Nurse Entry to Practice NEtP Programme

**Currently, there are no NEtP positions available at HBDHB, if you are seeking graduate opportunities in the Region please contact external employers e.g. ARC, NGOs or GP practice settings.**

 Thank you for considering HBDHB NEtP programme as an employer.

As a Nurse Graduate your first year of practise marks the transition from student to competent Registered Nurse. Hawke’s Bay DHB recognise how vital this year is to your development and our nursing workforce.
The Nurse Entry to Practice (NEtP) Programme is a successful graduate nurse programme, which includes a range of supported learning opportunities to develop clinical practice. This includes:
•  a structured orientation and preceptorship programme
•  a post graduate paper (in conjunction with Eastern Institute of Technology) embedded in the programme
•  support to complete your portfolio
•  certificate upon successful completion of the programme
•  a professional nursing environment.

Previous NEtP participant numbers within the Hawke’s Bay region

   Sept 2012  Jan 2013  Sept 2013 Jan 2014  Sept 2014  Jan 2015  Sept 2015   Jan 2016
NEtP   10  25  13  20  13  20  12  24
 NEtP Community  2  2  4  9  5  2  2






We believe that the learning opportunities and support received at Hawke’s Bay DHB will stand you in good stead for your career in nursing.


The duration of the NEtP Programme at Hawke’s Bay DHB is a fixed term for 12 months, there are two intakes which commence in either September and January annually. On successful completion of the NEtP Programme you will have the opportunity to apply for permanent positions based on available vacancies within the organisation at that time.


To be eligible for selection onto the NEtP Programme graduates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a New Zealand Citizen or have New Zealand Residency
  • Be in the final year of a Bachelor of Nursing degree approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as leading to registration as a Registered Nurse OR be awarded a Bachelor of Nursing Degree approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as leading to registration as a Registered Nurse, no longer than 24 months prior to application;
  • Have not practiced as a Registered Nurse for longer than six months before applying.

Clinical placement opportunities:

Clinical placement is decided in conjunction with Hawke's Bay DHB's Clinical Nurse Managers after recruitment and selection onto the NEtP Programme. However, should you be successful in being appointed onto the NEtP Programme it is important to us that you are placed in an area of interest. For this reason graduates will be asked during the application process to indicate preferred placement areas. Your preference along with service requirements will be taken into consideration. Potential clinical placement options at Hawke’s Bay DHB (subject to vacancies) are as follows:

  • Assessment Treatment & Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health & Addictions
  • Emergency & Trauma
    Emergency Department
    Acute Assessment Unit
  • Surgery
    General Surgical Ward
    Surgical Sub Specialties
  • Medical
    Renal & Respiratory
    Neurology, Gastroenterology & General Medicine
  • Intensive Care
    Intensive Care Unit
  • High Dependency Unit
  • Paedeatrics
  • Neonatal
    Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) 
  • Perioperative

How to apply:

Applications will no longer be made directly to Hawke’s Bay DHB. All applications for graduate positions nationally now need to be made through the ACE website. Full details on this new application process can be found on Please note as employers we expect that the lecturer references are from 3rd year lecturers only – this gives up to date information of your developing nursing attributes.

Recruitment process:

We believe that relying on one formal interview alone is not the best way to recruit our future nurses. Whilst there are a number of graduates with good clinical skills and personal attributes, due to inexperience and nervousness sometimes these are not demonstrated at interview. This is why when we recruit graduates onto our NEtP programme we undertake a range of assessments. If shortlisted for an interview you’ll be invited to attend a recruitment day where you’ll undertake up to two assessment exercises, attend a panel interview as well as join your peers and nurse leaders from within the organisation for an informal lunch.

Click here for the Position Profile

Contact details::

For more information regarding the NEtP Programme please contact:
Helen Ansell
NEtP Nurse Educator
Ph 06 878 8109 extn 4534