Nurse Entry to Practice Programme NETP

Nurse Entry to Speciality Programme NESP  

Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) offers the following NETP placements across the district: Nurse Entry to Practice-

  • Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospital

  • Primary Care

  • Aged Residential Care

  • Nurse Entry to Specialty Programme (NESP) - Mental Health & Addiction Services

The aim is to provide Graduate Nurses a time of transition within a supportive learning environment, where knowledge and clinical skills can be consolidated so as to enable the Graduate to practice confidently and safely within the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice.

Secondary Health Care: Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals

1st Intake: 1st or 2nd week January 2018 (NESP graduates will start in January. Only one NESP intake)

2nd Intake: 1st or 2nd week March 2018

In 2018 the NETP will have approximately 48 - 50 placements. BOPDHB will not have a mid-year NETP or NESP intake in 2017. 

Hours: 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week)


Clinical placements


Registered Nurse (RN) graduates are employed onto the NETP/NESP Programme for a 12 month fixed term contract.  In the majority of cases graduates will undertake one 12 month placement during this period.

Some Registered Nurse (RN) graduates employed onto the NESP / NETP Programme may have 2 clinical placements during the 12 month period.

During the ACE recruitment process applicants will have the opportunity to identify three areas of clinical preference. In planning clinical placements preferences are taken into consideration as well as service requirements.

Placement options

  • Aged Residential Care (By negotiation with Aged Care Providers)
  • Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation (BOPDHB- Health in Ageing - rehabilitation)
  • Cardiac Care includes Coronary Care Units and Cardiothoracic (BOPDHB- ICU/CCU)
  • District Nursing
  • Emergency & Trauma (BOPDHB- ED)
  • Health of Older People within the DHB (BOPDHB- Health in Ageing - rehabilitation) 
  • Intensive Care and High Dependency (BOPDHB- ICU/CCU)
  • Medical
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Neonatal (BOPDHB- Not Available)
  • Oncology (BOPDHB- Not Available)
  • Paediatrics/ Child Health/ Youth Health
  • Perioperative Care (Theatre)
  • Primary Health Care including Practice Nursing, Iwi Providers, School Nursing and Hospice
  • Public Health Nursing (BOPDHB- Not Available)
  • Surgical

Currently we have funding for four graduate nurses within the primary health care sector across the Bay of Plenty. Graduates maybe employed by individual organisation e.g. General Practice, Maori Health Practices, and Aged Care Facilities.

The graduates are recruited by the specific organisation offering a NETP- placement.

All graduates will complete a PG paper (NESP 2 PG papers) and have access to the resources and developmental opportunities within the BOPDHB graduate program.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply to ACE for a NETP or NESP position you must meet all of the following basic criteria

  • Either be a New Zealand Citizen, Australian Citizen* or hold a Permanent Resident Visa (or Returning Resident Visa). 
  • Be in the final year of a Bachelor of Nursing degree approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) leading to registration as a registered nurse or be awarded a Bachelor of Nursing degree approved by the NCNZ leading to registration as a registered nurse, no longer than 24 months before starting on a NETP/NESP programme.
  • You must have completed your Bachelor of Nursing degree in New Zealand and have not passed your state final exam more than 2 years prior to starting on a NETP/NESP programme. You therefore have up to four opportunities to apply via ACE provided you still meet all eligibility criterion each time you apply.
  • You must have not practiced as a registered nurse for longer than six months before starting on the NETP/NESP programme. If you have collectively worked more than six months as a registered nurse before starting on the NETP/NESP programme you will not be eligible to apply via ACE. This is irrespective of whether you worked full time, part time or on a casual basis during these six months.

Graduates that do not meet these basic ACE criteria should apply directly to individual employers for private positions. We recommend checking the Job Search page on the Kiwi Health Jobs website as a first point to see which employers may be looking for registered nurse and also by checking the career web pages of each DHB.

For further information about Permanent Resident Visa's please click here. For further information about Health Workforce NZ funded positions please click here and navigate to the link 2/B46.

*Australian Citizens are eligible to apply to ACE Nursing however they do not meet the Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) criteria for a funded NETP or NESP position.

*In the case that a graduate with an Australian Passport, who does not hold a Permanent Resident Visa, is successfully matched via ACE, their position could be funded directly by the employer, or the employer could apply to HWNZ for an exception to the residency status policy for trainee funding. For more information about the HWNZ exception policy, please click here.

ACE Application Portal

ACE Nursing Website:

Positions Descriptions:




There is a structured orientation to BOPDHB, the NETP/NESP Programme and the RN graduate's clinical placement.



Every RN graduate is assigned a preceptor(s) who has completed an approved training programme. Preceptors, and other members of the clinical team, work alongside the RN graduate providing support and opportunities for critical analysis, reflection and goal setting.


The NETP programme offers a minimum of 12 designated study days.  RN graduates are required to undertake one 30 credit paper delivered by University of Auckland. It is envisaged that this will contribute to completion of a post graduate certificate. This paper and NETP study days are clinically focused.

The NESP programme offers 16 designated study days. RN graduates are required to undertake a post graduate certificate (two 30 credit papers) in Health Science (Mental Health Nursing) delivered by University of Auckland. This is a master's level certificate consisting of two clinically focused papers. RN graduates are also required to participate in professional supervision for at least 20 hours over the 12 month period.

Professional Development & Recognition Programme (PDRP)

RN graduates are required to submit an e portfolio at RN Competent Level prior to completion of the programme. Resources, including access to BOPDHB's e-Learning site are provided to enable the graduate to complete this.

Ongoing employment

Ongoing employment within the BOPDHB is subject to graduates meeting the NETP/NESP requirements and vacancy availability at the time of completing the programme.


BOPDHB's expectations of those employed into the NETP programme are outlined in the Graduate Nurse Position Description. 

Support for Māori RN Graduates


Tēnā koutou katoa.

E ngā iwi kua haere mai nei, ki tēnei wāhi hauora o tātou.

Ka mau mai o koutou kaha, o koutou maia, o koutou manawanui ki ngā iwi o tēnei rohe.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.


Greetings to you all who come to this hospital of ours, who bring your support, your strength and your dedication to the people of this area.

Greetings, greetings, greetings.

Regional Māori Health Services (RHMS) is committed to ensuring the best health outcomes for all people within the area 'Mai ngā Kuri a Whārei ki Tihirau' from Bowentown to the East Cape. Nurses play an integral part in reaching the aims that RMHS has for the 18 iwi of this rohe (area), and maintaining and developing Māori nurses with Maori competencies which include assisting with their search for their cultural identity as we acknowledge the importance this holds and Non Maori nurse with their awareness of Maori Health concepts.

RMHS has shown a longstanding commitment to the professional development of Māori Nurses, with most Māori nurses having achieved postgraduate qualifications.


Robyn Boladeras
Nurse Coordinator PDRP and NETP Programme
Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Elaine Wogan
Nurse Leader / NESP Coordinator
Bay Of Plenty District Health Board


Last updated: April 18, 2017