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Promoting positive health outcomes

As a member of our health team, every day you’ll help change lives and work to improve health equity for those in our care and their whānau

Our work is rewarding and diverse, involving a wide variety of clinical activities. Our focus is primary care, but we work across a range of different specialities, including emergency response, women's health, mental health and addictions, older person's health and more.

The role

Create lasting change

Our nurses often work with patients who haven't regularly engaged with healthcare and may have unmet health needs. Working in collaboration with patients, you'll identify health goals, grow health literacy, work to address health inequities for Māori and make a meaningful difference.

Opportunities to grow

A career as a nurse at Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a career that grows with you.

Our nurses have the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge, through exposure to a wide range of specialities and health scenarios. We support our nurses to develop through education, training and professional career opportunities - enabling them to work to the top scope of their practice.

Supportive, multi-disciplinary team

Our nurses work in a nursing-led, close-knit team within the health centre, alongside allied health providers, whānau, hapū and iwi. They are supported by custodial staff and other members of the multi-disciplinary team - all of whom bring different insights and help to create a safe environment.

Hear from our team

Why become a Corrections nurse?

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What’s it like working in a custodial environment?

What do you enjoy about working as a Corrections Nurse?

How safe is it?

What you need to know

Time off

Five weeks annual leave, increasing to six after six years continuous service

Hours of work

No night shifts - rostered hours between 6am - 10pm, 7 days a week
Rosters will vary from site to site

Career development

Progression to management, nurse practitioner, nurse education, quality assurance and advisory positions
Opportunities to move into different areas, including mental health and Rongoā Māori


Extensive orientation and training, including Ara Tika (induction at Upper Hutt)


Based within a health centre at one of our 17 prison sites around the country

Skills and experience

Clinical experience, with good communication skills and the ability to relate to diverse groups of people
Registered or enrolled with the Nursing Council of New Zealand

Support for graduates and overseas candidates

Support for graduates

We offer graduates the opportunity to gain clinical experience supported by a preceptor (mentor), plus study a fully funded paper.

Support for international candidates

We offer a relocation package to help cover expenses for our nursing international candidates, plus other guidance and support.

Apply now, change tomorrow

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