New Graduate Nurse Programmes | Te Whatu Ora - Te Tai Tokerau

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

Who We Are

Our Vision is for a healthier Northland, He Hauora Mo Te Tai Tokerau.

Our mission is to work together with Northlanders in partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi to:

  • Improve population health and reduce inequities
  • Improve patient experience
  • Live within its means Northland DHB provides opportunities for new and innovative ideas.

The new graduate programmes are designed to support new graduate nurses in their first year of practice.

The aim of the programme is to develop: A competent practitioner; An accountable practitioner; and a reflective practitioner.


NETP has two intakes per year January and September; on average we have minimum 20+ per intake.  Positions are vacancy based and are fixed term for 13 months.  

Placements are generally offered at:

  • Whangārei Hospital: Medical, Surgical, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Rehab, ED, theatre and ICU.
  • 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 i.e. Aged Residential Care facilities, GP practices, PHO, Iwi providers.

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

Eligibility Criteria

Click here for eligibility criteria. 

About Our Programmes

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 speciality field of
mental health and addiction nursing. We are committed to supporting new graduate nurses in their first year of practice.

The programmes are for 12 months.


  • 12 Study days Orientation: preceptorship
  • Post Graduate Paper: Clinical Practice Development
  • Completion of PDRP portfolio

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

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions
  • Supervision
  • Completion of PDRP portfolio
Student Nursing Skills and Interventions

Click here to view suggested clinical learning activities for NorthTec nursing students.


NETP coordinator | email Raiquel TePuni
NESP coordinator | email Jane Simperingham 

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