NETP Programme

 Lakes DHB has a long history of delivering graduate nurse programmes to newly registered nurses. Graduates are valued in terms of workforce development of nurses wanting to work with our unique population demographics.  Clinical placements are within hospital and community settings. Ongoing reviews of the programme over time ensure we continue to meet both the needs of the new graduate, the developing workforce and the community in which health care is delivered.

 The team at LDHB is here to support this vision and the New Graduate transition from a beginner practitioner to a competent practitioner 


Newly qualified registered nurses require a supportive learning environment to effectively transition from student practitioner to competent registered nurse.  Our programme builds on undergraduates education and experience using practical skills and critical thinking which are grounded in practice development reality.


The intention of the NETP programme at Lakes DHB is to facilitate the transition from student to competent registered nurse in a way that is both supportive and challenging and by providing a learning environment that:                                      

  • is based on Nursing Council requirements for competency
  • reflects the needs of the Lakes District Health Board population demographics
  • consolidates clinical skills
  • encourages critical thinking
  • links reflection to action
  • develops and supports decision making and workload management prioritisation
  • links nurses to professional development opportunities
  • is evidenced based
  • aids socialisation into the organisation
  • provides critical companionship
  • achieves competent level on Lakes DHB PDRP (Nursing Council New Zealand approved


The NETP programme is the first stepping stone in a nursing career entering as a beginner practitioner and finishing the programme as a competent nurse assessed against New Zealand Nursing Council Competencies.


The LDHB NETP reflects the nationally recognised NETP requirements.


  • It is run and overseen by LDHB
  • The program is run over 12 months. (In special circumstances the nurse can complete the program in 10 months if all requirements are met)
  • There is a maximum of two clinical placements / rotations within the duration of the programme
  • There are the equivalent of 12 group learning / study days (inclusive of a level 8 university accredited course)

There is an award of a Certificate of Achievement on successful completion of the course requirements – this is presented at the conclusion of the program.   NETP placement opportunities can be found throughout the provider arm of LDHB – in both generalist and specialist areas eg Emergency Department, Children’s Unit, Medical, Orthopaedic and Surgical – the list continues to expand as suitable placements are sourced. 


NETP also provides a supported first year of practice programme for graduate nurses employed in organisations outside the DHB provider arm (hospital) setting. Specifically, this  programme is for those organisations that are funded to provide clinical services via Ministry of Health (MoH) contracts or DHB planning and funding contracts. These organisations include:


  • Primary Health Care organisations
  • Aged residential care
  • Iwi/Maori providers
  • Non Government organisations (NGOs)
  • General Practice
  • Hospice Palliative Care


The NETP programme will be individualised to meet the needs of the new graduate and practice setting.  The programme will be developed with  the new graduate, practice setting and NETP team. The NETP programme will either include a post graduate paper relevant to the practice setting or other appropriate training i.e. immunisation certificate. 



Ma te whakatu, Ka Möhio

Ma te mohio, Ka marama

Ma te marama, Ka matau

Ma te matau, Ka ora


Once you are shown, you will know

Once you know, you will understand

Once you understand, you will have information

Once you have information, you will be knowledgeable


Pā Henare Tate



Cultural support provides mechanisms for Māori nurses and midwives to develop their clinical and cultural practice as Maori health practitioners through their training, enhancing the likelihood of Māori successfully completing post graduate papers and the NETP programme and would be achieved through kaupapa Māori principles of:

·         Te Ao Māori – Māori worldview

·         Matauranga Māori – Māori knowledge

·         Mohiotanga – Māori experiential learning

·         Pukenga – being skilled in, or having a repository of specific skills

·         Te Whiriwhiritanga – weaving together the strand