• About the ACE process

    ACE stands for Advanced Choice of Employment; it is a collaborative graduate recruitment process that assists graduate Nurses to find their first job in a NETP or NESP programme across New Zealand. ACE allows graduates to apply and provide their application documentation through one centralised point. This process will allow all employers (up to 3 preferences for each application), to review their applicants and then interview those applicants that match their organisations employment criteria.

    Following the employer selection process, employers provide ACE with a list of their preferred applicants. Finally the ACE process uses a computer algorithm to best match the applicant’s preference with the employer’s preference ensuring that graduates only receive one job offer and ensuring the maximum number of graduates will receive job offers during the graduate intake round. There is a strong expectation that these job offers will be accepted as any match job offer that is rejected will see that graduate removed from the current intake and subsequent talent pool for that intake.

    Please note that although ACE is the only way you are able to apply for a Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) or New Entry to Specialty Practice (NESP) Mental Health & Addiction Nursing position, you are able to apply directly to employers for Registered Nurse positions and any other clinical positions not associated with an entry to practice programme. You can login to Kiwi Health Jobs or any DHB career websites to search for current vacancies.

  • How do I apply through ACE?

    New Applicants

    You can register and create a profile on the ACE website at any stage, this information can be updated outside of the time applications are open. Once applications for the End of Year 2017 intake open on the 16th August 2017 you will then be able to access the application form and attach your required documents. It is expected that you will need to pay several visits to the website between the 16th August and 12th September 2017 before you fully complete your application. Please note, to review dates for the End of Year intake please see the 2017 Intake Dates section.

    When you register, you will create an individual password which will allow only you to return and work on your application. For full instructions on how to complete your application please see the Application Guide in the ACE Resources section.

    It is a good idea to regularly log in and review your checklist to ensure your documents and references have been uploaded. Once uploaded correctly, a tick will appear next to that category in your ACE checklist. Once all documents and references have been successfully uploaded, your checklist will automatically show your status as complete.

    Re-applications

    All applicants wishisg to re-apply and who still meet the eligibility criteria must login to the ACE nursing website with their existing user name and password. On the right hand panel you will see 'Applications for Nursing are open' start your new application. All re-applicants need to click and commence their application as though applying for the first time.

    Your previous referee details will be retained in your new application. If you would like to change referees, please contact ACE on 0800 223 236. A new reference request with unique ID will be sent to the referee outlining the next steps and the reference due date. Your referee must complete your reference report form by the time applications close. Your previous certified academic transcript will be uploaded to your new application. If there are additions to your results since you last application, you can upload this new transcript. Note only academic transcripts that meet the requirements outlined in the application requirements section of the site will be able to be attached to your application.

    To check the eligibility criteria and the full ACE Nursing process further, please see the Application Guide in the ACE Resources section. If you have further questions about re-applying, or about the talent pool, you should contact ACE to discuss this further 0800 223 236 or nursing@acenz.net.nz.

  • What if I want to work in a Private Surgical Hospital?

    With the exception of Southern Cross Hospitals, you cannot apply for positions with private employers through the ACE programme. You will need to apply directly to the private surgical hospital you wish to work for to be considered for positions with them. 

  • Applying to Southern Cross Hospitals

    How do I preference Southern Cross Hospitals as a preferred employer?

    When completing your ACE application you will be asked to preference the employer(s) you wish to apply to. Southern Cross Hospitals regions will show as options in the drop down box along with the DHBs taking part in the intake. Southern Cross Hospitals will be separated into 5 regions to include Auckland, Midlands, New Plymouth, Central and Southern and each region will cover multiple sites. For more information about which sites in each region will be participating in the intake please see Southern Cross Hospitals website or the Vacancy and Positions Information section of the ACE Website.

    What practice settings should I preference as part of my application if I am interested in working for Southern Cross Hospitals?

    Southern Cross Hospitals will only be offering a NETP programme. If you are interested in a NESP position you will need to do your research on which DHBs have NESP vacancies for the intake. Southern Cross Hospitals will offer positions in Perioperative and Surgical practice settings. These practice settings are available to select in the drop down section of your application in the preferences section. If you are interested in working for the Southern Cross Hospitals, you should choose Perioperative and/or Surgical options depending on your interests. 

    If I preference one of Southern Cross Hospitals regions where will I get a job?

    There are 5 regions you can choose from - Auckland, Midlands, New Plymouth, Central and Southern but as these regions cover more than one hospital, you need to be flexible with your location. You may be offered a job in any hospital within that region. If you choose Southern Cross Hospitals as an employer preference and are invited for an interview, this is something you could discuss with the interview panel. If you are only able to work at one site within the region you should specifically mention this in your cover letter to Southern Cross Hospitals.

    How many vacancies will Southern Cross Hospitals have for the Mid-Year intake?

    Like the DHBs, these will be posted on Southern Cross Hospitals website approximately at the time applications open from the 16th of August 2017. These may only be an indication but will give you some idea on numbers.

    Southern Cross Hospitals region breakdown:

    Auckland

    • North Harbour
    • Brightside
    • Auckland Surgical Centre
    • Gillies Hospital
    • Ormiston Hospital (JV)

    Midlands

    • Hamilton
    • Rotorua
    • Grace Hospital (JV)

    New Plymouth

    • New Plymouth 

    Central

    • Crest Hospital
    • Wellington
    • Manuka Street Hospital (JV)

    Southern

    • Christchurch
    • Invercargill

    *JV refers to joint venture hospitals

    Where can I find more information regarding Southern Cross Hospitals NETP Programme?

    You can visit Southern Cross Hospitals website for more information or contact the NETP co-ordinator:

    Carolyn Stewart - New Graduate RN Programme Co-ordinator

     

  • Am I able to have a later start date?

    From 2016 onwards, applicants who are sitting their state final exam outside of the usual time (July or November) will be eligible to apply via ACE. Note that in these cases, applicants are considered ‘late start’ applicants. These applicants are required to clearly state within their application the date they intend to sit their state exam, employers will then consider these applicants for a position commencing AFTER they sit their state exam.

    Employer programme commencement dates will vary. While ACE indicates these dates within the ACE application form, employer's dates will vary. ACE recommends speaking directly with the employers you wish to work for to confirm these dates.

  • Eligibility for Australian Citizen's who have studied their BN degree in NZ

    Australian Citizens are eligible to apply to ACE Nursing however they do not meet the Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) criteria for a funded NETP or NESP position.

    If you are an Australian Citizen and do not hold Permanent Resident Visa, your employer will not be automatically eligible for Health Workforce NZ funding. However, if successfully employed via ACE your position could be funded directly by your employer, or your employer could apply to HWNZ for an exemption to the residency status policy for trainee funding. For more information about the HWNZ exception to residency policy, please click here.

    Consult the Immigration NZ website to find out if you are eligible to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa

    Graduates that do not meet these basic ACE criteria should apply directly to individual employers for private positions. We recommend checking the Job Search page on the Kiwi Health Jobs website as a first point to see which employers may be looking for registered nurse and also by checking the career web pages of each DHB. 

    For further information about Permanent Resident Visa's please click here. For further information about Health Workforce NZ funded positions and FTE requirements please click here and navigate to the link 2/B46.

  • 2017 Key Intake Dates

    See the 2017 Intake Dates section for the intake specific timeline information.

  • What is the last date I can update my application?

    Applications for the End of Year 2017 intake close at 5pm on Tuesday 12th September 2017. However you can make changes to your DHB preferences at any time up to 5pm Friday 3rd November 2017 by emailing the ACE Consultant at nursing@acenz.net.nz. Similarly, you can update your contact details at any time by logging into your ACE Profile.

  • What if I don’t get my application in before the closing date?

    If your application is not completed by the closing date it will be assumed that you are not applying for a position through ACE. If you are not a part of the ACE matching process you will have to wait until the process is complete and apply directly to employer(s) for any Registered Nursing vacancies. Unless you are an ACE applicant, you are unlikely to be eligible for a position on a NETP programme.

  • When will I hear about the outcome of my application?

    Employment offers for the End of Year 2017 intake will be sent out by employers on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

  • What information will I need to supply to create a fully completed application?

    Please download the Applicant Guide which is available from the ACE Nursing Resources section of the ACE website and follow the step-by-step instructions which will include the information you need to complete.

    • Online ACE application form. 
    • Two references 1 from a Clinical Tutor and 1 from a Nurse Preceptor or Nurse Educator. 
    • Completed CV – you are welcome to follow your own format, or use our standard template which you can download from the ACE Nursing Resources section of the ACE website. 
    • Obtain an official certified or verified copy of your academic transcripts from your School of Nursing. 
    • Depending on your residency status
      • New Zealand Citizens: The photo page of New Zealand Passport plus New Zealand Tertiary Student Identification Card or New Zealand Driver’s License
      • For New Zealand Citizens in lieu of a New Zealand Passport, ACE will accept a New Zealand Citizenship Certificate or New Zealand Full Birth Certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number
      • Australian Citizens: The photo page of Australian Passport plus New Zealand Tertiary Student Identification Card or New Zealand Driver’s License
      • Permanent Resident Visa Holders: The photo page of an Overseas Passport plus the relevant Visa Document plus New Zealand Tertiary Student Identification Card or New Zealand Driver’s License
    • Cover Letters – Uploading at least 1 cover letter is mandatory and you can address a single cover letter to all of your ranked employers (up to 3) OR you can upload a different cover letter for each employer you rank. 
  • What should I include in a cover letter?

    You are encouraged to communicate with and do some research on the employers that you have chosen to apply to. Information about your employers can be found by researching their career websites and asking key people in the organisation questions about their organisation. From this information you will come to understand that each employer has specific areas of practice that may be of interest to you. Some of these areas will be similar to other employers, some will be different and specific to that employer and the region that they cover; therefore, each cover letter should be very specific for the employer that you are interested in applying to. Cover letters should never be more than 1 page long appx 330 words. You should include:

    1. Brief introduction
    2. Brief summary of your skills and abilities: You should clearly communicate your nursing philosophy to your prospective employers.
    3. Your main reasons for choosing each employer: You should first clearly state your main reasons for choosing that employer as one of your preferred places to work. Tell each employer why you are interested in a NETP or NESP position at that organisation and what you can offer them. Note that employers cannot see the order in which you've ranked them. We recommend you pay close attention when writing your cover letters and ensure that you are not addressing them to the incorrect employer. Your application will not seriously be considered if you are applying to Whanganui DHB and yet you are talking about why you want to work for Lakes DHB.
    4. Practice settings: You can also choose up to 3 practice areas or specialties that you are interested to work in, and again there will be some differences in practice settings offered across the 3 employers that you have selected. For each employer you've selected, you should make every effort to include the full reasons why you have chosen your areas of clinical practice and why you have set these in your order of 1/2/3. Employers will be able to see your choices of specialty in the order you have selected them. If you are highly focused on gaining a position in your first chosen specialty area, you should say so. If you would be happy working in any one of your 3 choices, again you should note that on your cover letters. Please be aware that employers may offer you an interview in a practice setting that you did not select. It is recommended that you do not decline an interview in this case, but you should discuss this in further depth with the employer.
    5. Finally, include any other details that you think are relevant to your application for a NETP or NESP position.

    You should also consider who you address your cover letter's to, our recommendations are as follows:

    You should address your generic cover letter to:

    Dear NetP Coordinator,

     

    Kind Regards,

    Applicant

    Each individual employer cover letter should be addressed to:

    Employer DHB

    Dear NetP Coordinator, (Employer names can be found in the employer information section).

     

    Kind Regards,

    Applicant

    ACE recommends addressing the letter to the NETP coordinator directly and include the full address of the organisation at the top left of your cover letter. This small attention to detail will signal to the coordiantor that you are taking the time to address them individually. You can find an up to date version of their details in our employer information section. Remember to conclude your cover letter by thanking them for considering your application and leave all of your current contact information.

  • Do I need to insert a photo in my CV?

    No. However you can add a photo to your CV or cover letter if you wish. ACE recommends that your photo be professional and be about the size of a passport photo.

  • Do I need to have my documents certified?

    Yes. Your residency documents such as your passport, drivers licence, birth certificate, residency or citizenship certificates must be certified prior to uploading them to your application. These documents can be certified by a Justice of the Peace, Police Officer, Court Registrar or Lawyer.

    Your official transcript sent to you by your Tertiary Education Provider need to either be certified (as above) or verified by the faculty at your Tertiary Education Provider.

  • What if my Passport has expired?

    ACE will still accept an expired passport as it still provides proof of citizenship. Usually this would not have expired more than 5 years ago.

  • I have a criminal conviction from over 8 years ago does the Clean Slate Act apply to me?

    All applicants will be asked to declare whether they have been convicted including discharged without conviction as a result of criminal charges in New Zealand or any other country. Under NZ law, employers are able to conduct police vetting checks on all successful applicants who accept a position. Please follow the link for information about the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2014. Prior to employment the employer will ask the applicant to sign a “consent to disclosure” form allowing the police to release all information about that individual. For more information go to the NZ Legislation website. 

    Some applicants will also be required to complete police vetting as part of the safety checking process under the Vulnerable Children Act (2014). If you are applying for a position working with children it is suggested you review the legislation regarding the act.

  • New Entry to Specialty Practice (NESP) Mental Health & Addiction Nursing Programme

    You can apply to both NETP and NESP programmes through ACE and you can apply for primary care, aged residential care and community care positions through ACE and if you are interested in a Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) position, remember to mention this in your cover letter! 

    To apply for NESP, you would simply rank Mental Health and Addictions as a practice setting preference as NESP relates purely to the Mental Health & Addiction Nursing Programme. NETP therefore covers all the remaining 15 practice setting specialties. So to apply to both NETP and NESP you would rank Mental Health PLUS one or two other specialties. To apply to NESP only, you would just rank MH&A and leave the other two practice setting options blank, and to apply to NETP only, you would NOT rank MH&A.

    You should know that employers work in partnership with other employers in primary care, aged residential care and community providers to recruit new graduates so if you rank one of these practice settings the employer will forward your applications to those facilities.

  • Primary Health Care Positions

    Primary Health Care positions include the following:

    • Practice Nursing
    • GP Clinics
    • Accident & Medical Centres
    • Iwi Providers
    • Pacific Providers
    • School Nursing
    • Well Child Tamariki Ora providers (e.g. Plunket)
    • NGO's
    • Hospice

    As part of your application you will be asked to select up to 3 preferences of practice settings or specialties. Within the list of specialties, you will see a specific option available Primary Health Care and you should select this as one of your 3 preferences in the order which you would like to have your application considered. In your Cover Letter you can give more detail about the exact primary care setting you would like to work in and employers will work with local primary health care providers to identify potential employment opportunities for new graduates. During your interview, which is arranged by the employer, you will be given an opportunity to discuss in more detail the exact practice settings available within that employer and which of these you feel you are best suited to. If primary health care providers advertise for new graduate registered nurse positions you can still apply for these directly to them, outside ACE.

  • Aged Residential Care Positions

    As part of your application you will be asked to select up to 3 preferences of practice settings or specialties. Within the list of specialties available you will see a specific option available Aged Residential Care and you should select this as one of your 3 preferences, in the order in which you would like to have your application considered. In your Cover Letter you can give more detail about the exact aged residential care setting you would like to work in and employers will work with local aged residential care providers to identify potential employment opportunities for new graduates. During your interview you will be given an opportunity to discuss in more detail the exact practice settings available within that employer’s area and which of these you feel you are best suited to. If aged residential care providers advertise for new graduate registered nurse positions you can still apply for these directly to them, outside ACE.

  • Practice Settings Preferences

    Preference Selection

    As part of your application you’ll also nominate up to 3 employers and Practice settings as well as input the details for your 2 referees. It is essential that you have one Clinical Tutor from your final year and one Preceptor reference preferably from your final placement. ACE will not accept an employment reference for example. A Clinical Tutor is the person from your nursing school who supervises your placement, while the Preceptor is the person from the hospital or place of work that supervises your placement. We have a separate video dedicated to references and referees.

    Once you have chosen your preference of employer you will need to select up to 3 practice settings or areas of specialist practice. The 16 practice settings that are available have been nationally agreed by key ACE stakeholders, however, you may find that what you can select can seem restrictive. If there are sub-specialties you know you would like to practice in, for example, please highlight this in your cover letter as employers pay close attention to your cover letter for information regarding your practice setting preferences. Although you can only rank 3 practice setting specialties and all your preferred employers can see your practice setting preferences, you can still cater your cover letter to be specific for each employer, so BE SPECIFIC!!!!  Outline in your cover letter exactly what practice setting you are ideally hoping for within that employer! Remember, there may be some differences across the 3 employers you have selected in terms of which Practice Setting specialties they have vacancies in.

    For each employer selected, you should make every effort to include in full the reasons why you have chosen the set of Practice settings and why you have set these in your order of 1/2/3. Employers will be able to see your choices of specialty in the order you have selected them. If you are highly focused on gaining a position in your first chosen specialty area, you should say so. If you would be happy working in any one of your 3 choices again, you should note that in your cover letters. If you seek further clarification, please contact your NETP coordinator and ask about aligning the ACE practice settings to any sub specialties that you want to consider. After applications close you can no longer change your practice setting preferences. So remember to talk about this in depth at interview stage as if you have changed your mind you can talk to them at interview stage about what positions they have available in their organisation.

  • What are the selection criteria that employers use to select their applicants for interview?

    Employers have 6 weeks to shortlist, interview and rank their graduates during each intake. Each employer is entirely responsible for this process in their organisation and each employer may perform this process differently. Be aware that ACE is not involved with this step of the process. As such, any queries relating to this period should be directed to the NETP and NESP coordinators at the employers applicants have applied to.

    • Step 1) Employer interviews: Employers interview graduates. Note that each employer runs their own process and interviews may therefore occur at any time throughout the 6 week period.
    • Step 2) Applicants may re-order their preferred employers if they wish: Based on information applicants receive during their interview, ACE recognises that applicants may wish to change the order in which they have preferenced their employers. Applicants have until Friday 30th June 2017 before the match is run to change their preferred employers. To do this, you must email ACE (nursing@acenz.net.nz) to request the change.
    • Step 3) Employers shortlist and rank: Once interviews have been completed, employers shortlist their preferred graduates and rank them in preference order.
    • Step 4) Employers submit rankings to ACE: At the end of the 6 week period employers must submit to ACE their final list of graduates in ranked order together with their number of NETP and NESP vacancies.

    Employers will use the contact information you provide in your ACE application to contact you for these interviews. Ensure your contact details are kept up to date. Remember, you can update your profile (including your contact details) even when applications have closed by logging into your profile. When interviewing it is a good idea to discuss with the employer their available specialties and the support offered for new Graduate Nurses, that way applicants can make a more informed decision regarding how best to order their preferred employers. Employers may manage their time differently during this period. As such, some applicants may be contacted very early in the 6 week process while others may not be contacted until much later in this timeframe. This is not a reflection on the applicant! Employers may interview differently. Some may hold panel interviews and others may hold one-on-one interviews while larger employers may choose to run an assessment centre to consider all of their applicants.

    ACE are not involved in the employers short-listing process so we can’t tell you why you’ve not been invited to interview but your friend for example has. If you have questions during interview stage you will need to direct these to the NETP or NESP coordinators at the DHB. Their details are on our ACE website.

    Each employer has a different interview format. This is because employers run their interviewing process their own way and ACE are not privy to the individual processes of each employer. So be prepared that different employers may ask slightly different questions etc. So if your friend comes back and fills you in on everything they asked at interview, bear in mind they may ask very different questions at your interview.

    Also, remember that when you fill in your ACE application form, the address and email address details you enter are the details employers use to contact you and potentially send out your offer letters later in the process so ensure your information is accurate. If you change address after applications close you can still update your address information by emailing the ACE nursing email address and ACE will update the information on your behalf.

    Remember:

    • Applicants who meet the locally applied criteria are interviewed and employers can then use their own interview or assessment process to determine which graduates to employ from each of these sub sets.
    • Please note Not Everyone will be interviewed.
    • If you are not interviewed please do not call the ACE Consultant to ask why. They do not have this information. The ACE Consultant is not privy to the shortlist of applicants. This is an employer process.
    • Employers confirm their selections & rankings of applicants and submit these back to ACE along with a confirmed number of vacancies.

    Before your interview, always be prepared and expect the unexpected. Ask the interviewer about their vacancies and specialties FIRST. That way you know what their vacancies are BEFORE you tell THEM what specialties you really want. Remember that an employer can NOT ask you what other employers you have ranked or where you have ranked them in your preference order. Be conscious of your attire. I have heard of many applicants showing up to interviews with bare feet, hoodies, shorts and jandals. Please remember this is a PROFESSIONAL interview. You don’t need to go and hire a suit for it, but do dress professionally. Be on time! You can pretty much guarantee that if you’re late for your interview…you won’t get the job! Make sure you’re prepared. It’s as much an opportunity for you to ask them questions as it is for them to ask you. Remember, there is a wide variety of resources online to assist you with job interview techniques but first, your tertiary provider will have access to career coaches who have access to a wide range of tools to help you to become an expert.

  • I’ve been interviewed by one of the employers I ranked, what happens next?

    If you wish to now change your preferences of employer, you can do so up until Friday 3rd November 2017. If you are successfully matched to one of your employer preferences, you will be sent an offer of employment letter by that employer. You will be given 7 days to respond (Rejecting your job offer from the ACE match process will see you unable to take up a new graduate position within one of the 20 DHB services, aged residential care, primary health care services, or other agreed provider’s such as Southern Cross Hospitals for the current intake). The employer will subsequently communicate with you directly to organise further pre-employment documentation and arrange start times and dates.

  • Can I be matched to an employer I don’t want to work at?

    You can only be matched to one of the employers you have selected and ranked as one of your preferred places to work. Please do not rank any employer you do not wish to work at, because if you are matched to that employer, our expectation is that you will accept their job offer.

    As we anticipate there will be more applicants than positions available, rejecting your job offer from the ACE match process will see you unable to take up a new graduate position within one of the 20 DHB services, aged residential care, primary health care services, or other agreed provider’s such as Southern Cross Hospitals. 

  • I have NOT been matched to an employer, what happens next?

    The National Talent Pool

    You will be placed into the ACE Talent Pool of available applicants. This talent pool is distributed to every employer that uses the ACE process, including those outside of your initial preferences.  

    At this stage, the applications of unsuccessful graduates will automatically go into the national talent pool for graduate nurse’s which is accessible to all employers, not just the employers you had originally ranked. It is anticipated that during each intake a number of positions may become available and these positions will be filled using applicants from this talent pool. Employers will continue to employ new graduates from the talent pool right up to the next recruitment round. 

    If you are prepared to accept jobs with other employers that you had not initially ranked in your application you might like to write to the NETP coordinators of those organisations and let them know that you are on the talent pool and are prepared to work for them should a vacancy arise. The contact information for ACE employers can be found on the ACE nursing website. Employers are able review your application at their discretion should they wish to consider it when a vacancy arises. Smaller employers in more rural areas often have a smaller talent pool and may be particularly pleased to hear from graduates prepared to work in their region. ACE recommends that you contact employers directly to highlight your interest in working with them particularly if you are prepared to move to an employer outside of the one you initially preferred within your application. If you are prepared to consider working in clinical areas outside of the ones you indicated within your application you may like to contact employers with an updated Cover Letter outlining this to them. Take great care when making contact with NETP coordinators as they are often flooded with enquiries and are also busy with other aspects of their roles. Be as courteous as possible when contacting them and be very clear about your message and the reason why you are calling or emailing them do not waffle or be vague.

    If you are subsequently offered a job from the talent pool you must inform ACE immediately as your details will need to be updated and removed from the talent pool. Alternatively, if you are approached by an employer who has taken your name from the talent pool and you choose not to interview or accept a position with that employer (i.e. because you are unable to move to their region), this will not mean you are removed from the talent pool or for any other vacancies that may arise. Declining a position on the national talent pool will have no impact on an applicant’s eligibility to remain within the national talent pool. Applicants will only be removed from the intake if they decline a match offer during the initial match process. As such, should a graduate be approached via the national talent pool by an employer which they are unable to accept a position, will not remove their application from the intake. The Talent Pool for the intake you applied to is available up until the national talent pool for the subsequent intake is made available. For the Mid-Year intake this means that the talent Pool is available usually from late July to late November. The End of Year Talent Pool is available usually from late November to late July the following year.

    ACE recommends that you also visit the Kiwi Health Jobs website, the careers pages of employers and seek or TradeMe to research the nursing job market. This can be useful for a number of reasons. You will gain an insight into the culture of the hospitals you are thinking about applying to and usually job or position descriptions will be attached to each job number outlining the requirements, skill and experience required to fulfil a RN role. Furthermore this will give you an insight into the areas of practice that each hospital specialises in. It would be helpful for you to research or review these before you make your application. You will usually find that employers advertise for RN’s with 2 or more years of experience. Do not be discouraged, if you are vigilant you will come across vacancies where employers are looking for new graduates to fill positions alongside HCA’s, EN’s and experienced RN’s.

    Finally, there are other graduate programmes that exist outside of the NETP programme. You need to research these for yourselves; they usually exist in private hospitals and some leading aged residential care facilities. You may, for example, be able to find positions within Primary Health, Aged Residential Care, Community Care or Private Surgical Hospitals that are not necessarily covered by the NETP programme. To do this you would need to contact and apply directly to these service providers for any positions they may have available.

    Re-applying to ACE

    All re-applicants who still meet the eligibility criteria must login to the ACE nursing website with their existing user name and password. On the right hand panel you will see 'Applications for Nursing are open' start your new application. All re-applicants need to click and commence their application as though applying for the first time.

    Your previous referee details will be retained in your new application. If you would like to change referees, please contact ACE on 0800 223 236. A new reference request with unique ID will be sent to the referee outlining the next steps and the reference due date. Your referee must complete your reference report form by the time applications close. Your previous certified academic transcript will be uploaded to your new application. If there are additions to your results since you last application, you can upload this new transcript. Note only academic transcripts that meet the requirements outlined in the application requirements section of the site will be able to be attached to your application.

    To check the eligibility criteria and the full ACE Nursing process further, please see the Application Guide in the ACE Resources section. If you have further questions about re-applying, or about the talent pool, you should contact ACE to discuss this further 0800 223 236 or nursing@acenz.net.nz.

  • Contact ACE

    Contact Us

    ACE Centre Hours 8am - 4.30pm

    Free Phone: 0800 223 236

    Fax: 09 623 4644

    Email: nursing@acenz.net.nz 

    Web: nursing.acenz.net.nz 

    FaceBook: ACE Nursing

    Postal: PO Box 112147, Penrose, Auckland 1642

  • What if I sit state finals in March or do not pass the November state final?

    New graduates who are required to retake their state finals in March 2018 and subsequently pass will be eligible for the talent pool and commence NETP in April 2018.

    New graduates who know at the time of their application that they cannot sit state finals until March and pass will be eligible for the talent pool and commence NETP in April 2018.

    These candidates will be required to indicate on their application that they will be a “late start applicant” due to sitting state in March 2018.

  • Re-applicants

    Re-applying to ACE

    All re-applicants who still meet the eligibility criteria must login to the ACE nursing website with their existing user name and password. On the right hand panel you will see 'Applications for Nursing are open' start your new application. All re-applicants need to click and commence their application as though applying for the first time.

    Your previous referee details will be retained in your new application. If you would like to change referees, you must contact ACE on 0800 223 236. A new reference request with unique ID will be sent to the referee outlining the next steps and the reference due date. Your referee must complete your reference report form by the time applications close. Your previous certified academic transcript will be uploaded to your new application. If there are additions to your results since you last application, you can upload this new transcript. Note only academic transcripts that meet the requirements outlined in the application requirements section of the site will be able to be attached to your application.

    To check the eligibility criteria and the full ACE Nursing process further, please see the Application Guide in the ACE Resources section. If you have further questions about re-applying, or about the talent pool, you should contact ACE to discuss this further 0800 223 236 or nursing@acenz.net.nz.

  • Department of Corrections

    To apply for a position within the Department of Corrections, please select Primary Care as your practice setting preference. You should also detail this in your cover letter when applying via ACE.

  • St George's Hospital

    To apply for a position with St George's Hospital, please select Canterbury DHB and Surgical as your practice setting preferences. You should also detail this in your cover letter when applying via ACE.

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