Overview of the PDRP

​​​​​​​​​Overv​​iew

The Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) framework and criteria have been developed co-operatively by Canterbury District Health Board, West Coast District Health Board and NZNO Representatives to achieve the following purposes:

  • To advance professional development in nursing;
  • To support nurses in demonstrating competency to the Nursing Council of New Zealand; and
  • To fulfil obligations negotiated under the NZNO Nurses’ NZNO Nurses' MECA.

This programme aims to promote and reward nursing expertise and recognise the contribution of nurses to quality patient health outcomes.

The PDRP assessment criteria have been developed to align with the national framework and evidential requirements April 2017. You will find this document HERE

Be​​nefits Of Participating in PDRP

  • ​Excemption from NCNZ recertification audit
  • Nurses covered by NZNO Nurses MECA can also receive financial rewards at Proficent, Accomplished/Expert Levels
  • Senior Nurses choosing to participate on the programme will not receive any financial reward however will be excempt from recertification audit.​

The Competen​t Registered Nu​rse

​PDRP Application Level HERE

This is the entry level to the PDRP programme for those staff already in clinical practice. Competent level can be achieved through successful completion of:

  • NetP Programme (mandatory portfolio completion by end of programme)
  • Specialty Entry Mental Health Programme (mandatory portfolio completion by end of programme)
  • Or, if a practising registered nurses chooses to apply at this level

The Competen​t Enrolled Nu​rse

PDRP Application Level HERE

This is the entry level to the PDRP programme for enrolled nurses already in clinical practice. Competent level can be achieved through successful completion of a portfolio.

The Profi​cient Regist​​ered/Enrolled Nurse

PDRP Application Level HERE​

A nurse achieving Proficient level will receive an allowance (as per organisation) as long as he/she maintains the level of practice.

For external organisational information on levels of practice payment, refer to your PDRP Coordinator.

For level of practice requirements please see the level of practice definitions

You will locate them here 

The Expert/Accomplished Nurse

​PDRP Application Level HERE

A nurse achieving Expert/Accomplished level will receive an allowance (as per organisation) as long as he/she maintains the level of practice.

For external organisational information on levels of practice payment, refer to your PDRP Coordinator.

For level of practice requirements please see the level of practice definitions


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Page last reviewed: 15 May 2018
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