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Priscilla - Registered Nurse

My name is Priscilla. I am a Registered Nurse. I came to New Zealand on November 10, 2022, from the USA. The process to come to New Zealand took me around 6.5 months. The easiest part of the process was getting a position and the actual registration for the nursing license and APC. The most challenging part of the process was getting all documents to CGFNS and getting their authenticity approved.

ACCENT Health Recruitment helped me find a nursing position fast! And when I wanted to change to another hospital, they were quick to reach out on my behalf. Hannah Jenman is amazing!

My first impressions of New Zealand were that it is a beautiful country with incredibly kind people. What I specifically like about New Zealand is the work and life balance, decent paternity leave, safe country to live in and raise a family, simplicity in day to day, not over-commercialized, universal.

I think the best parts of NZ are the gorgeous outdoors. I live in Wellington, it has a lot of delicious places to eat. You will never run out of places to try. Coffee is amazing!
What I miss the most is my family and friends, ease of finding what you need in stores/online, Mexican food! My mom came and stayed with us for almost 6 months and that was a huge help. We were able to find some very good Mexican spots. We are staying close to new friends we made online prior to moving to NZ which helps. My advice if you are planning to come to New Zealand is to stay organized, prepare early, and keep an open mind when you arrive. Be prepared to miss your family/friends a lot but focus on finding new friends to help fill that void.

The work/life balance made a difference to my life because I just had a baby recently and I cannot say how wonderful it is to be able to stay at home with her for 6 months. It’s been a huge blessing.
Registered Nurses have more responsibilities such as managing everything respiratory. There is a bit more autonomy as nurses in patient care. Working with doctors here have been a lot easier and more team focused. There is less access to supplies and technology is a bit behind. 

What helped me orientate/ transition easily is that I remained in my specialty, NICU, which has been a grounding thing. 

I would not suggest changing specialty until you have been here for at least a year. As mentioned, there is a lot more responsibility and autonomy and that has completely changed how I practice nursing. It allows me to focus more on what I can do and have more critical thinking than before.

ACCENT Health Recruitment really made the process of moving to NZ very easy. Couldn’t do it without them.

Thank you


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