NETP/NESP Orientation

All graduates attend an orientation to Waikato DHB and to the NETP/NESP programme.

This is provided at the Waikato Hospital campus over the first five - seven working days, depending on which intake you are in. All graduates working in Waikato hospital, the rural hospitals, public health nursing or district nursing attend this orientation to ensure all graduates are well prepared to begin work in the clinical environment.


The orientation covers 

  • resuscitation training
  • manual handling of patients
  • medicines management
  • recognising the deteriorating patient
  • other mandatory training for DHB employees
  • preparation for NETP/NESP practice

NOTE: You will receive your uniforms and rosters during orientation. All other primary health care graduates will undertake an orientation to their new workplace which is provided by their employer.

Preceptors and clinical support

Each graduate has an assigned preceptor/s who has completed an approved training programme. Preceptors and other members of the clinical team work alongside graduates to support goal setting and opportunities for reflection. Graduates are also supported by the NETP/NESP educator , other nurse educators and the professional development unit team.

Graduates in rural hospitals are supported by preceptors and on site nurse educators. The Hamilton based NETP team also maintains contact via online ‘skype’ link, email and visits to rural areas.