• Expected Vacancies

    Employers are encouraged to advertise their 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 made available on their NETP websites the day prior to applications for the intake open.

    ACE makes every effort to ensure that employers have this information available for applicants on their websites however, ACE cannot take responsibility for ensuring that this information is current and updated by each DHB.

    You should also check this page from time to time as ACE updates Employer Information Sheets in PDF format for you to download.

    If you are not clear about the practice settings offered by your preferred DHB's, please contact the relevant NETP coordinators. Employer contact information and career websites can be found in the Employer Information section on the ACE Website. 

  • Voluntary Bonding Scheme

    The Voluntary Bonding Scheme 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.

  • Applying to Southern Cross Hospitals

    Applying to Southern Cross Instructions

    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 the Southern Cross Hospitals website or the Vacancy and Positions Information section of the ACE Website.

    Practice Settings 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 (Theatre) 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. 

    Southern Cross Hospitals Regions

    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.

    Southern Cross Hospitals Regional Breakdown

    Auckland

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

    Midlands

    • Hamilton
    • Rotorua
    • Grace Hospital (JV)

    New Plymouth

    Central

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

    Southern

    • Christchurch
    • Invercargill

    *JV refers to joint venture hospitals

    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 Email: carolyn.stewart@southerncrosshospitals.co.nz

  • Applying to New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP)

    To apply for NESP, simply rank Mental Health and Addictions as a practice setting preference. 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 Addictions nursing. Full information on the programme can be found here at the Te Pou website.

    How to apply for a NESP position

    • Register with ACE and complete your application in the normal way on the ACE application website once it opens.
    • Navigate to the Preferences section, follow instructions and choose your employers in order of preference.
    • You will then need to choose your preference of practice setting. 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.

    As part of your application you will be asked to select up to 5 practice preferences. Within the list of specialties available you will see a specific option available Mental Health & Addictions and you should select this as one of your 5 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 area you would like to work in and employers will work 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. 

  • Applying to Primary Health Care Positions

    You can apply to both NETP and NESP programmes through ACE and you can apply for Primary Health Care positions through ACE.

    Primary Health Care positions include the following

    • Practice Nursing
    • Department of Corrections
    • Medical Centres
    • Iwi Providers
    • School Nursing
    • Well Child Tamariki Ora providers (e.g. Plunket) 
    • Prisons
    • Hospice

    As part of your application you will be asked to select up to 5 practice preferences. 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 5 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. 

  • Applying to 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 5 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.

  • Applying to Department of Corrections

    To apply for a position within the Department of Corrections, please select Primary Care as your practice setting preference, you should select this as one of your 5 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 Department of Corrections facility you would like to work in and employers will work with the Corrections facilities 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 Corrections facilities advertise for new graduate registered nurse positions you can still apply for these directly to them, outside ACE.

  • Applying to St. George's Hospital (Canterbury DHB only)

    To apply for a position with St George's Hospital, please select Canterbury DHB and Surgical as your practice setting preferences, you should select this as one of your 5 preferences, in the order in which you would like to have your application considered.

    In your Cover Letter you can give more detail about St. George's Hospital and employers will work with them 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.

  • Applying to Private Hospitals

    With the exception of Southern Cross Hospitals (and St. George’s Hospital via Canterbury DHB only), 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.

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