Nursing Entry To Practice (NETP)

As a nurse graduate your first year of practice marks the transition from student to competent Registered Nurse. We recognise how vital this year is to your development.

On our programme, you will be working with experienced nurses and senior clinicians who will support you in your first year of practice. At Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury we are big enough to offer variety and opportunities and small enough to maintain a close cohesive programme that supports your individual needs.

What we offer

Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury has an excellent reputation as a teaching hospital with support and guidance provided by our dedicated Learning Hub.  We offer:

  • Two intakes per year; one commencing mid January and the mid year programme commencing late August
  • 10-12 positions for the January intake;  1-6  for the mid year intake
  • An extensive range of health services offering exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences
    • January programme may include positions in Surgical, Medical,  Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Operating Theatre, Paediatrics, Day Patient Services, District Nursing, ICU/CCU, Emergency Department, Aged Care, Primary Care and Hospice
    • Mid year placements may include positions in Surgical, Medical and AT&R
  • Structured orientation including an initial period of 4 weeks supernumerary supported by an experienced preceptor
  • Commitment to your on-going education through 12 paid study days designed to meet your learning needs and support you in your clinical placement.
Hear from our past NETP participants
What is Nurse Entry to Specialty Practice (NESP)?

In conjunction with Te Whatu Ora Southern, we also offer up to two positions in a post graduate programme for New Graduate Registered Nurses to work in the specialty of mental health. This 56 week programme aims to develop your professional practice in specific skills required for the specialty field of mental health and addiction nursing. Those entering the programme are employed within our Mental Health Services and are required to complete a post graduate certificate in Mental Health Nursing. There are no positions offered for NESP in the mid year intake.

How do I apply?

We warmly welcome new graduates to apply via the Nursing Advanced Choice for Employment (ACE) website . At this site you will be able to apply online and access comprehensive information to help you through the application process.

How does your intake work?

If your application is successful you will be offered a position within our programme which runs over 56 weeks commencing mid January and late August. All applications for both the NETP and NESP programmes must be made through the Nursing ACE website.

What is your eligibility criteria?

Our eligibility criteria are aligned with the Health Workforce New Zealand specifications.  More information can be found at


Megan Stark, Nurse Educator – NETP
Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury 
Private Bag 911, Timaru, 7910, New Zealand
Phone: 03 687 2358