NSNZ Recruitment grew out of a Nurses Society initiative, in 1991, designed to help new graduates, in response to the shortage of new graduate positions in New Zealand.
Placements were organised for these new graduates in the United Sates, which required organising registration, including sitting NCLEX-RN and then placement. It started with taking a small group to New York to sit NCLEX-RN and later some of this initial group were employed at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre of New York. Numbers rapidly increased and, within a year, groups as large as 140 at a time were being flown out. Placements mostly focussed on New York, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, California and Hawaii.
Due to popular demand, the programme was soon opened to experienced registered nurses and it morphed into a full, international placement service.