Registration for NZNC...confused =/ - page 2

by osbourne

hi everyone! I'm a registered nurse in the Philippines. I don't have any working experience considering that I graduted last March 2010. In addition, our country is in freeze hiring state and hospitals can only offer trainings.... Read More


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    According to the NZNC website the address is oseas@nursingcouncil.org.nz
    This address is slightly different from the one you mentioned above. There is a lot of info about competence assessment programmes on the website for international RNs, but having just had a scan through it, I agree it is confusing. It may take few days to get a reply as remember that here in NZ we are one of the first countries across the dateline and hence it is now late Saturday night so the weekend and NZNC is likely to only be staffed Monday through Friday. You may want to try looking up nursing schools in NZ and finding out about competency assessment programmes for RNs. I believe most of the nursing schools run this programme. From the NZNC website not all international nurses have to do this course, but it also looks like you will have to do an English course/exam as well. Hope that helps.
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    I'm extending my warmest gratitude for your respone. It really helps me I will send them again my letter. Indeed international nurses need to take IELTS and have a band score of 7 for each area in order to register I just hope I can get a favorable response from the council and given the chance I am very much willing to be in your country for both personal and professional growth as a nurse. Thank you once again!
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    Let me know how you get on. Good luck
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    Moved to the International forum as per the red banner
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    hi dreamyjean I really want to thank you for the email add. The council replied saying:"It is recommended that you have at least 2 years work experience working as a registered nurse before applying for New Zealand registration as this will help with employment prospects. Also if you are required to complete a competence assessment programme, many of the competence assessment programme providers will not enrol anyone who does not have 2 years work experience. It is also getting harder to get into the programmes because the demand is high. It is preferable that you are in paid employment as a registered nurse working in a clinical setting"

    I guess...I really need to think deeply on what will be my decision I need to weigh the circumstances as well as the consequences. After all...the nurses in our country are having a hard time in landing a job most especially if one's target is a hospital work experience. Hospitals are in freeze hiring state. They can only offer trainings in which we are the ones who are paying for it and after such there is no guarantee that we can be hired thus we end up looking for another one.
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    Sounds like you are stuck in a hard place with no experience and hard to get it! I wonder if the USA or Australia is easier. It is no surprise to me that NZNC has made it harder for international nurses to come to NZ as they have really toughened up on NZ trained nurses maintaining their practice and professional development. Good luck
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    Indeed surveys say that we are about 200K unemployed nurses plus the fact that most may just work in a call center after graduation just to support the daily financial needs. And the nursing schools now are having a sharp decline as to the number of students enrolling for the nursing degree. Sad to say...it is harder when it comes to USA and Australia. As for USA, we need to take the NCLEX which costs us around 1500NZD and strictly needs 2 years working experience ( most claim that it should be 200 or more bed capacity hospital ) Plus, 2 states are just being offered here <vermont and arkansas>. For Australia, we need 3 years working experience. NZ and UK may offer the least requirement as to the years of experience.
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    If there is anything else you want to know about NZ or nursing here, I will try and answer. I have lived in the UK had and short working trips to USA before I was an RN, but NZ is the only country I worked as an RN in. The health system is getting harder to get jobs in NZ. I have heard recently of nursing schools being over-subscribed for applications for RN degrees. For example the local uni I heard had 300 applications for 100 places for the last intake. Then for a new grad to get a job is an even harder task. A different story to when I became an RN 10+ years ago when I had the pick of jobs!.

    Now I have 2 small kids so i cannot be so flexible, so I have found it difficult to secure a job allowing me flexibility...it is always in the employers favour. So these days I just temp/agency nurse to give me the flexibility I need. But I hate the lack of job security.


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