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Published Tuesday 27 Aug 2019

Two new nursing graduates are beginning their nursing careers this week. They are part of the Wairarapa DHBs Nursing Entry to Practice (NETP) 2019 midyear programme that supports first year graduates.

left to right- Trudy Pearce, Sharon Clatworthy

The graduates trained at UCOL in Masterton. Sharon Clatworthy was born and bred in the Wairarapa and Trudy Pearce moved to the Wairarapa with her husband 17 years ago. Both have been working in Aged & Residential Care part-time while waiting for the NETP programme to commence.

As part of NETP, each graduate will be provided with a preceptor (an experienced Registered Nurse who guides and teaches the nursing graduates, helping to bridge the gap between classroom and clinical practice). The preceptors will help the new graduates to set and achieve goals. As part of the programme, the new graduates attend study days and meet together to learn new skills, discuss their nursing practice and support each other in their new jobs.

Nurse Educator/NETP Coordinator, Vivienne Petersen who runs the programme says, "NetP gets the new grads on their feet, and gives them lots of support while they consolidate their learning from the last three years into practical working environment."