Return to Nursing Programme

Return to Nursing Programme


Whether it has been five years or twenty-five years since working, nursing needs you!

In Southland, Southern DHB's Return to Nursing programme offers ‘out of practice' nurses the opportunity to update clinical skills and boost their confidence to return to work in a clinical setting.

Since the introduction of the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (2003), registered and enrolled nurses who have been out of practice for 5 years or more are now required to show the New Zealand Nursing Council evidence of competence and professional development, in order to obtain their practising certificate and re-enter the workforce.

Southern DHB's Return to Nursing Programme is an approved competency based programme from the New Zealand Nursing Council for registered nurses who have held a New Zealand Annual Practicing certificate.

The programme can be completed on either a full time (5 days a week for 5 weeks) or part time basis (up to three months).  It is based on Nursing Council's requirements of no less than 200 hours theory and practice and written assessment against the nurse's scope of practice.

Nurses are matched to a senior nurse mentor for their clinical placements, which can be in a variety of areas within the Southern DHB. Participants might also complete their clinical requirements at other community placements within the region with appropriate support.

The Return to Nursing Programme has been running for 14 years.  The iniative has proven to be a success with most of those who have attended the programme having successfully returned to nursing work.  To hear about a local success story, follow this link to episode 3 of the Southern DHB's Better Health You Tube series (video below).

To find out more please read the Information Booklet below. To register your interest for the next Return to Nursing Programme, please complete the application form and follow the instructions at the end of the form.  Alternatively please contact Shelley McDonald

The next programme for 2018 will be running July 30th 2018 with compulsory attendance on July 30th, 31st, and August 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st 2018

Application Information Documents

Better Health - R2N