Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nursing Skills / Specialty that are listed on the Long term skills shortage list of NZ.

only the following specialty areas are listed on the Long term Skills shortage list of NZ as of FEB 2013

Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

***note*** you will need at least 3 years of work experience working in the exact same area to be able to apply for a working visa and qualify for bonus points if you will apply for Permanent Residency later on.

***note** the Nursing Council of New Zealand now requires applicants to have at least 2 years of paid work experience to be able to qualify for registration

HOWEVER : Employers can still recruit migrants in occupations that have been removed from the list (OTHER NURSING SPECIALTY NOT MENTIONED ABOVE). The employer will need to demonstrate genuine attempts to recruit suitable New Zealand citizens or residents and Immigration New Zealand will conduct a labour market test. If this test shows that there are no suitable New Zealand citizens or residents available in that location, temporary work visas may still be granted.

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Qualification Prescribed by the Nursing Council for Registered Nurses from Overseas

New Qualification Prescribed by the Nursing Council for Registered Nurses from Overseas
On May 2012, the Nursing Council of New Zealand (the Council) consulted on the qualifications prescribed by the Council for overseas registered nurses under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. A total of 67 written submissions were received. An analysis of the submissions found that most submitters supported all of the Councils proposals including a level seven qualification and post registration experience. The Council confirmed the following new prescribed qualifications at its December meeting.
From 1 March 2013 all overseas applications for registration will be required to meet the new prescribed qualifications which are as follows:
a) Current registration with an overseas regulatory authority; AND
b) Successful completion of a nursing programme that is, in the Nursing Council’s opinion, equivalent to a three year bachelor degree programme in nursing and at level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework;
AND c) Two years post-registration nursing practice as a registered nurse of at least 2,500 hours within the five years immediately preceding the date of the application; AND
d) At the direction of the Nursing Council successful completion of a Nursing Council approved competence assessment programme. The Council has deferred making changes to the English language standards until research conducted by Dr Leslie Hawthorn (commissioned by AHPRA) is available. This means the English language requirements remain at a 7 in all bands of IELTS and a B or A in all bands of an OET. The scores can be achieved over a succession of tests within 12 months of first sitting the test. Link to article here