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NetP Programme Graduates (2022)


L to R: Gemma Swanepoel - Perioperative Services; Neelam Deo - AT&R; Sophie Saba - MSW; Selina Bull - Paediatrics; Shirleyn Chandra - Carter Court. Absent from picture: Vicki Thompson - Acute Services; Rosa Pule - MSW; Jamie McDonald - Perioperative Services; Siobhan Von der Beeck-Ward - Perioperative Services; Mel Ford - Acute Services; Laura Jarvis - Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa

Te Whatu Ora NETP (Nurse Entry to Practice) programme is Nursing Council of New Zealand accredited and accommodates new graduates within hospital and primary health care settings. The programme is central to Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa's 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 Professional Development and Recognition programme (PDRP) which is consistent with the Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements for registered nurses. Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa also offers a postgraduate 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.

Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa 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 NETP Coordinator, NETP Clinical Coach, Preceptors, Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, 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).

For more information on NETP contact:

Hannah Chittick (NETP Coordinator)
Phone: (06) 946-9800 extn 5781
Email: Hannah.Chittick@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz

This page provides information for those considering recruitment to the Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa’s NETP programme and those within the organisation who need access to information regarding new graduates and the NETP programme.

Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa is funded to employ up to 16 new graduates on the NETP programme per year, with intakes in January (full-year intake) and if available, August (mid-year intake).


Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa 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. Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa employs their graduates on a permanent contract in one clinical area at 0.8 FTE.

All applications for the Te Whatu Ora WairarapaNETP programme are through Ace Recruitmentwww.nursing.acenz.net.nz

Currently filled NETP positions for 2023 are;

  • Acute Services – 1
  • Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation – 1
  • Medical / Surgical Ward – 1
  • Paediatrics – 1
  • District Nursing – 2
  • Primary Health Care – 1

Mid-year positions (if any) will not be known until closer to the time of ACE application. Please contact NETP coordinator for more information.


Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa wants to make their graduate nurses feel at home and welcomed.

NETPs are welcomed with a mihi whakatau at the beginning of their orientation. Orientation provides the graduate with generic learning and an introduction to the NETP programme. The Postgraduate paper is introduced 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 employment as a NETP.

Clinical employment areas

Graduates will be informed of their clinical placement before starting the programme.

Within clinical areas graduates will be expected to complete generic online learning packages, orientation work books, IV competency, 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, Nurse Educator, Associate Charge Nurse Managers and Charge Nurse Managers within their clinical areas. The NETP Coordinator is also available for support and will visit frequently. The Nurse Educator Lecturer (Victoria University) supports graduate's academic needs within the programme.

Preceptor programme

Socialisation, orientation and clinical support is important to ensure that graduates engage in positive learning experiences within their clinical environment. NETP graduates are supported in their clinical environment by a preceptor for the duration of their NETP programme. As part of their professional development requirements all NETP preceptors will have completed a one day workshop to enable their role. Preceptors are also required to be working toward or completed proficient level on the Professional Development and Recognition Programme. NETP graduates can be assured that their preceptor is committed to ensuring their completion of the NETP programme. For further information, refer to the Preceptorship page.

Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP)

Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa recognise the value nursing has within the organisation and are committed to ensuring that nursing practice is current and evidence based. As part of this commitment, Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa support nurse progression through the PDRP - a system that is designed to recognise differing levels of nursing practice (from beginning practitioner to expert) within clinical areas and the organisation at large. NETP graduates enter the PDRP as beginning practitioners however at the end of their NETP programme graduates will have demonstrated competent nursing practice - the next level on the PDRP.

For more information regarding the PDRP please see the Professional Development Recognition Programme page.

For further information or enquiries please contact:

Hannah Chittick (NETP Coordinator)

Phone: (06) 946-9800 extn 5781

Email: Hannah.Chittick@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz