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 2019

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. The Canterbury District Health Board offers permanent contracts. A mixture of permanent and fixed term contracts is offered by community or primary health organisations.  

NESP programmes generally have two intakes each year - September to November the following year, and January/February to November of the same year. Employment within Specialist Mental Health Service of CDHB are permanent, subject to meeting all programme requirements.

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.  

The NESP programme (inclusive of West Coast DHB and NGO partners) numbers vary from year to year. We anticipate 40 positions for 2020 (inclusive of the Sept 2019 intake).

West Coast District Health Board commences their intake on 9 September 2019 and positions will be offered within:

  • District Nursing - 1 position 
  • Medical/Surgical/Rehabilitation - 2 positions
  • ​Community (i.e. District Nursing, Primary/planned care integrated with urgent care, public health) - 1 position
  • ​NESP - 1 to 2 positions

Recruitment Assessment Centres will be held  on:

Mid-Year 2019:

  •  12 to 14 June and
  •  ​17 & 18 June 2019​

End of Year 2019​:

  • 16 to 18 October and
  • 21 & 22 October 2019

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 :

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Intake​Nursing Graduates employed
​​2019 - February

2019 - May
​NETP - 104
NESP -   21
NETP -   11
2018 - September


2018 - May

2018 - February
​NETP -  82
NESP - ​ 9

NETP - 17

NETP - 98
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:

 NetP NESP Information: NETP NESP Information Sheet Sept 2019 Intake.pdf

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

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

Page last reviewed: 10 May 2019