Careers in Nursing

Thinking of nursing as a career?

Master of Nursing graduate Foloi Asiata-Faletui is an Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist at Counties Manukau Health.

If you are a caring and empathetic person, then a career in nursing could be just the right fit for you.

Nursing is not just about the care of people who are unwell. It also involves  promotion, ill-health prevention and enabling, educating and empowering people to be more responsible for their own health.

After completing your pre-registration study, you can apply for registration as a comprehensive nurse with the Te Kaunihera Tapuhi o Aotearoa | Nursing Council of New Zealand.

After your initial pre-registration study, you may find yourself working in clinical areas such as:

  • Primary care nursing
  • Mental health and addiction nursing
  • Child and young person nursing
  • Surgical nursing
  • Medical nursing
  • Emergency nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Older adult health nursing
  • And many more…

Jackie Williams is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the School of Nursing and a Registered Nurse (RN) at Tupu Ora - Regional Eating Disorders Unit. Dr Natalie Anderson is also a Professional Teaching Fellow, as well as a Staff Nurse at the Auckland Hospital Adult Emergency Department.

If you want to expand on your skills and progress, you need to complete further study. Postgraduate Nursing study can open up even more opportunities.

Possible career pathways for students with a postgraduate qualification include:

  • Expert nursing within your clinical area
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse researcher
  • Health leadership
  • Health management
  • Clinical quality and safety
  • Nursing education
  • Registered Nurse Designated Prescriber
  • And many more…