More than 1480 new nurses have applied for new graduate positions – up on last year – but jobs also appear to be on the rise.
Concern about new nurses struggling to find work has prompted a review on whether New Zealand’s doors should still be wide open for overseas nurses.
Concern about unemployed young Kiwi doctors is prompting the government to consider dropping GPs and junior doctors off the essential skills migrant list.
Six months since graduating nearly 230 new nurses are still job hunting and have signed up for a second chance to win a place in a new graduate programme.
New "NitBuster" teams will help alleviate pressure on hard-pressed public health nurses in schools allowing them to concentrate on more serious health issues, says Julie Chapman of KidsCan.