What do I miss most? Definitely my family and a white Christmas. This is my 2nd Christmas in warm weather and without snow and family, and it never really feels like "Christmas" without those 2 things. But, thanks to technology these days, staying in touch is fairly easy with video chat and social media.
There are quite a few differences that I have noticed while working as a nurse here, compared to the states. Some of these differences include: 8 hour shifts instead of 12, different terminology for things, different medication names, paper charting and no medication dispensing system, no respiratory therapists, and having to double check all IV medications with another nurse. I've also noticed that I'm not as burnt out at work and they take their "tea breaks" and lunch breaks very seriously, which I appreciate! You will also accumulate vacation days much faster here (4 weeks/year and extra vacation days for working holidays and overtime). Although there are quite a few differences compared to what I am used to back home, it isn't a bad thing and I'm hoping it will make me a more well-rounded nurse. It is very interesting to work in another country, learn about another culture and their healthcare system, and adapt that to my practice.
New Zealand is a beautiful, safe country and I would 100% recommend working here to anyone!