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NETP/NESP Programs

NETP/NESP Programs

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About the NETP/NESP programs

Recruitment process for NETP/NESP graduates for the 2022 intake will be based on a dynamic BOPDHB specific matrix. This will include reference reviews with the primary preceptor / CNM or team representative from your final transition placement.   We will not be doing any formal interviews; however, we may do some phone/ zoom interviews. You will be notified directly if this is the case.  

Here at the BOPDHB we are interested in knowing how you will contribute to our organisational values, a little about why you have chosen the BOPDHB as your preferred option for your NETP year and why doing a NETP programme is important to you?   

We are developing the NETP programme for 2022 based on graduates qualitative and quantitative feedback in 2021.   

In part, this will consist of 12 professional development days that will  build on your undergraduate knowledge and experiences.

The NETP programme in 2022 will not include a formal post graduate paper.

The NESP  programme in 2022 will include completion of a post graduate certificate.  

Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) offers 12-month Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) and Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) placements across the district.

Our aim is to provide Graduate Nurses a time of transition within a supportive learning environment, where knowledge and clinical skills can be consolidated to enable New Graduates to practice confidently and safely within the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice.

We are looking for New Graduate nurses who share our Manaakitanga CARE values of Compassion, All-one-team, Responsive and Excellence. BOP DHB believes in nurses leading nursing and is an early leader in the implementation of Care Capacity Demand Management. We are also working towards being the first genuinely Te Tiriti led district health board, making movement towards this by adopting and endorsing the Te Toi Ahorangi 2030 strategy of Te Runanga Hauora Māori o Te Moana a Toi, a strategy developed with the local whanau, hapu, iwi and provider representatives.

Enrolled Nurse Supported-into Practice Programme (EN SIPP):

We also offer a 12-month programme for new enrolled nurses. The intakes and start dates for this are negotiable. Please apply via the ACE link and contact Robyn Boladeras for further information

Come and join us in the Bay of Plenty and you can enjoy:
  • A wide range of diversity in our patient population
  • Working a 0.8 FTE, allowing for focus on study and consolidation of learning
  • No nightshifts during your orientation months
  • Counselling is available through the Hospital funded Employer Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Low cost onsite gymnasium at both hospitals with an exciting range of classes
  • Cultural supervision is available  for graduates identifying as Māori or Pasifika
  • Supportive team with a dedicated clinical coach for new graduates
  • Access to wide range of evidence-based practice resources
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A range of placements available across services
  • High levels of employment in the DHB following the successful completion of new graduate year
  • Graduates who successfully complete the NETP requirements will be supported to apply for funding to commence their PG Certificate in their second year of practise
  • 12 dedicated study days with guaranteed release time for NETP
  • The NESP programme offers a PC certificate consisting of 2 level 8 papers through UOA funded by Te Pou
Our placements include:
  • Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospital
  • Nurse Entry to Specialty Programme (NESP) - Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • if you are interested in any of the following providers; Primary Care including Practice Nursing, Iwi Providers, School Nursing, Aged Residential Care or Hospice please contact us for further information.

Intakes commence January 2022 and February 2022

Tauranga Hospital
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Health in Ageing
  • Paediatrics
  • Emergency department
  • Special Care Baby Unit/ Post-natal
  • District nursing
  • Assessment planning unit
  • Medical Day stay unit
  • Outpatient department
  • Operating theatres
  • Pre assessment unit
  • Surgical admission unit
Whakatāne Hospital
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Outpatient department
  • Paediatrics
  • Acute Care unit (ICU)
  • Emergency department
  • Surgical admission unit
  • Operating theatre

We are motivated to your professional development, offering several learning opportunities through our clinical education team and a funded post graduate paper at the University of Auckland.

As a BOPDHB RN you will submit an e-Portfolio at RN Competent Level prior to completion of the programme. Resources including access to BOPDHB's e-Learning site are provided to support you to complete this.

Nurses who have completed or are in their final year of a NCNZ accredited Bachelor of Nursing to become a New Zealand Registered Nurse.


You will need to rank your preferred clinical areas and we will do our best to accommodate preferences with available placements.

Apply here via the ACE application portal (

Contact our NETP/NETSP coordinators

Robyn Boladeras
Nurse Coordinator NETP Programme
Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Anja Theron
Nurse Leader/NESP Coordinator
Bay of Plenty District Health Board