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Australian nurses show little interest in working in New Zealand despite nursing shortages

Australian nurses show little interest in working in New Zealand despite nursing shortages

New Zealand nurses are far more eager to work in Australia than their Australian counterparts are to work in New Zealand. While 5,000 New Zealand nur

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New Zealand nurses are far more eager to work in Australia than their Australian counterparts are to work in New Zealand. While 5,000 New Zealand nurses registered to work in Australia in the seven months until March, only 164 Australian nurses registered to work in New Zealand during the six months to March. Australian nurse recruitment specialist, Prudence Thomson, who has recruited nurses from all over the world to New Zealand for the last 25 years, said that Australia’s size and scale means that its hospitals can offer higher short-term contract rates and more opportunities than New Zealand, making it more attractive for Australian nurses to stay home. New Zealand, however, sells itself on its lifestyle and unique advantages such as its lack of dangerous animals, excellent ski fields, and a more relaxed pace of life.

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