Nurse Entry to Practice Programme

Our Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) programme ensures a supported and secure beginning for nursing graduates, helping them to gain confidence in clinical practice. 

Graduate nurses are offered a permanent role within their chosen area, along with a structured 12-month programme that includes paid study and mentorship.

Pair of nurses stand side by side smiling at Rimutaka Prison

Mentorship & support

During the programme, each new graduate nurse is paired with a dedicated preceptor.

Preceptors are experienced registered nurses and mentors, offering pastoral care, ongoing teaching, and a nurturing environment.

Nurse sits at computer in healthcare centre

Paid study

Our graduate nurses can study a 30-point postgraduate paper that supports their development, fully funded by the department.

They also receive 12 days of paid study leave. The workload of new graduates is adjusted to accommodate dedicated study time.

Nurse at Waikeria is pictured smiling in a room in the Waikeria Prison Health Centre

Diverse clinical experience

Our graduates gain hands-on experience in our diverse facilities, providing the opportunity to be exposed to a broad range of patient presentations. They learn many new skills, while receiving mentorship and support.

Working as a nurse with us

Our nurses share what it's like working as a nurse with Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections). 

Why become a Corrections nurse?

What's it like working in a custodial environment?

What do you enjoy about the job?

What might surprise people about the role?

How safe is it?

Ready to apply?

If you're interested in joining our NETP programme, please apply through the ACE nursing website. We usually have two intakes per year, with the End of Year intake starting in January and the Mid-Year intake starting in September.

Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) candidates also apply through the ACE website, and have the same intake dates.

Want to learn more?

Check out our FAQ's below to learn more, or contact our nursing recruitment team directly - we'd love to help!


When are the assessment centre dates for 2024?

Our recruitment interviews and assessment centres will be held between the following dates for the 2024 intakes:

  • Mid-Year 2024​: 6th - 12th June 2024
  • End of Year 2024​: 10th - 16th October 2024

Are graduate nurses paid as part of the NETP?

Yes, and we also cover funds for a post-graduate paper. Our salaries align with Step 1 of the NZNO MECA standards. 

Should I also participate in the PDRP/Huarahi Whakatū?

Participation in the Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP), including Huarahi Whakatū for Māori Nurses, is strongly encouraged to further support your development.