The 'nurse entry to specialist practice' (NeSP) programme provides a safe, supported environment in which a graduate nurse can transition to mental health nursing practice.

The programme is approved by Nursing Council New Zealand and funded by Te Pou Mental Health Workforce Development (Te Pou).

Key features

  • comprehensive orientation to Nelson Marlborough Health mental health services
  • programme focus: Whitireia Polytechnic Postgraduate Certificate Entry to Specialty Practice (Mental Health)
  • ongoing support from a prepared preceptor and senior clinical staff
  • clinical supervision
  • paid study leave to attend block courses at Whitireia Polytechnic – course fee paid, partial assistance with travel and accommodation costs.

Timeframes and the application process

We welcome your enquiries and are very happy to provide information relating to NetP opportunities at Nelson Marlborough Health.

All applications however must be made through the Nursing Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) website.

We offer three NeSP positions each year, starting in late January for 12 months. Positions are based at Nelson Hospital's Wahi Oranga mental health unit and participants may also negotiate a community mental health or addictions services placement. 

Contact details

For further information contact:

Christine Ball, Associate Director of Nursing - Mental Health and Addictions

Email: [email protected]