Nursing Entry to Practice Programmes

Nursing Entry to Practice Programmes

Welcome to Southern DHB's Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) programme. We understand that as beginning practitioners you require support to make a smooth and successful transition from the student role to the role of registered nurse.

The NETP Programme at Southern DHB is Nursing Council of New Zealand accredited and aims:

  • To provide a safe and supportive environment in which the graduate nurse gains clinical competency to a level consistent with a registered nurse.

  • To provide a framework to ensure graduate nurses commencing employment in any of the participating services receive a comprehensive and consistent orientation.

  • To assist the graduate to make the transition from the role of student to the role of a professional registered nurse.

  • To establish a preceptorship link between a nursing graduate and an experienced nurse.

  • To promote continuing education and enhance professional development.

  • To encourage reflective practice.

  • To further develop their understanding and application of the requirements of professional accountability and ethical practice inherent in the role of the registered nurse.

  • To recognise the effects of skilled practice of nurses on quality patient outcomes.

  • To retain nurses with competent skills by offering a robust learning framework.

    Our programme will assist you to further develop your clinical practice and critical thinking skills and become an active member of our nursing team. This requires a practice centred approach that develops confidence, clinical reasoning/decision making and acceptance of the responsibility of the registered nurse.

    The NETP RN represents the future of the nursing profession and as such we feel you should have the opportunity to develop your professional and practice roles in a supportive environment that models excellence in nursing practice, leadership, professionalism and best practice principles.

    Placements on the NETP programme may be available within the Southern DHB, Primary Health Care, or community settings such as private practice, residential care facilities, or community organisations.

    The Southern DHB NETP programme is offered on both Southland and Otago sites.

    Placements within Southern DHB (Otago or Southland site) will be identified and determined as part of the ACE National Recruitment Process.

          NETP /NESP PLACES 2018

  • Southern District Health Board will be offering approximately 34 NETP places accross Medical, Surgical, Children's and Older Person's Health areas. There will be approximately 6 places offered for NESP.                                                                                      

  • NETP Programme Entry Criteria

  • Nurses accepted onto the programme hold a nursing degree from a New Zealand Bachelor of Nursing programme approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

  • Nurses accepted on to the programme must be a NZ Citizen or hold a valid NZ Residency permit.

  • Nurses accepted onto the programme hold New Zealand registration within the Registered Nurse scope of practice.

  • Nurses accepted onto the programme hold a current annual practising certificate (APC) with no restrictions on that APC that would negatively impact on their ability to participate in the programme.

  • Nurses must have graduated in the previous and not practised as an RN for longer than six months at the time they commence the programme.

  • Nurses accepted on to the programme must be able to work a minimum of 0.8FTE.

    The Southern DHB eligibility criteria is aligned with the HWNZ specifications. More information can be found on their website

    We are happy to discuss and provide information relating to the NETP opportunities within our DHB - however you should note that for the January/February 2018 intake, all applications can only be made through the Nursing Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) website which will open for applications on Wednesday 16 August 2017, we estimate NETP positions will be on this website from 15 August 2017.  

           Full details on this application process can be found on the Kiwi Health Jobs website under the 'ACE' tab.

For further information you can contact:
Southland Programme   Otago Programme
Shelley McDonald
Nurse Educator NETP Programme
03 218 1949 Ext 8035

Pam Markby
NETP Programme Coordinator
03 470 0674