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January 2021 Cohort Formal

NETP 2021 Cohort

Building Your Career – Counties Manukau Health is committed to making our graduate nurses feel supported.  Our senior nurses and preceptors have all been where you are.  They know the organisation inside out and understand the challenges and opportunities.

The support offered on our programmes allows you to focus on integrating into the nursing profession from a student to a Registered Nurse.  You will be offered new clinical experiences in a supportive environment that will grow your confidence, knowledge, skills, and career.

Our NETP programme consists of three components:

  • Clinical, 12-month placement
  • Academic, postgraduate paper/s
  • Level 2 Competent PDRP (Performance Development Recognition Programme

Clinical Experience Areas

Within the DHB settings:

  • Adult Rehabilitation and Health of the Older Person (ARHOP) including:
  • Inpatient wards, Auckland Regional Spinal Unit and District Nursing
  • Critical Care Complex (ICU/HDU)
  • Emergency Department
  • Gynaecology Care Unit
  • Kidz First Children’s Hospital: Medical and Surgical inpatient wards
  • Kidz First Speciality Placements: Neonatal Care, Public Health Nursing
  • Medical Services including: Radiology, Cardiology (ward and coronary care unit), Gastroenterology, Respiratory, Endocrinology, Renal, Haematology, Stroke
  • National Burns Centre
  • Perioperative Care (Pre-Op, Admission and Discharge Unit, Operating Theatres, Recovery)
  • Surgical Services including: General Surgery, Vascular, Colorectal, Orthopaedic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Elective Surgery Centre & Ambulatory Care

Community settings:

  • Aged Residential Care
  • Primary Health Care including: General Practice, Accident and Medical Centres, Totara Hospice and Corrections

NETP Placement:

Counties Manukau Health has two NETP intakes each year in January and September. If nursing vacancies allow, there could also be a May intake which will be communicated via the ACE website.

The exact number of positions in the NETP Programme is dependent on vacancies across the organisation therefore we cannot predict the exact numbers for the intake. We estimate that there will be 50 positions available in the September 2022 intake and these positions will be across the range of practice settings on offer via ACE Nursing.


Our NETP programme supports new graduate nurses across Counties Manukau Health and extends to those employed in community settings such as GP practices, Primary Health Organisations, and Aged Residential Care facilities. Click here (PDF, 885 KB) to read the full outline of the NETP programme.

At Counties Manukau Health we are committed to making graduate nurses feel supported. The NETP team includes a Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Educator and four Clinical Coaches who work closely with the senior nursing staff in all clinical areas to support the graduate nurse throughout the duration of their first year of practice.

Each graduate nurse will also be assigned a preceptor(s) who has completed an approved training programme. Preceptors and other members of the clinical team, work alongside graduate nurses to enhance clinical skill and knowledge, as well as support goal setting and opportunities for reflective practice.

Application and Recruitment Process:

Placements on NETP within Counties Manukau Health will be identified and determined as part of the ACE (Advanced Choice of Employment) National Recruitment Process. Further information regarding ACE is available at

Assessment Centres for DHB Placements:

Our recruitment process includes “Assessment Centres” which involve a two-step process:

  • Group scenario
  • Behavioural Based Interview

Assessment Centres are generally scheduled to take place over a number of weeks approximately two weeks after the ACE application rounds close in April and September.

If you change your contact details once you have submitted your application, please email us directly so that we know how to get in contact with you.

Positions offered at Counties Manukau Health are permanent offers of employment to the organisation.  The clinical area of employment may be subject to change following NETP year dependant on clinical need.

Offers of employment will be sent out via email after the ACE notification process is complete.

Placements within Primary Health or Aged Residential Care settings can occur as below:

  1. The graduate nurse identifies in their cover letter, via the ACE National Recruitment Process, a desire to work in the Primary Health/Aged Residential Care setting and gives the NETP Coordinator at Counties Manukau Health permission to pass on their application to potential employers.
  2. The graduate nurse applies for a position directly with the Primary Health/Aged Residential Care setting employer and identifies to the employer that they wish to participate in the NETP Programme. The employer can then contact the NETP Coordinator for further information. Graduate Nurses MUST have also applied via the ACE National Recruitment Process to be eligible.

Note: Offers of employment in Aged Residential Care or Primary Care may be either fixed term or permanent offers.

Graduate Nurse Salary:

For DHB graduates, in accordance with national MECA


As of 06/09/2021


After 8pm 
1.25 $/hr

1.5 $/hr

Statutory days
2 $/hr

Step one






Start dates and Orientation:

We offer a two-week non-clinical orientation to support graduates nurse to complete all of the non-clinical orientation tasks before you join the clinical environment. This programme includes online learning, basic life support, mindfulness training, medication safety workshops, and resilience and wellbeing content.

The start dates for 2022 are:

  • 21 February
  • 2 May
  • 5 September

Post Graduate Papers Undertaken by Graduate Nurses:

Adult Stream:

  • University of Auckland N770, Clinical Practice Development

Paediatric Stream:

  • Auckland University of Technology HEAL 824, Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning.

Contact details for more information:

NETP - please email Kim Dittmer, NETP Coordinator ( or 021 924 758.


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