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 undergraduate study, you may find yourself working as a:

  • Community nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse manager
  • Child health nurse
  • Gerontology nurse

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 and a higher income.

Possible career pathways for students with a postgraduate qualification include:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse researcher
  • Primary health care
  • Health leadership
  • Health management
  • International health
  • Clinical quality and safety