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Registered Nurse

Job Description

A registered nurse is a professional that is responsible for supporting physicians in treating and caring for their sick, disabled, or injured patients. You will assess and monitor patients’ conditions, administer medication, and advise patients on how to best manage their health.


From graduation to seven years’ experience, a registered nurse earns between $60,000 – $83,000 a year.

Work Hours

Registered nurses usually work 40 hours a week, sometimes with irregular hours including afterhours, nights, and weekends.

Study length

Becoming a registered nurse requires 3 years of training.

To become a Registered Nurse, you need to:

Complete the Bachelor of Nursing degree
Demonstrate and complete an assessment by an approved council provider
Complete and pass an examination for registered nurses supplied by the New Zealand Council of Nursing.

A few specialised roles a Registered Nurse could work in:

Community Health Nurse – including secondary or tertiary schools
Emergency Rooms - stabilizing critically ill or injured patients
Physicians Practice – working alongside your family doctor
Public Health – focusing on the mental or emotional health of patients

Want to see Registered Nursing in action?

Meet Awhi Kingi a Rural Registered Nurse working in Ohakune. In this video, you will hear more about Awhi’s journey into her career as a rural nurse and why she loves working in rural New Zealand.

Source: Registered nurse. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2022, from