This is an ongoing post by Walex on Nursesarena.com shared by permission
Good morning everyone I’m back. I’m Walex and will be taking us through the process of how to practice as a nurse in New Zealand.This thread is going to be based on my personal experience, I will provide you with dates, cost, timelime etc like I did during my USA Nurse registration journey back then.
I’m Walex by name from Nigeria. I’m a Registered Nurse in Nigeria. I later pursued my USA Nurse registration and got registered as a Nurse in USA but due to the visa ban on Nigerians I decided to move to the UK. I’m presently a registered nurse in UK and work in one of the NHS Hospitals in England.
I had plans of moving to Australia before and I just rekindled that dream. However, due to the recent change in the Australian licensure process I figure out it won’t make sense to waste such a whole lot of money on the Australian process. I have therefore decided to register as a nurse in New Zealand and after that will endorse my licence to Australia.
I will be providing detailed process of the application process and update you on the progress thus far. if you have a question please don’t hesitate to drop it down below.
New Zealand Nurse Registration Requirements
1. You Must have a University Degree in Nursing (BSC NURSING)
2.Pass IELTS at recommended level. New Zealand accepts Academic IELTS.A minimum of 7 in speaking, listening, writing and reading is required. You can combine IELTS result (IELTS CLUBBING) provided the tests are taken within 12 months of first sitting. New Zealand also accepts results that are not more than 3years old as at the time CGFNS submit your report. If you are registered as a nurse and working in UK, USA or Canada, you don’t need IELTS result. For more explanation on this read https://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/IQN/H5.aspx?WebsiteKey=fa279da8-a3b1-4dad-94af-2a67fe08c81b
3. Must have at least 2years working experience
Stage 1: Credentials evaluation process through CGFNS. This involves creating an account with CGFNS, completing the application form, uploading your passport, etc after that pay the application fees of 300 dollars. Note that the link is not through the normal CGFNS page for USA, I will include it below.
Step : Get approved, download the forms and send to appropriate authorities who will send them to CGFNS address in USA after completing them.
Stage 3: When the verification is completed, it will be sent to The Nursing Council New Zealand (NCNZ) who will invite you to apply.
Stage 4: You may need to undergo a 6 weeks program dined Competency Assessment Program. If you had worked in Canada, UK and USA as a nurse, you will be exempted from this.
After that you will have jour licence and you can now begin to look for work.
Step 5: For me and others who are doing this because of Australia, you will just make payment to Australia Nursing Board and your New Zealand license will be endorsed.
Now let me begin to gist you about my journey
Oops sorry this is coming late. I actually typed everything that night I posted the above but was logged out before I could post so I lost the epistle to the people of Rome I typed, I nearly cried.
Now let me get started
I created my account using this link https://cgfns.force.com/applicantPortal/s/login/Self Register and had to complete several pages laidat. The profile page asked about my basic information, license page asked about all the licences I have so I listed Nigeria, USA and UK license. You will need the date you took the exams and the date you are registered etc Then followed by my Schools, you will be required to complete all schools you have attended right from primary school to your secondary school and the date you graduated, the name you graduated with etc. Then you need to list all your previous employer (I listed my Nigeria and UK employers). Then all professional CPD you have attended with dates you started and completed etc.
An area that is tricky is the identification page where you need to upload 2 forms of notarized identification. For me I uploaded my international passport and UK govt issued identity card. I first made a colored photocopy of the 2 identity cards and then went to the nearest post office in my area (South Bermondsey Post office in London) to have it notarized, it cost me approximately £13.
I uploaded only the notarized document (and not the original ones). I completed the ielts section by including my TRF number and exam date. (I sha include my ielts despite I will be exempted).
After completing the application form, I made payment of 300 dollars and submitted my application form on the 25th of August, 2020
Immediately after payment I received an email from CGFNS telling me that my application has been received and wait until it is approved before doing anything. About 4 hours later I received an email that my application has been approved that I can now proceed to download the forms and send them to their respective places.
I logged in and nearly fainted at the amount of documents I need to download, I was like I don enter gbege for cgfns hand ó they sha wan help me spend my money 😝.
Employer verification form (both UK and Nigeria), Nigeria license verification, UK license verification, USA license verification, School of Nursing transcript request form and my University transcript request form. I sha download everything sha.
On 26th of August, 2020 I logged in and my IELTS status has changed to meets requirement.
My identity document status has changed to Ready for Evaluation but I saw a form to be completed by me in the presence of notary so I emailed cgfns, within 2hours they replied that it is only applicable to people who used online notary.
26th of August, I contacted my school of Nursing, my UK and Nigeria employers to help complete my forms
28th of August, 2020 I logged into my UK NMC account and requested for the verification document to be sent to CGFNS, I paid £34 and the certificate was issued almost immediately
On Monday 31st of August, 2020 I will work on Nigeria verification and my University Transcript. For Texas Board of Nursing verification, I honestly don’t have any idea how I can go about that. I will email cgfns and ask whether they can accept to check my licence online using the Nursy website. If you know how to go about it please let me know. Bye for now