Why 2017?

The scope of practice for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses remain the same as 2016.  However, the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners will change come April 2017.

Nurse practitioner is a legal title for a nurse who has completed advanced education and training in a specific area.

New scope of practice for nurse practitioners from April 2017

Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and the demonstrated competence and legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse.  Nurse practitioners work autonomously and in collaborative teams with other health professionals to promote health, prevent disease, and improve access and population health outcomes for a specific patient group or community.  Nurse practitioners manage episodes of care as the lead healthcare provider in partnership with health consumers and their families/whānau. 

Current scope of practice and application process

Nurse practitioners are expert nurses who work within a specific area of practice incorporating advanced knowledge and skills. They practise both independently and in collaboration with other health care professionals to promote health, prevent disease and to diagnose, assess and manage people’s health needs. They provide a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, including differential diagnoses, ordering, conducting and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and administrating therapies for the management of potential or actual health needs.

Enrolled Nurse defined by NCNZ

Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQNs) such as Filipino RNs are considered Enrolled Nurses if they are registered with an overseas regulatory authority (Profession Regulatory  Commission, PRC); and have an international qualification that is equivalent to a qualification prescribed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (18-month Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, Level 5 on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQA).

IQNs deemed to have the qualifications, experience, language proficiency fitness and competence to practice move on to become RNs after completing the required Competence Assessment Programme (CAP).

Until then, Enrolled nurses practice under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse or nurse practitioner to deliver nursing care and health education across the life span to health consumers in community, residential or hospital settings.

This guide provides the steps required for a Filipino/IQN RN to move up the professional ladder from Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse.

A.  Document Preparation

There are basic and essential documents you need to submit, ensuring that all of them are valid and current, most importantly, no corrections needed. These include:

B.  Start Application

NCNZ encourages IQNs to complete the Council’s online Application. This is the link for the self-assessment, online application, upload and track documents as well as international and local security checks - http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/Nurses/International-registration

Contact info: Nursing Council of New Zealand

                          P. O. Box 24448

                          Manners Street

                          Wellington 6142

                          New Zealand



  1. After evaluating your application for registration, the Nursing Council of New Zealand will determine if you need to take the CAP. If yes, NCNZ will notify you of the need to take the CAP with a list of institutions authorized / approved to offer the course. Click this link for the official, updated info on CAP providers and forms - http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/Education/Competence-assessment-programmes
  2. Choose the accredited CAP provider in a location where you would have some means of community, professional, organizational, family or friends support.
  3. Pay the course fees. The price range for the 6-8 course is from $7,000 to $10,000. Be sure you have been offered and assured a place for the CAP before applying for the visa.
  4. Apply for the appropriate Visit Visa. Remember that the CAP course takes 6 to 8 weeks you may have to give yourself another two weeks before and after completing the course to pursue the next steps.
  5. Since your intention is to pursue and complete registration, you should choose the Occupational Registration Visitor Visa.  This is also the available choice for RNS already in NZ who have applied for residence and need more time to complete registration with NCNZ.
  6. You need to provide written confirmation from the NCNZ that you’re eligible for the New Zealand registration process, and have completed your enrolment requirements. You would need to provide evidence of funds for the duration of your stay and to show that you have enough money to buy a ticket out of NZ.  More good news: this ORVV also allows you to apply for work or resident visa.
  7. Apply for your nursing license with NCNZ.
  8. Now, you are ready, qualified and eligible to apply for that nursing job.
  9. With the job offer, apply for the work permit.
  10. Apply for permanent residency after meeting the required period of legal employment as a registered nurse with NCNZ.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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