NetP Programme Overview

The NetP Programme builds on the clinical reasoning, decision making and leadership skills that are gained in undergraduate Nursing programmes across New Zealand.


The NETP programme has two intakes per year starting in January and September.

If you require any information regarding our programme, we are more than happy to be contacted on 03 3378776 or
However for each NetP intake all NetP programme applications will be made through the Nursing Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) website. 

Full details on this application process can be found on the ACE website

The following information is further clarified in the NetP Learning Framework which can be found under the January or September Intake.

Theoretical Component

The Theoretical Component forms a core foundation of the NetP programme supporting the clinical application and use of knowledge gained during undergraduate nursing degree studies:

  • It is composed of the equivalent of 12 group learning study days.

  • This is inclusive of 5 generic NetP nursing orientation study days: a Level 700 CPIT graduate certificate paper and additional NetP study days

  • Teaching methodology includes presentations, skill based sessions and scenario training to extend health assessment skills, clinical knowledge and critical analysis abilities.

Theoretical Component Assessments

CPIT graduate certificate paper

The NetP office will enrol you onto one CPIT course as part of the theoretical component of the NetP programme. This is comprised of either a 3-day or a 5-day study block (dependent on clinical placement) and formal assignment work.

The aim of the level 700 courses is to build on clinical skills to help develop clinical reasoning and decision making skills within the practice setting. Graduates are automatically enrolled into one of these courses by their NetP programme contact in conjunction with the graduate's line manager.

Assessing the Acutely Unwell Child

Course Code: GCCA700

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities for Registered Nurses to extend their knowledge and skills in the assessment of children with acute health alteration and to integrate their knowledge of normal processes and pathophysiology to nursing practice. On completion of the course students will be able to undertake a focused assessment on a child and critically apply this knowledge to practice.

Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Patient

Course Code: GCRA700

To provide students with the opportunity to further develop the clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills required in the identification and assessment of acute deterioration in adult health status. The learning experiences provided will enable students to reflect upon and evaluate the relationships between physiology, pathophysiology, clinical assessment and their own nursing practice.

Assessment in Aged Care

Course Code: GCAA700
The aim of this course is to provide Registered Nurses with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of assessment processes within the domain of aged care. This course examines best practice evidence-based guidelines relating to assessment of the older person. Knowledge gained will assist the student to assess normal age related change, recognize abnormal findings and determine risk factors in order to better determine client needs. On completion of the course the student will be able to undertake a comprehensive aged care assessment and critically apply this knowledge to their nursing practice with the intent of achieving optimum wellness and quality of life outcomes for older people.

CPIT Diabetes and Wound Care Courses - may be utilised for some NetP Registered Nurses.

Policy Critique

You will be required to select an organisational policy relevant to your clinical placement and determine its validity through evidence based research. As part of this process, you will discuss your choice with your nursing line manager.

Case Study Presentation

You will be required to carry out a case study demonstrating assessment skills, clinical reasoning and evidence based research. The case study is then presented in a group setting on a study day for assessment.

Referencing Your Policy Critique and Case Presentation

Within the NetP programme we require you to reference your work with APA (American Psychological Association) 6th Edition style.  This referencing is to be used for the policy critique and case presentation assessments.  Within both of these assessments a percentage of your outcome marks are assigned to correct referencing in text and within reference list.  APA referencing sites are available on line. 

NETP RN PDRP Portfolio Development

The NetP RN will be required to submit a professional nursing portfolio for assessment near the end of the NetP programme providing evidence of critical reflection on own clinical practice, demonstrating self-awareness, evidence based practice and health assessment skills within the RN scope of practice from NCNZ .

On successful completion of the NETP programme the NetP Registered Nurse will be assessed by the CDHB and WCDHB as having achieved compentent level in the PDRP framework.

PDRP Guidelines and Consent Forms:

See PDRP Forms and Templates that have been developed to assist you in providing evidence of your practice.​


Additional learning packages

 As part of the orientation period to the NetP programme and the clinical placements, core competency training and local competency packages need to be completed.

DHB employer core nursing competency training includes IV Certification and Fluid and Medication management, Emergency procedure training,  and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.  All NetP RN's please see your relevant NetP Learning Framework for additional learning package requirements.  

 Submission Process

  • Documentation is to be submitted to the CDHB NetP Office Administrator. For West Coast NetP RN's please submit your documentation to the office of the Grey Hospital Associate Director of Nursing.  This includes assessment work e.g. policy critiques, goals and PDRP portfolios.

  • Submission of assessment requirements for CPIT papers are managed by CPIT.

  • Due dates are listed in the NetP programme calendar for your intake. Late submission of work will be penalised.

  • If you are unable to submit by the due date, you must formally apply for an extension.  Please note that extensions are only granted when there are clear reasons or mitigating circumstances. Last minute applications are strongly discouraged.

  • Any piece of work you submit for any assessment that is identified as containing plagiarised material will automatically receive 0%. Disciplinary measures may follow, which could include failure to graduate from the programme. When including work from other sources, appropriate referencing must be included using APA format (6th Edition).

  • You have the right to appeal any decision made on assessed work. There is a formal Appeals process and a NetP Appeals Notification Form. Refer to Forms and Templates page.

Clinical Component

A maximum of two clinical placements/rotations is specified within the NETP programme. Specialty areas may have a one year clinical placement.

The programme runs for 13 months with a requirement for a minimum of 1100 clinical hours to be completed by graduates from the Canterbury & West Coast Region NETP programme.

Clinical Load Sharing (previously called Supernumerary) are utilised during the orientation period (normally 20 days for the first placement and 10 days for the second placement; for 12 month placements the full amount is normally taken at commencement but some flexibility is possible).

Mandatory Canterbury and West Coast Region NetP Programme Completion Criteria

To complete the programme successfully the participants will:

  • Develop and submit a Professional Portfolio to competent level on the PDRP – providing evidence of critical reflection on own clinical practice, demonstrating self-awareness, evidence based practice and health assessment skills

  • Complete a minimum of 1200 clinical hours – recorded on your performance appraisal form

  • Complete clinical speciality orientation/induction packages for clinical placement(s)

  • Attend a minimum of 85% of the theory component of the programme (e.g. study days). It is vital that you attend your assigned CPIT paper as these are not offered within the year again. It is our expectation that if you are unable to attend these study days the NetP Administration Assistant and the NetP Educator is notified

  • Obtain IV Certification (if relevant)

  • Complete CDHB or West Coast DHB Organisational competencies which includes – Emergency Procedures and CPR
  • Have completed with your preceptor a Goal Setting Form (3 and 6 months), and a Performance Appraisal with all goals being achieved or formulated into new goals

  • Attend and successfully complete the allocated graduate level CPIT course

  • Presentation of a Case Study to peers using adult teaching principles. Assessed by trained assessor to achieved level and included in portfolio. The pass mark is 60%

  • Submission of a Policy Critique assessed by trained assessor to achieved level. The pass mark is 60%

  • Successful completion of a Competent Level Portfolio on the PDRP

  • Overall passing of the NetP Programme is dependent on successfully achieving all programme requirements.

Cultural Support

Cultural supervision may take place on a one to one basis or as part of the group. Should you wish to access this additional support, please liaise with directly with the Coordinator of the relevant NetP programme.

Maori Support

The NetP programme is committed to supporting nurses who identify as Māori  to confidently walk in both Māori and non-Māori/western worlds. We acknowledge and endorse the Tauira Māori Nursing Placement Guideline for Māori Health Services (2011) which states that the Māori likely to draw upon western and Māori knowledge and understandings of well being and treatment, and have cognisance of traditional iwi based society and a contemporary view of social and cultural diversity, as well as nursing knowledge and theory, partnership and responsiveness in terms of community and provider interactions.

There is specific support available for new graduate nurses with whakapapa and cultural links to whānau, hapu and iwi. This support is for the purpose of mentoring, cultural supervision and cultural development.

Pacific People's support

The NetP programme is committed to supporting new graduate nurses who identify as Pacific Peoples descent.
There is specific support available for new graduate nurses who have established cultural links to the Pacific Peoples communities. This support is for the purpose of mentoring, cultural supervision and cultural development.  


A certificate of achievement and a NETP programme medal are awarded on successful completion of all components of the NETP programme. This is done as part of a formal NETP graduation ceremony held by the CDHB and their partnering organisations.

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