What must employers do?

The Nursing Council as the authority that sets the standards for nursing works with nurses to ensure they are competent and fit to practise nursing in New Zealand. Employers also contribute to public safety by ensuring the nurses they employ meet the standards for nursing practice.

All employers of nurses are required to ensure that their nurses are holding a current annual practising certificate. The Nursing Council offers an online Search the register function for both employers and nurses to check that a nurses annual practising certificate is current. This search is not definitive if you as an employer have any questions please contact the Nursing Council. Further information for employers can be found below.

Please use the complaints form in the downloads box on the right of this page to address any of your concerns to the Nursing Council, or contact us.


Concerns or complaints about a nurse may be made in writing to the Registrar of the Council or to the Health and Disability Commissioner.

Concerns about a Nurse Form Sep 2019 (Word, 77 KB)

Complaint Investigation process (PDF, 212 KB)