I am a nurse who is just about a year and a half out of school and have been thinking about working in New Zealand, in a couple of years, and would like to ask a couple of questions to some folks (either natives or transplants) who live/work there.
First a bit about my experience.... I have been working in the MICU of a level 1 Trauma Center (also the city/county hospital) since graduation and will probably be going to our ED in another 8 months or so. I will probably stay there for a year and a half- two years...giving me 2 years icu and 1.5 years ED exp. By the time I go I will have my CCRN (hopefully my CEN as well). I have traveled in NZ before and have experience living outside of the US (2 years in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer).
1) How does the scope of practice for nurses in NZ compare to the US in the critical care/trauma settings? Do nurses start IVs (have heard they don't in Australia)? Do they do more precedures than in the US? Titrate gtts? How does the amount of autonomy compare? This is really my biggest question.
2) What is the pay like? Comparable to the US? Better? Worse?
3) What is the ratio of male nurses in NZ?
4) I have found an agency, Tonix, that specializes in bringing nurses into NZ. Does anyone have any exp with them? Would I be better off trying to use such an agency or trying to work directly with hospitals?
5) Is NZ experiencing the same type of shortage as the US? How difficult is it finding positions in the ER or ICU?
7) kind of a tangent, but does NZ use paramedics similar in training to the US? I will be working part time as a Paramedic and would like to be able to continue doing prehospital work in NZ.
Thanks for the information,