new zealand and nursing

  1. hi ive just qualified as a paedatricnurse here in scotland and very keen to move to new zealand with my family do any of you guyd know how difficult this can be also will my age go against me as i am 39??

    any help would be great :chuckle
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Just a couple of suggestions, Have you tried looking up nursing in New Zealand or at a New Zealand embassey web site? Have you tried posting this on the Austrailia/New Zealand forum?
    I wouldn't think your age would be an issue but that is just my opinion.

    Anna
  4. by   Highland Queen
    Quote from louise21
    hi ive just qualified as a paedatricnurse here in scotland and very keen to move to new zealand with my family do any of you guyd know how difficult this can be also will my age go against me as i am 39??

    any help would be great :chuckle
    Hi Louise,
    Am a midwife in Inverness and am going through the process of registration etc. to move to NZ with my family, hopefully by October this year.
    Nurse registration isn't too much of a problem and costs about 90.00. Go to the NZ nusing council, you'll get all the info you need there re. forms etc. You can down load from site. ( Midwifery registration is with the NZ midwifery council, more complicated (portfolio, skills competency verification and prescribing course to do. Also cost by the time you're able to practice, approx. 450-500) No, they don't get paid any more than the nurses apparantly) Immigration seems to be a bit of a catch 22 at the moment. We're going for residency (Go to the NZ immigration site for info on different methods of entry) Do you have family over there? I need a job offer to get residency, to get a job I need to have NZ registration, a job will be held, usually for a max. of 3 mths. so can't apply until registration comes through. So am at present working hard to get registration sorted out. After that it shouldn't be too bad. Am working with a Nursing Agency from NZ who have been very helpful. They will organise interviews etc. when I'm ready.
    As far as the age question goes, 39 is not a problem. I'm 39 this year and I still have more than enough points to apply for residency. Also most if not all of the nursing/medical specialities are sought after. Pay is not as good as here in UK (yes I know, it's not that great here either) but your dollar will buy you more for your money and the way of life is sooo... much better. People are fantastic too. We can't wait to get there. Had the chance to visit last year and all fell in love with it. Don't think you would be disappointed!!
    Good Luck.
    Caroline

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