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Nursing graduate programmes

The Waikato DHB nurse entry to practice (NETP), nurse entry to specialty practice (NESP), and enrolled nurse support in practice (ENSIPP) programmes are a supported transition to the role of Registered Nurse (RN)/Enrolled Nurse (EN). We select new graduate nurses from New Zealand training centres through the ACE recruitment programme.

Māori nurses and midwives

... cultural identity as indigenous people, explore practice from a Māori worldview, integrate tikanga and Māori models into practice and gain confidence as Māori health practitioners.

Māori student nurses and midwivesACE Website
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Waikato DHB NETP/NESP Programmes
More information on our nurse entry to practice (NETP) and nurse entry to specialty practice (NESP) programmes.

Māori new graduate nurses and midwivesNETP/NESP - Ko Awatea LEA...

Application dates

... Wednesday 16 August 2017 – 9am. 
Applications close: Tuesday 12 September 2017 – 5pm. 
Interviews will be held: From 3 - 5 October 2017, if successful you will be sent an appointment time with full details.
NESP programme start date: Monday 15 January 2018.
NETP Programme February intake start date: Tuesday 14 February 2018.
NETP Programme March intake start date: Monday 26 March 2018.

NETP and NESP programmes

... months in total, whilst on the programme at 0.8FTE (8 days per fortnight) and include support and full funding for academic study and completion of a full post graduate certificate (two papers) provided by University of Auckland as the academic provider.

NETP positions are now permanent employment positions with an initial 13 month clinical placement whilst on the programme, at 0.9FTE (9 days per fortnight) and include support and full funding for academic study and completion of one paper tow...

Non-DHB settings: NETP placement areas

These placements are jointly supported by the DHB and educator and preceptor teams working within these settings. NETP education days are provided at the Waiora Waikato Hospital site, alongside DHB based participants.

Waikato Hospice – one place.
Aged Residential Care – potential positions, numbers to be confirmed.
Corrections Service

An application via ACE is also required to be eligible for funding to undertake a graduate programme with Corrections.

If you are interested in a NETP position...

Nurses and midwives of Pacific Island descent

... strengthen their cultural identity as Pacific people, explore practice from a Pacific worldview, integrate Pacific models into practice and gain confidence as Pacific health practitioners.

Pacific student nurses and midwives
ACE Website
Waikato DHB NETP/NESP Programmes
Pacific new graduate nurses and midwivesNETP/NESP pages on Ko Awatea for

Overview of cultural support for graduates
Monthly Group Mentorship
Academic workshops
Pacific nurses and midwives
Pacific Nurses Section NZNO
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Ongoing employment with Waikato DHB

On-going employment with Waikato DHB is subject to graduates meeting all the requirements of the programme and the availability of vacancies at the time of completing the NETP/NESP programmes.

We have a facilitated approach to graduate recruitment into vacancies in the second year of practice.

Graduates employed by community providers are subject to the terms of their employer agreement and their employment contract with that provider.


Graduates are welcomed onto the DHB with a formal whakatau process and receive both organisational and NETP/NESP specific orientation days, as well as local area training. This provides an introduction to the key aspects of nursing at Waikato DHB, and equips them for practice.

The new graduates experience nursing as a shared clinical caseload with their preceptor for six weeks in total to support their orientation.