This year has been the largest Nursing Entry to Practice (NETP) intake into local primary care, with 15 new graduate Registered Nurses (RNs) employed in the programme across Waitaha Canterbury.

Brooke Jay has been in her NETP year for nine months and is due to finish in February 2023. She joined the Toloa initiative choosing to be placed at Tangata Atumotu Trust, Pasifika NGO, and Eastcare Health which has a higher enrolled population of Pasifika people.

“My dad’s side of the family are from the Cook Islands, so being able to work alongside this community creates meaning to my work. I am grateful to Pegasus for allowing me to choose here,” Brooke said.

Brooke’s placements have opened new opportunities, where she recently began smear taking and administering vaccinations, helping create further pathways for future employment.

“Networking with medical colleagues, nurses, and non-clinical staff has exposed me to sectors I would never have thought to pursue, inspiring me for my future,” she said.

NETP is a programme offered by Pegasus, designed to support their first year in general practice and Non-Government Organisation (NGO) providers.

“I have enjoyed the long-term relationships I have built through my NETP time with clients in both general practice and in the community. Being able to help remove the barriers to healthcare for people with typically poorer health outcomes is such a huge privilege that I take a lot of pride in”, she said.

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