Nursing Entry to Practice (NETP) Programme - Primary Health Care (PHC)


The NETP programme is a supported first year of practice programme for newly registered nurses including those employed in primary health care settings outside the hospital.

These settings in the Primary Health Care sector include:
▪ Primary Health Care Organisations ▪ Aged/residential care facilities
▪ Iwi/Māori health providers ▪ Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)
▪ General Practices.

The NETP Programme is a national initiative which supports the five strategic themes outlined in the New Zealand Health Strategy to enable ‘All New Zealanders to live well, stay well and get well’ (MOH, 2016). Those themes are:
▪ people-powered ▪ closer to home
▪ value and high performance ▪ one team
▪ smart system.

The NETP Programme will assist in the development of confident nurses independent in clinical reasoning, decision making and acceptance of the responsibility of the registered nurse role who can provide safe and effective care in the Primary Health Care setting.

This is achieved through:
▪ participation in the Whanganui District Health Board NETP Programme inclusive of twelve study days
(Note: study days can be used for specific training such as immunisations, B4School assessments,
cervical screening, long-term conditions screening and management, Advanced Care Planning & falls prevention)
▪ a formal orientation programme at the PHC setting with evidence of understanding and learning demonstrated
▪ preceptorship by an experienced PHC nurse clinician throughout the tenure plus support from the WDHB
NETP Programme coordinator
▪ participation in integrated nursing services such as district nurses, specialist nurses collegially working within the PHC sector.

Outcomes for professional practice include the new graduate nurse being:
▪ able to practice confidently and safely within the registered nurse scope of practice
▪ able to demonstrate meeting the requirements of the learning framework
▪ an effective team member in the practice environment
▪ able to demonstrate the ability to practice in a culturally competent manner
▪ assessed as having reached the ‘competent registered nurse’ level in the PDRP framework.