NETP programme

Placement Options

Overall there are two intakes each year in January and September. There could also be a May intake which is dependent on vacancies at the time. 

The exact number of places on the NETP Programme is dependent on vacancies across the organisation including Primary Care, and Aged Residential Care therefore we cannot predict the exact numbers for the intake. We estimate that there will be 40 positions available in the Mid-Year 2017 intake and these positions will be across the range of practice settings on offer via ACE Nursing. As we confirm these vacancies, we will post this information on our webpage.


The programme at Counties Manukau Health supports new graduate nurses across Counties Manukau Health, and extends to those employed in community settings such as GP practices, Primary Health Organisations, and Aged Residential Care facilities. Click here to read the full outline of the programme.

At Counties Manukau Health we are committed to making graduate nurses feel supported. The NETP (Nurse Entry to Practice) team includes a Nurse Coordinator/Educator and two Clinical Coaches who work closely with the senior nursing staff in all clinical areas to support the graduate nurse throughout the duration of their first year of practice.

Each graduate nurse will also be assigned a preceptor(s) who has completed an approved training programme. Preceptors and other members of the clinical team, work alongside graduate nurses to enhance clinical skill and knowledge, as well as support goal setting and opportunities for reflective practice. 

Professional Development

  • Academic Component

Graduate nurses will attend 12 study days throughout the year including a structured orientation to the NETP programme and completion of a post graduate paper in Clinical Assessment.

Service specific education will also be provided by the clinical area.

  • PDRP Component

Support will be provided for the graduate nurse to complete and submit a competent portfolio as part of the Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) prior to completion of the NETP programme.

Upon successful completion of the NETP programme the graduate nurse will receive a Counties Manukau Health NETP Certificate of Completion.



  • Placements within Counties Manukau Health will be identified and determined as part of the ACE (Advanced Choice of Employment) National Recruitment Process.
  • Placements within Primary Health / Aged Residential Care settings can occur as below:
  1. The graduate nurse identifies in their cover letter, via the ACE National Recruitment Process, a desire to work in the Primary Health/Aged Residential Care setting and gives the Nurse Coordinator/Educator NETP at Counties Manukau Health permission to pass on their application to potential employers.
  2. The graduate nurse applies for a position with the Primary Health/Aged Residential Care setting employer, and identifies to the employer that they wish to participate in the NETP Programme. The employer can then contact the Nurse Coordinator/Educator NETP for further information.

Note: The graduate nurse must still have applied through the ACE National Recruitment Process in order to be eligible for a funded position.

Further information regarding ACE is available through at

NETP Programme Entry Criteria

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

  1. Either be a New Zealand Citizen, Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Resident Visa (or Returning Resident Visa). 
  2. 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 or NESP programme.
  3. You must have completed your Bachelor of Nursing degree in New Zealand and have passed your state final exam no more than 2 years prior to starting on a NETP or NESP programme. You therefore have up to four opportunities to apply via ACE provided you still meet all eligibility criterions each time you apply.
  4. You must have not practiced as a New Zealand Registered Nurse continuously (full time 0.8FTE or more) for longer than six months before starting on the NETP programme.

Eligibility criteria are aligned with the HWNZ specifications.

For further information regarding the Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) Programme at Counties Manukau Health, please email Victoria Crisp, Nurse Coordinator/Educator, (NETP) or phone (09) 276 0044, ext. 8329 or 021 242 6776.