New Graduate Nurse Programmes

NETP - Nurse Entry to Practice - General Adult/Child Health stream

NESP- New Entry to Specialised Practice Mental Health

The NETP programme is designed to support new graduate nurses in their first year of practice.  This is achieved through the transfer of theoretical knowledge into quality, patient focused outcomes for consumers within our organisation.  The aim of the programme is to develop: 

A competent practitioner, An accountable practitioner, A reflective practitioner

The NETP programme is designed to provide a safe and well supported environment in which the Graduate Nurse can advance from beginner to competent practitioner.  Preceptorship, reflective practice, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning will be grounded in clinical nursing practice to develop the graduate's practice within the registered nurse scope.

The NESP programme supports nurses new to mental health and addiction services to develop their professional practice while developing the specific skills required for the specialty field of mental health and addiction nursing


We have two intakes per year January and September.  Positions are vacancy based at the time of each intake usually a class of25 for January and 18 for September. 

Placements are generally offered at Whangarei Hospital in the Medical, Surgical, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Rehab, ED and OT areas.  With our District hospitals, Kaitaia, Dargaville and Bay of Islands also taking new graduate placements.  Positions are fixed term for 13 months. We have a 97% retention rate after the first year.

The programme also extends to those in employment at Aged Residential Care facilities, GP practices, primary health organisations and iwi providers.

The NESP programme starts in January although they do take graduates nurses in September if a vacancy allows 

Please note that vacancy numbers in total or for specific areas have not yet been confirmed for this intake

The NETP programme:

The programme is a 12 month programme comprised of two synergistic components; a clinical component and an academic programme of study that value practice experience and build on existing knowledge.

  • Orientation to specific placement 
  • Preceptorship offered during your orientation period
  • Orientation to the NETP programme & coordinators
  • 12 study days
  • 16 hours of paid time with your preceptor
  • Post graduate paper N770: clinical Practice Development
  • 5 & 10 month assessments
  • Submission of a level II PDRP portfolio.

A certificate of achievement will be presented on successful completion of the NETP programme.

Eligibility criteria

For NDHB NETP, New Graduate RNs, to be eligible for HWNZ funding, the new graduate will:

  • Be a New Zealand Citizen or hold a New Zealand residency permit
  • Hold a nursing degree from a New Zealand registered nursing programme accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand;
  • Be awarded the nursing degree no longer than two years prior to commencement on the NETP programme
  • Have not practiced as a registered nurse for longer than six months before starting on the NETP programme; except in Mental Health
  • Hold registration with the NCNZ within the RN Scope of Practice, ‘in good standing’
  • Have a current annual practicing certificate
  • New Graduates must currently be employed with NDHB as a RN; or
  • New Graduates employed in a non provider arm must have a signed Memorandum of Understanding with NDHB.
  • NETP New Graduates must be employed at a minimum 0.8 FTE.
Applications are made through the Nursing Advance Choice of Employment (ACE) website    or

September 2016 Intake:

  • Application Open online on Wednesday 12 April 2016 at 9.00am
  • Applications Close on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 5.00pm.
  • DHB shortlisting and interviews will occur between 23 May to 1 July.
  • Application outcomes will be notified on 20 July
  • NETP programme commences 5 September 2016

January 2017 Intake:

  • Application Open online on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 9am
  • Application Close on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 5pm

Contact person:

Raiquel TePuni  NETP coordinator

Jane Simperingham NESP coordinator    

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