Fast-tracking overseas nurses will only ‘steal’ them from other countries

August 24, 2022

I enjoyed your articles in the latest journal. I would like to comment on Mary Longmore’s article regarding fast tracking residency for nurses.

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Registered nurses (RNs) are already on [Immigration New Zealand visa category] tier 2 [two years’ work-to-residency] for entry requirements. Changing this to tier 1 [straight-to-residency] will do little to obtain more nurses for New Zealand apart from “stealing” them from countries that are already short of nurses.


I know of several colleagues who have come to New Zealand and then left for better conditions elsewhere. The emphasis should be on growing our own nurses and keeping them.

Christopher Corkery, RN,