Nursing Entry to Practice Programme

The NETP programme is approved by the Nursing Council to apply theory to everyday nursing practice.


The Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NETP) is the first stepping stone in a nursing career. You can apply for a 12-month placement in a hospital or in a primary health care setting. Successful completion of NETP means you will have achieved a competent level on the Professional Development Recognition Portfolio (PDRP). 


Clinical placements - Te Whatu Ora Whanganui - Whanganui Hospital

Registered nurse (RN) graduates at Te Whatu Ora Whanganui have either one full year or two six-month clinical placements.

During the recruitment process, applicants are asked to choose what area they would like to work in. Clinical placements will be planned around these choices and service requirements (where possible) before the programme begins.

Placement options:

  • General medicine
  • General surgical
  • Theatre services
  • Paediatrics
  • Community
  • ATR / acute stroke unit.


Clinical placements - Primary health care in Te Whatu Ora Whanganui rohe

RN graduates can also apply for a 12 month placement in a primary care practice with the Te Whatu Ora Whanganui region.

Placement options include:

  • Primary health care organisations
  • Aged/residential care facilities
  • Iwi/Māori health providers
  • Non-government organisations
  • General practices.


 Visit the ACE website for more information.



Learning framework



You will be supported to complete an 800 level post-graduate paper, in the second half of the graduate year. In addition to the post-graduate paper, six additional study days and a comprehensive clinical orientation will be provided. You will be provided with additional learning within your clinical setting and supported by the NETP Coordinator, enthusiastic Preceptors,  Clinical Coaches, the Clincal Nurse Manager and Manaaki Hauora support.


Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP)


PDRP is a contemporary professional development framework which supports nurses and midwives to further develop knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care. The programme acknowledges and develops a range of transferable clinical and personal skills, values and professionalism. It sets out a clinical career pathway for nurses from competent to expert/leadership practice. As a competence measurement tool, it makes explicit the minimum standards expected of every nurse. The programme has been approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.


Preceptorship and Manaaki Hauora Support

Registered nurse (RN) graduates are supported by the programme coordinator, Clinical Nurse Managers, Preceptors, Taituara role, Clinical Coaches Nurse Educators.


Each RN graduate has an assigned preceptor/s who have completed an approved academic education programme. Preceptors, and other members of the clinical team, work alongside RN graduates and support goal setting and opportunities for reflection.


Clinical supervision


WDHB offers regular group clinical supervision to graduates. Clinical/professional supervision is a formal process which provides professional support to enable practitioners to develop their knowledge and competence, be responsible for their own practice and promote client/service users health outcomes and safety and in order to meet organisational, professional and personal objectives.


The objectives relate to competence, accountability performance, continuing professional development and personal support.


Te Uru Pounaumu - Cultural support


Te Uru Pounamu provides regular individual and group supervision for Māori nursing graduates to develop self-awareness about personal cultural beliefs and how these contribute when working with patients and whānau. Te Uru Pounamu is based on a mentor concept called ‘Tuakana – Teina’ where the more experienced nurse helps to guide or mentor the new nurse. This is a traditional Māori model of a buddy system.


Eligibility criteria


At the time of application for NEPT, applicants will:


  1. Hold a nursing degree from a New Zealand nursing programme approved by Nursing Council New Zealand
  2. Hold New Zealand nursing registration within the registered nurse scope of practice
  3. Hold a current annual practising certificate that enables full participation in the programme
  4. Have graduated within the past 24 months and have not practised as a registered nurse for longer than six months
  5. Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. 


Timeframes and application process


The Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) programme facilitates the application and recruitment process for new graduate nurses applying for a NETP or Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) programme. 

All applications for WDHB and primary care roles must be made through the ACE website

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The next round of applications for NETP & NESP will open on 3 April 2024.


For more information email: NETP Coordinator or phone 021478 769