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Nursing Careers

At Bupa, nurses are at the heart of our care homes. Bupa offers many employment opportunities for nurses and would welcome an opportunity to speak with you about the roles available at Bupa in New Zealand. As part of the Bupa family you will play an active role in making a positive difference to the lives of our residents and their families.

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As a Bupa nurse you will have access to:


We will offer you professional development opportunities.    

Education for Registered Nurses is tailored to suit the individual, taking into account past experiences.

We have a number of Bupa designed programmes available to you. Our in-house annual education plan is delivered in work time. This includes access to online education learning opportunities and funding of compulsory training.

We hold an Annual Forum for our Registered Nurses that we run off site and pay for our nurses to attend.

Professional Development & Recognition Programme (PDRP)

Designed to promote and support the professional development of Bupa nurses. The programme is recognised by all DHBs, offers senior nurse support and education sessions, includes paid study days and financial incentives which increase as you move between PDRP levels.

We offer you 32 hours of paid professional development each year which includes your mandatory training and a further day off for PDRP portfolio development.

Training days provided by local District Health Boards (New Zealand’s healthcare funders) are also available to you. These cover a wide range of topics, including speciality fields such as palliative care and wound care.

We also take advantage of training opportunities provided by external organisations to provide you with the opportunity to learn and grow.


As a Registered Nurse working for Bupa, you will be supported to grow and develop your career to aid you reaching your potential.

We here at Bupa have many examples of Registered Nurses who have progressed to become Clinical Managers, Care Home Managers, Regional Operations Managers and other management roles.

Bupa’s vision is that everybody managing people should be given the essential skills and support to carry out that role to the best of their ability. Our Management Essentials Leadership Programme is designed to help you understand what makes a great Bupa leader. We want to develop your core skills around managing a team and help you put what you have learnt into practice in the workplace.

Reward and Recognition

The Bupa Awards are a global celebration of all of our people who positively contribute towards our journey to fulfil our purpose, values and strategy.

The Bupa Scholarship Programme recognises, rewards and develops our talented, passionate and dedicated employees as they continue to deliver on our purpose. The Bupa Scholarship Programme enables employees to apply for specific professional development funding so they can update, or gain new, knowledge and skills.

We recognise people who reach key service millstones including two, five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35+ years working for Bupa. These are known as Service Awards.

Looking after you

Each year we run a prize draw known as “Holiday of a Lifetime”. All employees go into the draw to win one of seven holiday vouchers (1 x NZ$10,000, 2 x NZ$5,000, 4 x NZ$2500).

At Bupa we care about your health and wellbeing as well as that of our residents and clients. Our employee wellness programme is Take 5 and we have Take 5 champions throughout our villages and care homes.  

We want to make your move to New Zealand an easy one.  Bupa is an accredited employer with Immigration New Zealand. This means we can support your “Work to Residence” visa. This is great news if you reside outside of New Zealand and want to make our beautiful shores your home.   

Under the Work to Residence visa you will be granted a visa for 30 months. After working for 24 months, you will automatically be eligible to apply for your residency visa. You do not need to worry about gaining enough points to lodge your Expression of Interest with Immigration New Zealand.

Where to next?

You can see our latest nurse vacancies here.