• Southern Cross Hospitals

    Should an applicant choose to preference one of the Southern Cross Hospital regions they should note the following: 

    • These regions cover multiple sites (the breakdown of which is below), as part of the  ACE match process there is no guarantee an applicant will be matched to one particular site within these regions. Therefore, should an applicant choose to preference Southern Cross Hospitals they should be prepared to accept an offer of employment from Southern Cross Hospitals at ANY site within the region they preference.
    • If applicants would prefer to work at a specific site with a region they should outline this in their cover letter to Southern Cross Hospitals so they can be aware of this.

    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

    While ACE encourage applicants to contact employers to get further information on the opportunities available within that particular employer, please note that all applications need to be made through the ACE Nursing Website.

    Applicants should note that they are able to apply to more than one employer. If an application is unsuccessful at its first ranked employer – the application will automatically be considered by its second choice employer and so on down the list of ranked employers. To have the best chance of securing a position, applicants should rank more than one and up to three employers. Applicants should not rank an employer they do not want to work at. It is our firm expectation that applicants will accept a job offer from any one of the employers they rank. Applicants will receive only one job offer from one of their preferred employers; rejecting that job offer , due to the process involved, will automatically prevent applicants from gaining employment with another employer in that graduate intake round.

  • Expected Vacancies

    Employers are encouraged to make expected vacancies available to applicants on their individual career websites and also indicate the practice settings which these positions are likely to be in. This information should be available the day prior to appliations for the intake opening. ACE makes every effort to ensure that employers have this information available for applicants on their websites however, ACE will not take responsibility for ensuring that this information is current and updated by each DHB. If you are not clear about the practice settings offered by your preferred DHB's, please contact the relevant NETP coordinators. Employer career websites can be found in the Employer Information section on the ACE Website. 

  • Voluntary Bonding Scheme

    When thinking about your choice of specialty area you may also want to consider the practice settings that are eligible for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme; which is an incentive based payment scheme that has been introduced by the Government to reward nursing graduates who agree to work in hard-to-staff communities and/or specialties. 

    For more information on the practice settings that are eligible for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme please click here.

    Should you be interested in a VBS position you will need to rank within your application at least one of the practice settings listed as coming under the VBS scheme and please mention the VBS scheme in your Cover Letter(s)

  • Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Positions

    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 VLCA 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 Mental Health & Addictions. 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.

    The programme supports nurses new to Mental Health and Addiction services to develop their professional practice while developing the specific skills required for the specialty field of Mental Health and Addiction nursing. Only new graduate Nurses will apply for NESP positions through ACE and only those new graduates who meet the basic eligibility requirements noted above can apply. Graduate nurses who do not meet the eligibility criteria or are experienced nurses looking to change specialties (i.e. experienced registered nurses transferring into mental health and addiction) and want to enter NESP, will need to apply directly to the individual employers.

    Full information on the programme can be found here at the Te Pou website.

    How to apply for a NESP position via Nursing ACE

    • Register with ACE and complete your application in the normal way on the ACE application website once it opens on August 16th 2017.
    • Navigate to the page “Preferences”, follow instructions and choose your employers in order of preference.
    • You will then need to choose your preference of practice setting (or speciality). For NESP you should choose “Mental Health and Addiction” as your first choice to have the best chance of securing a graduate position. If you have other specialties you are interested in, you should also make a second and third choice.

    Please note that if you are interested in a sub-specialty within one of the major specialities you have nominated in your ACE application, it is a good idea to mention this sub-speciality in your cover letter(s). You can use your cover letter to outline what your career objectives are, why you want to work for that particular employer and why you want a particular specialty/sub-specialty. 

    Note that while we can guarantee that if successful you will only receive a job offer from one of your preferred employers, we cannot guarantee that you will initially be placed into one of the preferred practice settings you have nominated in your application, although employers will make every effort to do so.

  • Primary Health Care Positions

    Primary Health Care positions include the following

    • Practice Nursing
    • Department of Corrections
    • Iwi Providers
    • School Nursing
    • Well Child Tamariki Ora providers (e.g. Plunket) 
    • 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 available you will see a specific option available “Primary Health 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 covering 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 with potential employers you will be given an opportunity to discuss in more detail the exact practice settings available within that organisation 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 of the ACE process. 

  • Aged Residential Care Positions

    Within the list of specialties available you will see a specific option for “Aged Residential Care” and if you are interested in working within this area, 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 covering 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 interviews with potential employers you will be given an opportunity to discuss in more detail the exact practice settings available within that organisation 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 of the ACE process.

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