New Graduate Nurse Programmes

New Graduate Nurse Programmes

NETP - Nurse Entry to Practice - General Adult/Child Health stream
NESP- New Entry to Specialty Practice - Mental Health & Addiction Nursing Programme

The Graduate Nurse Programmes support new graduate nurses in their first year of practice.

The NETP programme supports new graduate nurses through preceptorship, reflective practice, critical thinking and assessment, 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

The aim of the programme is to develop:

A competent practitioner, An accountable practitioner, A reflective practitioner

The programme is for 12 months, comprised of clinical and academic components. Content of the NETP programme:

  • Orientation
    Graduates are orientated to their specific placement through preceptoship, this may either be done by a named preceptor or by a team nurses.
  • Academic Component
    Graduate nurses will attend 12 study days throughout the year including a structured orientation to the NETP programme and completion of a post graduate paper: Clinical Practice Development
    Service specific education will also be provided by the clinical area.
  • PDRP Component
    Support will be provided for the graduate nurse to complete and submit a competent portfolio as part of the Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) prior to completion of the NETP programme.

Upon successful completion of the NETP programme the graduate nurse will receive a Northland DHB NETP Certificate of Achievement.

We have two intakes per year January and September; class sizes are usually 25 and 18 retrospectively.  Positions are vacancy based and are fixed term for 13 months.   

Placements are generally offered at:
Whangarei Hospital: Medical, Surgical, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Rehab, ED and theatre. 

District Hospitals: Dargaville, Bay of Island, Kaitaia (as positions become available)

Those employed in Primary Health will be offered a position on the NETP programme. ie Aged Residential Care facilities, GP practices, PHO, Iwi providers.

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

Both programmes are for 12 months

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

Applications are made through the Nursing Advance Choice of Employment (ACE) website 

September 2017 Intake:

  •   Application Open online on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 9.00am
  •   Applications Close on Tuesday 9 May 2016 at 5.00pm.
  •   DHB shortlisting and interviews will occur between 22 May to 30 June.
  •   Application outcomes will be notified on 19 July
  •   NETP programme commences 4 September  2017

January 2018 Intake:

  • Application Open Online on Wednesday 16 August 2017 at 9am
  • Application Close on Tuesday 12 September 5pm
  • Interviews: 25 September – 2 November

Eligibility criteria

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

  • Either be a New Zealand Citizen, Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Residency Visa (or returning resident visa)
  • Be in the final year of a Bachelor of Nursing degree approved by the Nursing council of New Zealand (NCNZ) leading to registration as a registered nurse or be awarded a Bachelor of Nursing degree approved by the NCNZ leading to registration as a registered nurse, no longer that 24 months before starting on a NETP/NESP programme
  • You must not have practiced as a New Zealand Registered Nurse continuously (full time 0.8FTE or more) 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. 
Additional information about the criteria can be found on the ACE website   

Contact person:

Raiquel TePuni  NETP coordinator:

Jane Simperingham NESP coordinator:    

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