Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP)

​​​​New Zealand's Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP) enables nursing graduates to begin their careers well-supported, safe, skilled and confident in their clinical practice, equipped for further learning and professional development, meeting the needs of health and disability support service users and employers.

NetP builds a sustainable pathway for the New Zealand registered nurse workforce into the future.

The Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards Regional NetP Team and partners ensure our programme fulfils these objectives.

Nursing Graduates February 2019 Intake

Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards warmly welcome nursing graduates to apply for the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme (NetP) or the New Entry to Speciality Practice Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Programme (NESP),​  via the ACE Nursing Website.

ACE Nursing Website

At this site you will be able to apply online and access comprehensive information to help you through the application process.

Please click here for: ACE Nursing Website

ACE Nursing Eligibility Criteria

Please click here for:  ACE Eligibility Criteria

At the Canterbury Region NetP / NESP and community/primary areas you will be working with experienced, educated and qualified nurses who will support you in your first year of practice.

Canterbury and West Coast offers a structured 12 month programme. Most of our contracts are permanent with some of the community/primary providers offering fixed term contracts.

The Canterbury Region NetP programme has approximately 75 to 80 Heatlh Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funded positions, but frequently can take more graduates than that.  There are also  50 NESP positions available for the 2019 NESP programme.

West Coast District Health Board commences their intake on 11 February 2019 and positions will be offered within:

  • Aged Residential Care - 1 position 
  • Health of Older People with a DHB/Dementia Service - 1 position
  • Medical/Surgical/Rehabilitation - 2 positions
  • Community (i.e. District Nursing, Primary/planned care integrated with urgent care, public health) - 1 to 4 positions
  • ​NESP - 1 to 2 positions

Recruitment Assessment Centres will be held  on:

  •  17 to 19 October and
  •  ​23 & 24 October 2018

Assessment centres are a recruitment process which includes NetP/NESP applications to the CDHB, WCDHB, and partnering organisations, St Georges Hospital and Southern Cross​ Hospital, Christchurch. 

Canterbury Region NETP/NESP numbers employed :

 ​

Intake​Nursing Graduates employed
2018 - September


2018 - February
​NETP -  82
NESP - ​ 6

NETP - 99
NESP - ​28
​2017 - September

NETP - 78
NESP - ​16

​2017 - February

​​NETP - 79
NESP - ​16

​2016 - September

​​NETP - 69
NESP - ​18

​2016 - January

​​NETP - 82
NESP - ​19

2015 - September​NETP - 64
NESP - 15​
2015 - January​NETP - 92
NESP - 28​
2014 - September​NETP - 74
NESP - 12​
2014 - JanuaryNETP - 69
NESP - 31
2013 - SeptemberNETP – 66
NESP - 11
2013 - JanuaryNETP - 73
NESP - 23
2012 - SeptemberNETP - 65
NESP - 15
2012 - JanuaryNETP - 54
NESP - 22

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Please find attached an information sheet  on the clinical placement areas offered:

 FAQ sheet:  Canterbury Region NetP FAQs Feb 2019 Intake.pdf

NETP-NESP-Recruitment 2018 West Coast Region.pdf

NetP Office Administrator
Email:  NETP@cdhb.health.nz

NESP Coordinator
Email: Gail.Houston@cdhb.health.nz

Page last reviewed: 11 October 2018