Nurse Entry to Practice Programme

Tairawhiti District Health Board delivers a Nurse Entry to Practice Programme (NETP)


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The Tairawhiti NETP programme aims to provide a supportive learning environment where theoretical knowledge and clinical skills can be integrated and consolidated. It is an intensive learning time. Confidence and competence will be nurtured within the practice setting and the application of knowledge and skills will aid your development as a Competent Registered Nurse. Embedded within the NETP Programme is a post graduate course offered jointly between Eastern Institute of Technology and Tairawhiti District Health. This formalises the learning that occurs throughout the programme. This programme provides newly registered nurses with the opportunity to advance their professional practice knowledge and skills within the clinical environment of their specific speciality area of practice. Upon completion of this programme registered nurses will be recognised as competent practitioners on the PDRP Programme and will be awarded 30 credits of post graduate study.

2015 Programme Dates

  • Monday the 9th of February – Sunday the 13th of December 2015


  • 0.8 FTE, 32 hours per week

Clinical Placements

Graduate Registered Nurses are employed onto the NETP Programme on a fixed term contract for 10 months. During the recruitment process applicants will be asked to indicate areas of preference in which you would like to work. Clinical placements are planned to take into consideration your choices and service requirements.

Potential Placement Options

Positions offered will vary year to year depending on vacancies available although generally there will be two placements available in each of the medical, surgical, orthopaedic and paediatric wards and minimum of one in other areas. Please feel free to discuss potential placements with the NETP Coordinator or during interview.



There is a structured orientation to the Tairawhiti NETP Programme and to the Graduate Registered Nurse’s clinical placement.


Each RN graduate has an assigned a preceptor(s) who has completed an approved training programme. Preceptors and other members of the clinical team, work alongside Graduates to support goal setting and opportunities for reflective practice. 

Graduates Registered Nurses are also supported by the NETP coordinator, the nurse educators and preceptors in clinical areas.


The NETP Programme offers a formal, structured and supported learning programme. There are 12 designated education days over the Programme period and an additional time for professional development.

Embedded within the NETP Programme is a post graduate course provided through Eastern Institute of Technology, this is a 30 credit PG specialty paper based upon your clinical area of practice.

Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP)

Graduate Registered Nurses are required to submit a portfolio at a competent RN level prior to exiting the programme, as per Tairawhiti DHB PDRP. Information and guidance regarding the PDRP is given to participants throughout the year on study days. Support is available from the NETP Coordinator and the TDH Nurse Educator.

Ongoing Employment

Ongoing employment with the Tairawhiti District Health Board or Community Employers is subject to graduates meeting the requirements of the programme and the availability of vacancies at the time of completing the NETP Programme. 


Applications for the 2015 programme open on the 15th of August 2013 via kiwi health jobs. For further information on the application process go to

 Advertising of these positions will be available at:

How do I apply?

  • Applications open Friday the 15th of August 2014

All applications for positions advertised by Tairawhiti District Health must be lodged utilising the ACE online recruitment process. Go to


Interviews will be held 8th, 9th or 10th of October 2014

For more information please contact:

Stephanie Cox - NETP Coordinator

Phone: (06) 869-0500 extension 8300


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