Nurse Entry to Practice Programme

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

 Tairawhiti District Health Board’s NETP Programme has been established to assist Graduate Registered Nurses to develop as competent and confident nurses through their participation in a supported learning programme.

Download the TDH Nurse Entry to Practice Handbook 2014


Intake Date

  • Applications open - dates for 2014 will be advertised soon


  • 0.8 FTE, 32 hours per week

Clinical Placements

Graduate Registered Nurses (RN) 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

- General Surgical                       - General Medicine

- Mental Health                           - Theatre

- Emergency                               -  Paediatrics

- Orthopaedics/Rehab                - District Nursing

- Primary Health                         - Aged Care Residential Facilities



There is a structured orientation to the Tairawhiti DHB 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 16 hours of development session time.

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 2014 programme open TBC. For further information on the application process go to

 Advertising of these positions will be available at:

How do I apply?

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


For more details please contact:

Stephanie Cox - NETP Coordinator

Phone: (06) 869-0500 extension 8300

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