The Nursing Cohort Report: A longitudinal study of New Zealand and internationally qualified nurses 2020 Edition

It is a pleasure to present the recently published “The Nursing Cohort Report: A longitudinal study of New Zealand and internationally qualified nurses 2020 edition ”.

This is the fifth biennial report in the cohort series. We have taken this opportunity to review how we approach these reports in light of the Council’s priorities and how the publications can best add value in understanding the nursing workforce. As a result of this, we have begun following three ‘focus’ cohorts amongst nurses who joined the Register from 2012 to 2013: Māori Registered Nurses, Māori Enrolled Nurses, and Registered Nurses who identify with Pacific ethnicities. This change highlights the distinctive experiences of these nurses over time, including different rates of retention and areas of practice. Such data will be of value in workforce planning, service design, and ensuring that our system responds to the needs of the Māori and Pacific nursing workforce.

This year’s report also provides a view of these nurses on the brink of COVID-19; future reports in the series will be able to clearly demonstrate the effects of the pandemic on their practice. Both the virus and our responses to it have had many effects, one of which is a demonstration of the value derived from high quality data and information.

The Council would once again like to thank all those nurses who complete their annual workforce questionnaire and thus provide us with such a rich picture of the nature of nursing work in Aotearoa New Zealand.