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NetP Programme Graduates (2019)

(LtoR  Viv Wride, Miranda Turley, Helena Clark, Jessica Baker, Tessa Vaeau, Maria Flemming (NESP), Aimie McAnulty and Danielle Hansen.)

This NETP programme is Nursing Council of New Zealand accredited and accommodates new graduates within hospital and primary health care settings.

This programme is central to Wairarapa DHBs philosophy of "growing our own" nurses and commitment to keeping them
here through continuing nursing education and a supported learning environment.

The aim of the NETP programme is to provide graduate Registered Nurses support and professional development to facilitate their transition during their first year of practice.

On completion of the NETP year, nursing graduates will meet competencies and standards of practice at "competent" level on the Wairarapa DHB Professional Development and Recognition programme (PDRP) which is consistent with the Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements for registered nurses.

The Wairarapa DHB has collaborated with other central region DHBs to offer a post- graduate nursing paper through Victoria University of Wellington embedded within the NETP programme. This assists graduates to demonstrate competent nursing practice on completion of the programme. The primary focus of this paper is physical health assessment and making clinical judgments at a graduate nurse level.

Wairarapa DHB understands the demands and stresses faced by new graduates when they commence their first year of practice and are committed to supporting them through their first year with the assistance of our DHB Nurse Educator/NETP Coordinator, Clinical Coach NETP, Preceptors, Nurse Educators, Specialist Nurses, Charge Nurse Managers and nursing staff to complete this programme (which includes collaborating with the Tertiary Educator Provider to deliver education at Level 8 on the NZQA scale).

This page provides information for those considering recruitment to the Wairarapa DHB's NETP programme and those within the DHB who need access to information regarding new graduates and the NETP programme.

The Wairarapa DHB is planning to have up to 12 new graduates on the NETP programme per year. 

For further information or enquiries please contact:

Vivienne Petersen (Nurse Educator/NETP Coordinator)

Phone: (06) 946-9800 ext 5781

Email: vivienne.petersen@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz


Wairarapa DHB currently recruits nursing graduates who have completed and passed their New Zealand state final examinations, from around New Zealand. Graduate intake numbers are dependent on vacancies within clinical areas. Wairarapa DHB employs their graduates on a 12 month fixed term contract in one clinical area at 1-.8FTE. 

The NETP programme for 2021 is now OPEN for applications from Wednesday 12th August - Tuesday 8th September, 12noon. All applications for Wairarapa DHB NetP programme are through Ace Recruitment

NETP positions for 2021;

  • Community Nursing - 1
  • Paediatrics - 
  • Acute Services - 1
  • Aged & Residential Care - 
  • Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation - 1
  • Medical / Surgical Ward - 2
  • Perioperative - 
  • NESP - 1


Wairarapa District Health Board wants to make their graduate nurses feel at home and welcomed.

NETP graduates are welcomed to Wairarapa DHB at Orientation which provides the graduate with generic learning and an introduction to the NETP programme. The Post Graduate Paper is launched at Orientation day.

Following orientation, graduates will be orientated to their clinical placement area by their Charge Nurse Managers and Preceptors. It is anticipated that graduates will complete clinical orientation within 4-6 weeks of starting their clinical placement.

Clinical Placements and Rotations

Graduates will be informed of their clinical placement and/or rotations before starting the programme. Once accepted the terms of agreement for such placements are fixed for the NETP year.

Within clinical areas graduates will be expected to complete generic online learning packages, orientation work books, and study days additional to and as well as NETP study days and assignments.

Initially this appears to be an overwhelming amount of work. It is strongly recommended that graduates use the knowledge and skills of their appointed Preceptor, Clinical Coach NETP, Nurse Educator, Associate Charge Nurse Managers and Charge Nurse Managers within their clinical area. The NETP Coordinator is also available for clinical support and will visit frequently. The Nurse Educator Lecturer supports graduate's academic needs within the programme.