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Applications for the 2024 mid-year cohort will open Wednesday April 3rd and close Tuesday April 30th 12pm.

All applications for the Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa NETP/ENSIP programmes are through Ace Recruitmentwww.nursing.acenz.net.nz


Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa currently recruits nursing graduates who have completed and passed their New Zealand State Final examinations. Graduate intake numbers are dependent on vacancies within clinical areas and skill mix. Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa employs their graduates on a permanent contract at 0.8 FTE.

Potential practice areas are:

  • Acute Services (ED/HDU)
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Paediatrics
  • Perioperative
  • Outpatients
  • Community
  • Primary Health Care (GP practices)
  • Aged Residential Care

Te Whatu Ora NETP (Nurse Entry to Practice) and ENSIP (Enrolled Nurse Support into Practice) programmes are Nursing Council of New Zealand accredited and accommodate 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/ESNIP programmes is to provide graduate Registered and Enrolled Nurses support and professional development to facilitate their transition during their first year of practice.

On completion of the NETP/ENSIP year, 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 and Enrolled Nurses.  Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa also offers a Level 8 postgraduate paper through Victoria University of Wellington within the NETP programme.

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 New Graduate Coordinator and Clinical Coach, Preceptors, Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Charge Nurse Managers and nursing staff to complete this programme.


Te Whatu Ora Wairarapa wants to make our graduate nurses feel at home and welcomed.  They are welcomed to our organisation with a mihi whakatau at the beginning of their orientation. Orientation provides the graduate with generic learning and an introduction to the NETP and ENSIP programmes.

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 new graduate.

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 workbooks, IV competency, and study days additional to and as well as NETP/ENSIP 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 New Graduate Coordinator and Clinical Coach are also available for support and will visit frequently. The Nurse Educator Lecturer (Victoria University) supports graduate's academic needs within the programme if applicable.

Preceptor programme

Socialisation, orientation and clinical support is important to ensure that graduates engage in positive learning experiences within their clinical environment. Graduates are supported in their clinical environment by a preceptor for the duration of their programme. As part of their professional development requirements all preceptors will have completed a preceptor workshop to support them in their role. Preceptors are also required to be working toward or completed proficient level on the Professional Development and Recognition Programme. Graduates can be assured that their preceptor is committed to ensuring their completion of the new graduate 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. New graduates enter the PDRP as beginning practitioners however at the end of their 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.

NESP (Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice)

About NESP

The NESP programme supports nurses NEW to mental health, addiction and intellectual disability services (MHAIDS) to develop their professional practice while developing the specific skills required for the specialty field. We are committed to supporting new graduate nurses in their first year of practice.

The NESP programme is delivered by MHAIDS Capital Coast and Hutt Valley - click on the link for further information:



For more information on NETP contact:

 Hannah Chittick (NETP Coordinator)
 Phone: (06) 946-9800 extn 5781


For more information on NESP contact:

Nikki Adams NESP Coordinator (MHAIDS)