Overseas nurses are required to complete a programme before registration in New Zealand. These competency assessment programmes are offered by Council-accredited providers, including schools of nursing, district health boards and other health service providers.
These programmes seek to assess the ability of an overseas nurses seeking registration, or New Zealand nurses who are returning to practice, to demonstrate the competencies for their scope of practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (“the Act”).
The standards relate to each of the following five areas:
Nurses having successfully completed a competence assessment programme are said to have met the Nursing Council of New Zealand (“Council”)’s competencies for his or her scope of practice. They can then apply for registration as nurses with the NCNZ.