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We are offering new graduate nurses the opportunity to join our organisation in making a difference to the health and wellbeing of the patients we serve. There are two programmes for graduate nurses:

  • Nurse Entry to Practice Programme (NETP) for hospital, primary and aged and residential care and
  • Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) for mental health services (adult, youth, forensic, community, addictions, early intervention, intellectual disability, Maori Mental Health, Health Pasifika).

We invite you to apply via ACE. Please ensure you follow all ACE instructions regarding your application.

Nurse Entry to Practice Programme (NETP)


·Are you looking to start your nursing career within the hospital, primary or aged and residential care settings in the Wellington district?

·Are you wishing to continue your postgraduate studies in a supported Nurse Entry to Practice Programme?

CCDHB has two NETP Programme intakes for graduate nurses per year in January and August. These fixed term contracts are within practice areas that have protected positions for graduates and are 32 or 36 hours per week (depending on area). Maori and Pacific population needs are a priority for this DHB and this is reflected in opportunities for nurses who identify as Maori or Pacific.

If you are a New Zealand trained and registered nurse who has completed a Bachelor of Nursing in New Zealand (or are about to), we invite you to apply.

As a teaching hospital, continuing nursing education is supported through the senior nursing team in your area, clinical load sharing and support from the NETP Coordinator and University Nurse Lecturer.

The aim of the NETP programme is to provide graduate nurses support and professional development in your transition from student to RN. CCDHB offers a post graduate nursing paper within the NETP programme and ensures that on successful completion of the programme graduates demonstrate competent nursing practice as evidenced in their Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) portfolio.

The primary focus of the Victoria University paper is physical health assessment and clinical judgment at a graduate nurse level. You will be prioritised to complete the post graduate certificate in the following year if you wish.

When applying please ensure you follow all ACE instructions regarding your application.

If you do not secure a graduate role in August you have the opportunity to apply for the January intake via ACE when it appears on the CCDHB internet career pages.

For further information please follow this link:


Previous NETP and NESP intakes showing the total numbers of new graduate Registered Nurses employed


January 2013

August 2013





January 2014

August 2014





January 2015

August 2015





January 2016

August 2016





January 2017
August 2017


January 2018

August 2018





16 (+ 10 in June)




The exact number of places on the NETP Programme is dependent on vacancies across the Hospital, Primary Healthcare, and Aged and Residential care settings, therefore we cannot predict the exact numbers for the intake. We anticipate similar numbers with each intake for NETP.

Anticipated practice areas for August 2018 NETP Programme

You can select up to 5 practice areas that interest you in your ACE application. If you have an interest in working in particular area then please identify this specifically in your cover letter.

Areas that have no positions currently may have NETP positions later in the year that would utilise the talent pool for recruitment. Although we try to match you to your preferred practice settings as indicated in your application, you will not be disadvantaged if that area is not currently recruiting. We will consider you for other roles and discuss this with you prior to appointment.

Anticipated vacancy areas for January 2019 NETP:

Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation: Ward 6 (Kenepuru Hospital)

Cardiac Care includes Coronary Care Units and Cardiothoracic: Ward 6 South (Heart and Lung Unit)

Emergency & Trauma: Emergency Department, and ED Observation Unit (EDOU)

Health of Older People within the DHB: Ward 4 and Ward 5 (Kenepuru Hospital)

Intensive Care and High Dependency: ICU

Medical: Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU), Medical wards (5 South), Dialysis Unit (across Kenepuru and Wellington hospitals), Diabetes and Endocrine Clinic.

Neonatal: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Oncology: Ward 5 North (oncology, haematology, and renal)

Paediatrics/ Child Health/ Youth Health: Child Health (Ward 1, Ward 2)

Perioperative Care (Theatre): Operating Theatres, Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)

Surgery: SAPU (Surgical Assessment and Planning Unit), 7 North (general surgical, vascular, ENT, and ophthalmology), 6 North (orthopaedics and urology), 7 South (neurosurgery and neuroscience), Kenepuru Surgical unit (ward 7)

Interview information for January NETP Programme

CCDHB will be conducting interviews for the January 2019 NETP Programme between October 15th and 25th, 2018.  The interview process consists of a face to face interview and an assessment center, which is conducted in pairs. It is for this reason that we will not be conducting Skype or phone interviews.

Invitations to interview with us will be emailed on October 1st.  Apologies for they delay - invitations will now be sent out on October 2nd. We appreciate a quick response so that if you are unable to attend, we can offer this interview to another candidate. Interviews for CCDHB will be held at Wellington Hospital in Newtown, and additional details will be available in the interview invitation.

The start date for the January 2019 NETP Programme is January 14th, and successful applicants must be able to commence employment on this date.

CCDHB will only be employing graduate nurses who have applied via the ACE process. Recruitment for NETP is ongoing throughout the year through the ACE talent pool, and new graduate nurses who apply to advertised positions (Hospital services) outside of this process will not be successful for this reason.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply to ACE applicants must meet the following criteria:

·Either be a New Zealand Citizen, Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Resident Visa (Or Returning Resident Visa)

·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/NESP programme

·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/NESP programme. You therefore have up to four opportunities to apply via ACE provided you still meet all eligibility criterions each time you apply.

·You must have not practised as a New Zealand Registered Nurse continuously (full time 0.8FTE or more) for longer than six months before starting on the NETP programme.

For further information about the NETP Programme please visit our NETP website, or contact one of the NETP Coordinators:

Steph White, NETP Cordinator

Phone 04 8060545 or 027 2718761



Phoenix Ahomiro, NETP Coordinator (Cultural Support)

Phone 04 806 2377 or 027 620 9674




New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) February

  • Begin your nursing career with a job in Mental Health or Intellectual Disability
  • Gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Mental Health) 
  • Receive regular group supervision 

Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services understand that for many people coping with their illness or disability is not easy at the best of times. In recognising the importance of helping people to seek help and to recover we provide a range of services that help people to live a fulfilled life. 

We are looking for nurses who have completed their Bachelor of Nursing in New Zealand (or are about to) to join our dedicated teams to help make a difference to all New Zealanders accessing our services.

You will be someone who thrives on delivering evidence based nursing care, an active member of the nursing team and actively role modelling professional behaviours.

As a new entry to specialist practice participant, you will be offered a 72 hour a fortnight fixed term contract that coincides with the tertiary education calendar to enable you to take paid study leave to complete the academic requirements of the programme. You will be offered three rotations within the services which may include adult, youth, older adult, forensic, community, early intervention, intellectual disabilities, Maori mental health or Health Pasifika. 

We partner with Whitireia New Zealand ( to offer a comprehensive introduction to Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Nursing.

This partnership enables you to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Mental Health) by the end of the NESP Programme. On completion of your first year in nursing, there is the possibility of full-time employment within the services. 

With the increase in demand for our services, there are plenty of opportunities to grow your career and specialise as a Mental Health Nurse.

For more information about our mental health services, go to

For further information about NESP please contact:

Nicola Adams: Nurse Educator for students and new graduate nurses,

Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service

027 548 8853 or



When applying please ensure you follow all ACE instructions regarding your application. For further information please follow this link:

Last updated 5 December 2018.