Registered and enrolled nurses work with other health practitioners and custody officers to provide a range of health and wellbeing screening, assessments and treatments from the time people are received into prison until they are released.

The Corrections health team work rostered hours between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week. There is an on-call requirement between the hours of 10pm and 7am.

The role

Corrections Nurses have opportunities to change lives through improving the health of vulnerable and often high health need people. Our nurses are valued members of multi disciplinary teams working to support people in prison to achieve the goals in health care and custodial management plans.

Corrections nursing requires a unique set of nursing knowledge and skills. It is a unique, interesting, challenging and exciting health setting.

Our nurses are the health professionals people in prison see most regularly. They undertake screening and assessment activities to identify and prioritise the health needs of people in prison. They provide primary health care and emergency interventions for a range of minor and complex, acute and chronic mental and physical health conditions. Our nursing staff also offer health education and health promotion care to prevent illness and improve health for the prison population.

What we are looking for?

We work with people who have complex health and social needs. We need our nurses to continually develop their existing skills, or learn new ones, to practise safely and provide quality nursing care.

We look for nurses who have:

  • Primary health care, mental health or emergency department nursing experience.
  • Advanced assessment and decision making skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of professional boundaries.
  • Commitment to team work.
  • Confidence to work independently.
  • Ability to manage workload and juggle priorities.

What qualifications do I need?

To join our team, you will need to hold a current New Zealand practising certificate.

We provide support for newly trained or experienced nurses through an orientation programme, mandatory training including an annual CPR refresher, primary mental health and pre-hospital emergency care training.

We offer opportunities to develop your nursing expertise and leadership. We prefer to grow our own leaders and there are opportunities to progress into clinical team leadership and health centre manager roles.

Our workforce development plans include roles for nurse prescribers and nurse practitioners and we support post graduate study and attendance at professional conferences and forums.

I'm a new graduate, what are my career and professional development opportunities at Corrections?

We encourage new graduate nurses to choose Corrections nursing as the place to start their career. The experience you gain working with people in prison will provide you with the foundations for practice in primary care, mental health and emergency department roles. We work with DHBs to provide new graduates with a supported entry to practice programme, including preceptorship and completion of a post-graduate certificate.

Internationally Qualified Nurses

Nurses from overseas are welcome to apply for roles in our health services. Internationally qualified nurses need a current practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand. You must also have a work permit or visa allowing you to work in New Zealand. You can find information about this from the Ministry of Health.


The salary ranges for Corrections nurses are:

  • Enrolled Nurses $48,126 to $50,991 (plus PDRP allowance on achievement)
  • Registered Nurses $51,105 to $68,407 (plus PDRP allowance on achievement)
  • Clinical Team Leaders $78,235 $79,800 - $86,940 (includes 3 steps)

Are you ready for the challenge?

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