Fifteen new graduate Registered Nurses (RNs) completed orientation during February at Pegasus House to commence their Nursing Entry to Practice (NetP) year, designed to support their first year of practice.
Di Bos, Nursing Workforce Development Co-ordinator, coordinates the Pegasus NetP Programme with the orientation week “aiming to provide nurses with all the training they need to work within the primary care sector.”
To be a part of NetP, student nurses must apply through the Nursing Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) system in their final year of study. A recruitment process is followed, and successful applicants are able to
Pegasus Health partners with general practice, Māori and Pasifika providers and the Canterbury District Health Board to support NetP positions. This year has been the largest intake with twelve of the nurses directly employed by general practice teams and a further three nurses who are part of Pegasus initiatives, Korimako (Māori), Toloa (Pasifika) and CALD (Refugee Health). These initiatives provide employment opportunities, encompassing general practice and NGO providers in blended community positions.
Brooke Jay, RN, has joined the Toloa initiative and will be completing her first year with Tangata Atumotu Trust and Eastcare Health. Brooke said the orientation week was a “great opportunity to meet others in the same position” and that she felt more confident going into her first week of nursing.
Cover image – Front: Jacob, Joanna, Simone Turner, Brooke Jay, Arshi Nadeem, Chloe Remaneses
Middle: Sarah Route-Stephens, Celia Clark, Amy Swain, Harpreet Kaur
Back: Jessie Morgan, Heidi, Kaimana Gallop, Eva Liu, Emily Brick