We’re thrilled you may be considering our graduate nursing programme.

We offer you:

  • Unparalleled professional development as we are the largest teaching hospital, only specialist children’s hospital and largest clinical facility in New Zealand

  • We're home to 19 specialist services treating patients from within our district as well as across New Zealand.

  • We offer new graduate Nurses a permanent role within their chosen department and a structured ten month Programme

  • Provide on-going professional development and support.

  • Nurse educators based on every ward, who’s role is promoting, facilitating and providing training and education to maximise health care delivery, enhance patient outcomes, and promote clinical excellence and evidenced-based professional nursing practice.

  • We encourage and support continuation of postgrad study

  • Preceptorship training

  • PDRP progression

  • Maori and Pacifika cultural supervision and support and increasing Maori and Pasikifa new graduates, to better reflect the populations we serve and continue to work to improve health equity

  • Salaries inline with Step 1 NZNO MECA

  • 12 days paid study leave and post grad papers at no cost for New Zealand Citizens

  • We're growing our nursing workforce at Auckland DHB


 Auckland District Health Board offers both Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) and New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) graduate training programmes for the new graduate nurses coming via the National ACE nursing process.

This is a great place to launch your nursing career giving you the opportunity for you to do your life’s best work.

Our Programme

Nurse Entry to Practice

Clinical practice acquired through working clinically with the Registered Nurses scope of practice in your chosen field.

Preceptorship: each new grad is allocated a preceptor who will provide teaching and coaching throughout your entire programme.

Academic component: while gaining the clinical practical experience, graduates will also participate in mandatory theoretical study.

Nurses and midwives are at the heart of the healthcare sector. We make up more than
3,480 full-time positions at Auckland DHB and are the largest workforce our organisation employs.

We therefore have a wide variety of specialisms and areas you can choose from for your work place options, which are;

Adult Health: Aged Residential Care, reablement, medical, surgical, emergency and trauma, intensive care and high dependency, blood and cancer, district nursing, perioperative, primary health care, cardiac care (coronary care), public health nursing and women’s health.

Child Health: Neonates (NICU), paediatric intensive care, medical, surgical, orthopaedics, cardiac, blood and cancer, children’s emergency and community child health.

Mental Health and Addictions

New Entry to Specialist Practice

Graduate nurses wanting to practice in Mental Health, can join through New Entry to Speciality Practice (NESP).

Intake dates: The NESP program takes new graduates in February and September

Length of program: Just as with NetP, both our programs are 10 months. After successful completion of the program graduates remain working with Auckland DHB as a permanent registered nurse

Clinical Practice: Graduates are employed into permanent positions to a practice setting in the community or inpatient areas. During their new graduate year they will have an extensive 3-4 week orientation and have the opportunity to spend some time at another area to gain experience to complement their practice

Academic competent: During the 10 month NESP program the graduates will complete two post grad papers through the University of Auckland to complete a Post Grad certificate in Mental Health. This will include 16 paid university days and professional supervision

Preceptorship- remains the same and there is cultural support for Maori and Pacific new grads

All nursing graduates need to apply via ACE (https://nursing.acenz.net.nz) for further information including application opening dates and eligibility requirements, take a look at their website.