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tiddles has 25 years experience .

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Hi there. I am a NZ registered nurse who has been living in the US since 1994. I am considering moving back to NZ in the next couple of years due to family issues such as aging parents, and a desire to be close to family again.

I would prefer not to do nursing in NZ (I am tired, plus I am not looking forward to going through the hoops of applying for a practicing certificate) but realistically I probably will have to if I can't earn a livable wage doing something else.

Has anyone here moved back after being away so long? How has nursing changed there in the last quarter century? Would it be hard to fit back in? I would love to hear your stories.

Thanks.

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uswoman has 36 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg, Cardiovascular and thoracic,.

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Hi! I realise you posted this a long time ago. I’m a nurse in New Zealand, moved here 12 years ago from the US. I don’t know how much nursing has changed here is 25 years, but I do know most of the polytechnic institutes have “Return to Nursing” classes you can take. When I got my registration here, I had to take a Competency Assessment class, and they combined our class with a small return to nursing class. I took mine in Hamilton when I was working at Waikato hospital. It was 2 weeks of (very easy) classroom, then 4 weeks on a ward with a preceptor. That is probably all you would need to feel comfortable again. 

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tiddles has 25 years experience.

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Thanks for responding. That doesn’t sound too difficult then. I was hoping they would have some kind of RN to BSN Programme but I haven’t found one. Doing it here is way too costly. 
BTW Waikato Polytechnic (what it was called then) is where I did nursing school!

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uswoman has 36 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg, Cardiovascular and thoracic,.

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You wouldn’t have much trouble getting back into it! I live in Whangarei and have worked at Bay of Islands hospital and at White Cross (not sure if there are any near where you might want to be, but the hours might work for you.) Now I work at a small private surgical hospital in Whangarei, 3 shifts per week, which suits me! I don’t have a BSN and I work with nurses that pre-date that route. Things are really starting to pick up again in a big way with elective surgeries being done to try and clear a 6 week backlog on already full lists. Pretty sure that is the case everywhere, and I doubt you would have any trouble finding a job. If you trained here, I think you would only need that short course and you could get a practising certificate easily. 

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