If you have concerns about the mental or physical health of a nurse (including alcohol or substance use disorders), and you believe that the condition may be affecting the nurse's ability to practise, you may notify the Council in writing of those concerns. 

Please use the Concern about a Nurse Form in the Downloads on this page. If you want to discuss your concerns further before deciding about completing a Form, please call our Nurse Advisor on 04 802 0240.

The Council may require the nurse to have a health assessment. If the assessment identifies a health concern that may affect practice, the nurse is given the opportunity to meet with a health committee before any decisions about practice is made.  

The nurse may have conditions included in their scope of practice (such as employer support and monitoring of the health condition) to enable them to practise safely in a supportive place of employment. In serious cases, nurses may have their registration suspended until they are well enough to return to practice. Information about the process is in the Downloads box on this page.