Indian nurses claim council acted discriminately.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Political activity)
Race discrimination (Analysis)
Overseas Indians (Asian people) (Political activity)
Pub Date: 08/01/2012
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses; 9103557 Racial Oppression NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners; 92812 International Affairs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 301648864
Full Text: Eight nurses who began a hunger strike in front of the statue of Indian resistance leader Mahatma Gandhi outside Wellington Railway Station last month abandoned their strike after three days. This followed a meeting with the Nursing Council, during which they put forward their claims that, in declining their applications for registration, the council had acted discriminately. The group of eight nurses, most of who work as caregivers, described the meeting as "fruitless" and are now continuing to fight their cases through a lawyer.

Nursing Council chief executive Carolyn Reed said the council had always made it clear registration had to be assessed individually and that it was not a given. "We want to continue engaging with the nurses to make sure they know their options. These include having their applications reassessed by the registration committee or the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, being registered under the enrolled nurse scope of practice, or having further training.

"The council's standard has always been that nurses must have a level 7 qualification to be eligible for registration. Some diploma qualifications from India have been deemed equivalent to level 7 and others have not. Feedback we have received from some employers has certainly made us revise our standards regarding these diplomas."

Reed said the council valued diversity in the nursing workforce, with many internationally qualified nurses, including from India, making valuable contributions daily. Around 70 per cent of nurses qualified in India are approved for registration in New Zealand each year.
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