Handbook for Pre-registration nursing programmes 

The purpose of the Handbook is to inform heads of nursing studies, academic staff, clinical teaching staff and administrators within nursing departments of the Council’s legislative requirements and current policies relevant to nursing education, the State Final Examination and applications for registration. 

The Handbook contains the following sections:

  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: Standards
  • Section 3: Curriculum framework for the registered nurse scope of practice
  • Section 4: Curriculum framework for the enrolled nurse scope of practice
  • Section 5: General policies for enrolled nurse and registered nurse programmes
  • Section 6: Registration
  • Section 7: State Final Examination
  • Appendix 1: Competencies for the registered nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 2: Competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 3: Guidelines for the accreditation of institutions seeking to establish a school of nursing
  • Appendix 4: Education programme standards for the registered nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 5: Education programme standards for the enrolled nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 6: Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 sections 12, 16, 45 (4) (5) and 118
  • Appendix 7: Notification to Nursing Council of New Zealand: credit granted through recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • Appendix 8: Requirements for registration as a registered nurse
  • Appendix 9: Requirements for registration as an enrolled nurse
  • Appendix 10: Fees for pre-registration programmes
  • Appendix 11: Accreditation process timeline.