionals and help them deliver the best possible care to patients across the country. Te Whatu Ora offers all overseas Nurses a relocation package. You may discuss your relocation package directly with the Regional Commissioning Board / hospital.

Requirements

  • Minimum one year of recent practice as a Registered Nurse (in a hospital or community),
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, or equivalent,
  • Candidates from Non-English speaking countries (where English is not the official language) must show proof of English language proficiency in line with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (OET at a minimum score of 350 for each band or Academic IELTS at a minimum score of 7 in each band, overall 7.5 – for more information please click here)

Nurses are vital to our health system. Find out how to become a Registered Nurse in NZ and what we’re doing to strengthen and support the nurse workforce.

Application Process – Nursing Candidates from English speaking countries

Countries where English is an official language (i.e. US, Canada, UK, Ireland)

  1. First apply to CGFNS – US based company, cost is $300 US, takes approx 30 days. All international nurses are assessed this way.
  2. Then apply to NZNC – $485 NZ
  3. Fit2Work Criminal record check $159 AUS ($172 NZ approx)
  4. Some candidates will need OSCE prior to application for Annual Practice Certificate (previously CAP if applied prior to 4th of December, 2023). This is to be paid for by the candidate, and taken in NZ. The cost is:
    • IQN Theoretical exam online prior to departure (similar to CBT) with Pearson Vue – $140 NZ
    • OSCE training course – $500 NZ
    • OSCE exam – $3,000 NZ
  5. Costs related to OSCE are to be born by the candidate, including flight to NZ, and accommodation. Candidates can complete this course on a Visitor Visa.
  6. Visitor visa – $246 NZ
  7. APC – $130 NZ
  8. Travel to New Zealand ✈️

Registration must be completed, and a job offer received prior to being able to apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa.

For candidates who need OSCE, they may not get an interview until they have passed this, or at least booked it. If they are successful, only then can the start the work visa application, currently taking around 7 weeks.

Application Process – Nursing Candidates from non-English speaking countries

Countries where English is not an official language

  1. First apply to CGFNS – US based company, cost is $300 US, takes approx 30 days. All international nurses are assessed this way.
  2. IELTS /OET certificate at the level required by the MCANZ (before application):

    • IELTS – overall 7.5, minimum of 7.0 in each subtest.

    • OET – must have minimum B in each subtest.

  3. Then apply to NZNC – $485 NZ
  4. Fit2Work Criminal record check $159 AUS ($172 NZ approx)
  5. Some candidates will need OSCE prior to application for Annual Practice Certificate (previously CAP if applied prior to 4th of December, 2023). This is to be paid for by the candidate, and taken in NZ. The cost is:
    • IQN Theoretical exam online prior to departure (similar to CBT) with Pearson Vue – $140 NZ
    • OSCE training course – $500 NZ
    • OSCE exam – $3,000 NZ
  6. Costs related to OSCE are to be born by the candidate, including flight to NZ, and accommodation. Candidates can complete this course on a Visitor Visa.
  7. Visitor visa – $246 NZ
  8. APC – $130 NZ
  9. Travel to New Zealand ✈️

Registration must be completed, and a job offer received prior to being able to apply for an Accredited Employer Work Visa.

For candidates who need OSCE, they may not get an interview until they have passed this, or at least booked it. If they are successful, only then can the start the work visa application, currently taking around 7 weeks.

Why choose NEU Professionals

NEU Professionals Limited, International Healthcare Recruitment Agency headquartered in London

NEU Professionals is an international healthcare recruitment agency based in London and operating since 2013. We take pride in our ethical recruitment and excellent pastoral care, as well as our fantastic international team who truly care about what they do.

Our client list spreads the length and breadth of the countries we work for, United Kingdom and New Zealand, with a huge diversity of locations and specialties to offer our candidates.

Our services are COMPLETELY FREE FOR OUR CANDIDATES AT ALL TIMES and we are bound by a regulatory code of ethics that ensures the wellbeing of our candidates.

Relocating to a new country is a big decision and you don’t have to do this alone. NEU Professionals can guide you through the process completely free of charge. We are an ethical recruiter with over 10 years experience in International Healthcare Recrutiment who take pride in their individualised candidate care and will assist you in all steps of the process, from pre-employment checks up to 12 months after arrival.

Other benefits of using NEU Professionals to guide you through your relocation journey are:

  • The candidate’s wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.
  • If something doesn’t go to plan during the process, we take matters in our hands and represent candidates in front authorities.
  • We adhere to Immigration and other relevant recruitment rules and laws.