I am a U.S. trained nurse with my BSN. I'm interested in working in NZ as a nurse, but I looked up the requirements for licensure and it appears that NZ requires two years of experience. I would ideally be able to move in January or February of next year, and by that time I will only have 1 year of Emergency Room experience. I'm wondering if there's any way around that requirement?
I was looking around to see if there were any possibilities, and it looked like if you are a nurse in Australia, you can get your NZ license without experience. I looked up Australian RN licensure and it appeared that you can get it without experience. I was wondering if I could apply for licensure to Australia, and then apply for licensure to New Zealand to get around the experience requirement.
Any information would be such a huge help!!! I have no idea how to go about figuring this out, but if it were possible to get licensure and a job in NZ with only a year of experience, it would be a dream come true. I know that figuring out licensure is just one piece of the puzzle, so if anyone has advice information on how easy/hard it is to get nursing jobs with one year of experience, or visa information, any or all would be incredibly appreciated!!
Thank you so much!!!
Mar 3, '13
I think you will find all nurses to New Zealand must have 2 years experience even Aussies. The checklist asked for a breakdown of employment hours which is attached to the application PDF. Best email the nursing council, but Australian new grads I have not heard of any going there for work, though many NZ grads are in grad program's in Australia.
Last edit by ceridwyn on Mar 4, '13