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Strong interest in overseas nursing article.

THE ARTICLE "The role of overseas nurses in our health system" in last month's Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand (p14) was timely.

I presented a paper on this topic, and on my own experience of being an overseas nurse now working in New Zealand for the last nine years, at the eighth Nursing Practice conference in Adelaide last month.

From discussions with some of the delegates, I learnt that some Australian states are still actively recruiting from overseas, while other hospitals seem to be focusing on retaining their new graduates using various strategies.

An interesting point in the Kai Tiaki article was the comparison between the numbers of new graduate nurses qualifying and the number of overseas nurses obtaining their first registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. It is also interesting to note that the number of enrolled nurses from overseas obtaining enrolment with the Council is slowly increasing each year.

The experience of overseas nurses settling into nursing roles in a new country and health care system is an interesting topic and one on which there will be many different experiences and opinions. Thanks for publishing this article.

Christine Cook, RGN, BHSc, PGDipHSc

Auckland
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Title Annotation:letters
Author:Cook, Christine
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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