Plunket nurse

Plunket’s specially trained Plunket Nurses provide support to parents on childcare and parenting, regularly assess the health and development of children from birth up to the age of five.

Our Plunket Nurses work in a variety of community based locations including clinics, homes, PlunketLine, marae and early childhood centres and have extensive knowledge of the communities they work in.

Advanced assessment skills and knowledge of child health and development enable Plunket Nurses to provide and coordinate care, information, observation and support appropriate to the whānau/family's situation.

Post Graduate Certificate

To become a fully qualified Plunket Nurse you are required to complete a one year Post Graduate Certificate in primary Health Care Specialty Nursing. This qualification is provided by Whitireia Polytechnic and all Registered Nurse’s undertake the programme after 6 months employment with Plunket.

Nurses are supported by a designated Clinical Educator to complete both the academic and practice requirements of the programme in their place of work.


Plunket welcomes graduate nurses. We have established relationships with different universities and polytechnics across New Zealand.

In some areas we offer short term placement opportunities while you are still studying. Plunket provides you with a supportive working environment that will help you further your development.

Coming from overseas

If you’re interested in moving to New Zealand, the information below will help you through the process.


For information on work permits, visas and gaining residency in New Zealand, please contact Immigration New Zealand.


To enable you to practice in New Zealand you are required to be registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council and hold a current New Zealand Practising Certificate. If your practicing certificate has lapsed, Plunket offers a Return to Nursing programme.

For more information refer to the NZ Nursing Council.

Returning to Nursing

If you are looking to complete the Post Graduate Certificate but have not been a practising nursing for 5 years or more Plunket provides a return to nursing programme.

As part of the Return to nursing programme you will need to complete a Competency Assessment Programme to be eligible for re-registration and to be accepted into the Post Graduate Programme.

If you'd like to discuss this with someone, please email Maureen Gibson or call 04 470 4985.


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