A registered nurse's day will be spent planning and carrying out nursing care in a clinical area, having therapeutic conversations with health care consumers and their whānau/families, monitoring and recording essential changes in health care consumers conditions, giving medication and intravenous drugs, educating health care consumers and their whānau/families about health care needs, working within and contributing to multidisciplinary teams, ensuring accurate health records are maintained and promoting health, and advocating for health care consumers and their whānau/families.
Registered nurses work across a range of health care settings, including but not limited to:
Enrolled nurses work across a range of healthcare specialist settings. They work under the supervision of a registered health practitioner to care for and educate patients in rehabilitation, acute care, aged care, and mental health.
Advanced nursing practice
With postgraduate qualifications, graduates can work in Advanced Nursing Practice roles. These may include positions such as nurse educator, clinical leader, clinical nurse specialist, clinical charge nurse, registered nurse prescriber in the long term and related conditions, health services manager, and case manager/co-ordinator. If students undertake the nurse practitioner pathway in the Master of Nursing, upon graduation, they can apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice. Nurse Practitioners provide a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescribing medicines within their area of competence, and admitting and discharging from the hospital and other healthcare services/settings. As clinical leaders, they work across healthcare settings, influencing health service delivery and the wider profession.