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 speciality 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. The content of the NETP programme:

  • Orientation
    Graduates are orientated to their specific placement through preceptorship, 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 postgraduate 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 Note:  Vacancy numbers or specific areas have not yet been confirmed for this intake.

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

January 2018 Intake:

  • Applications Open Online on Wednesday 16 August 2017 at 9 am
  • Applications closed on Tuesday 12 September 5 pm
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 practised 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 practising 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 


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

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