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Enrolled Nurse Support into Practice programme (ENSIPP)

On this page:

  • About ENSIPP
  • Employment Opportunities
  • How to apply
  • June 2024 Interviews
  • Orientation
  • Preceptor Programme


The aim of the ENSIPP programme is to support the graduate Enrolled Nurses (EN) and provide professional development to facilitate transition during their first year of practice. Upon completion of the ENSIPP year, nursing graduates will meet competencies and standards of practice in order to progress to competent level on the Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP).

The ENSIPP programme accommodates graduates within the hospital, primary care, age and residential and mental health, addictions and intellectual disability (MHAIDS) settings. Central to Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley District’s philosophy for continuing nursing education is the commitment to providing a supported learning environment. The ENSIPP programme offered at Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley is aligned with the national learning framework for ENSIPP.

The Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley ENSIPP programme requires the graduate EN to attend eight study days and two orientation days throughout the year to support the developing competent nursing practice. Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley understands the demands and stresses faced by ENSIPP graduates when they commence their first year of practice and are committed to provide both pastoral and clinical support from the ENSIPP clinical coach and graduate programme coordinator.

This page provides information for those considering recruitment to the Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley ENSIP programme and those within the district who need access to information regarding ENSIPP graduates and the programme.

Sarah Steele
Graduate Programme Coordinator
Workforce and Practice Development Unit
Phone 0273047910

View the 2024 ENSIPP Fact Sheet

Employment Opportunities

Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley are currently recruiting Diploma of Enrolled Nursing students from around New Zealand who are preparing to sit Nursing Council of New Zealand state finals or have completed and passed their state finals.

We are continuously recruiting EN graduates and have two intakes per year in January and September. We are committed to employing the graduate EN to permanent positions where possible.

Please use this information when selecting your practice area preferences for Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley. If there is an area of particular interest to you then you can identify this in your cover letter. 

The ACE practice areas are listed below, the particular employing areas within each is also listed. Additional practice areas may be added during the recruitment process. 

2024 September ENSIP Programme intended employment areas

Capital, Coast

  • Aged Residential Care
  • Primary Health Care
  • Medical: Endocrine and Diabetes
  • Surgical
  • Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation
  • Health of Older People 
  • Perioperative:

Hutt Valley

Perioperative Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability (MHAIDS)

  • Intellectual Disability Service
  • Te Whare Ahuru
  • Tawhirimatea
  • Rangipapa
  • Purepurehu
  • National Youth Forensics
  • Te Whare Ra Uta
  • Rangatahi

How to apply

We invite you to apply via ACE. It's important to apply correctly so please follow the ACE instructions carefully. You can select up to 5 practice areas of interest in your ACE application for Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley.

Interviews for the September 2024 ENSIP Programme will be held at:

  • Wellington Hospital 24th June
  • MHAIDS Porirua 25th June
  • Te Papa, Kenepuru 26th June
  • Hutt Hospital 27th June

Successful graduates will receive an offer of employment from their clinical area before commencing the programme. Once accepted, the terms of agreement for such placements are permanent. Within clinical areas graduates will be expected to complete online learning packages, goal setting, and two self-reflections and attend the 10 study days. It is strongly recommended that graduates utilise the knowledge and skills of their appointed preceptor, Nurse Educator, Associate Charge Nurse Managers and Charge Nurse Managers within their clinical area. The ENSIP programme also has a clinical coach available for clinical support and will visit each graduate monthly.

June 2024 Interviews

Thank you for applying to the Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley ENSIP Programme starting September, 2024. Please watch this video to help you prepare for your interview. Interviews will be held June 24th – 27th, 2024 across the district.


We want to make graduate enrolled nurses feel welcome. Graduates are welcomed with an orientation to the programme followed by an orientation to their area of practice. Orientation provides the graduate EN with generic learning and an introduction to the ENSIPP programme. Graduates will be orientated to their clinical area by their senior clinical nursing team and preceptor. It is anticipated that graduates will complete clinical orientation within 4-6 weeks of commencing their position.

Orientation Resources

Preceptor Programme

Socialisation, orientation and clinical support is important to ensure that graduates engage in positive learning experiences within their clinical environment. ENSIPP graduates are supported in their clinical environment by a preceptor for the duration of their ENSIPP programme. As part of their professional development requirements all preceptors will have completed a workshop to enable their role. Preceptors are also required to be working toward or completed proficient level on the Professional Development and Recognition Programme. ENSIPP graduates can be assured that their preceptor is committed to ensuring their completion of the ENSIPP programme. ENSIPP graduates are encouraged to complete a preceptor workshop during their second year of practice.

For further details regarding the preceptor programme please see the preceptorship and supervision page.

Last updated 2 April 2024.