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Professional development & funding


Follow this link to the Midwifery page that contains more information on:

  • Midwifery Quality and Leadership Programme (QLP)
  • Midwifery graduate programme
  • Return to practice
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • Internationally Qualified Midwives wanting to work in New Zealand

Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP)

The aim of the NETP programme is to provide graduate registered nurses support and professional development to facilitate their transition during their first year of practice. Upon completion of the NETP year, nursing graduates will meet competencies and standards of practice in order to progress to competent level on the Professional Development and Recognition programme (PDRP) determined by the Nursing Council of New Zealand and CCDHB.

Information for NETP nurses and those considering recruiting to the CCDHB NETP Programme.

New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP)

If you are a new graduate nurse or a nurse who is looking for a challenge in a new speciality, we want to hear from you!

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

We are actively recruiting nurses, who have completed their Bachelor of Nursing, to join our dedicated teams supporting people across our region.

This New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) programme will give you the opportunity to follow various pathways within mental health, addiction and intellectual disability nursing.

Working with us you will:

  • have good opportunities for professional development and career progression
  • gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Mental Health or Intellectual Disability)
  • be offered a 72 hour a fortnight permanent contract and paid study leave to complete the academic requirements of the programme
  • have two rotations within MHAIDS which may include adult, youth, older adult, forensic, community, early intervention, intellectual disabilities, Māori mental health or Health Pasifika service.

For further information about NESP please contact:

Nikki Adams, nurse educator for NESP and Student Nurses, on 027 548 8853 or Nicola.adams@mhaids.health.nz; or

Menetta Te Aonui, nurse educator NESP and Māori Workforce Development, and service leader, on 027 683 9365 or menetta.te_aonui@mhaids.health.nz.

Clinical learning environment

This page is for nursing students coming to Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) on clinical placements. 

Here you'll find student orientation books and clinical information.

Preceptorship and supervision

The preceptor workshops integrate theory and practice and enables nurses to confidently fulfill their preceptor role through clinical teaching and assessment within their own area of practice.

Learn how you can provide preceptorship as part of your on-going practice certificate requirements.

Practice development

The Nursing and Midwifery Office (NAMO) leads and participates in several key quality and safety initiatives. Find resources about advance practice and nurse practitioner, falls prevention, and professional supervision.

Legislation, guidelines and senior nurse resources

This resource has been created to assist nurse and midwife educators in transitioning to their new role. We have used the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) and Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) competencies as the basis for all they do and for what they teach others. It has tools and links useful to educators and a free online course that forms the first step of learning requirements for their role.

Nurses and midwives welfare support

Wellington Hospital Nurses Benevolent Society

The Nurses Benevolent Society has more than 60 years history of assisting nurses and midwives who have been or are currently employed at Wellington Hospital. The society was established following the sale of a cottage in Days Bay, which was originally built as a nurses’ holiday and convalescent retreat. Our purpose is to provide monetary assistance in times of need. For more information or to apply for assistance, talk to a committee member or email nursesbenevolentsociety@gmail.com. Please see information sheet attached:

New Zealand Nurses Memorial Fund

The New Zealand Nurses Memorial Fund (NZNMF) was established in 1917 in memory of the 10 nurses lost in the sinking of the Marquette. A benevolent fund was established in their memory to give assistance to nurses who through sickness or old age were unable to persue thier nursing duties. The NZNMF has supported many nurses in times of financial hardship and emergencies and continues to do so 100 years later. For more information please refer to the two attachments below:

Who we are

Nursing and midwifery are committed to leading safe, effective and compassionate nursing and midwifery care and linking strategies to ensure the workforce can impact on reducing health inequalities across the health journey. To achieve this, the key focus for the nursing and midwifery leadership team is knowing, growing and engaging our workforce to make sure people get the right care at the right time in the right place.

Learn more about the Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Last updated 29 March 2022.