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New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP -Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Nursing)

An exciting opportunity to work in Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Nursing. Program starts 23 August 2021.

New Zealand citizens and permanent residents ONLY are eligible to apply.

We are shortlisting every week - please apply now.

  • Develop your nursing career by making the change to work in mental health, addictions and intellectual disability nursing
  • Gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Mental Health or Intellectual Disability)
  • Receive regular group supervision

Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAIDS) understands that for many people coping with their illness or disability is not easy at the best of times. In recognising the importance of supporting people to seek help and to recover we provide a range of services that help people to live a fulfilled life.

We are actively recruiting nurses who have completed their Bachelor of Nursing to join our dedicated teams to help make a difference to all New Zealanders accessing services.

This New Entry to Specialist Practice (NESP) programme will give you the opportunity to follow a career in mental health, addictions and intellectual disability nursing. Working with us you will have good opportunities for professional development and progression.

As a NESP RN, you will be offered a 72 hour a fortnight fixed term contract that coincides with the tertiary education calendar to enable you to take paid study leave to complete the academic requirements of the programme. You will be offered two rotations within the services which may include adult, youth, older adult, forensic, community, early intervention, intellectual disabilities, Maori mental health or Health Pasifika.

We partner with Whitireia New Zealand to offer a comprehensive introduction to Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Nursing.

This partnership enables you to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Mental Health) or a Postgraduate certificate in speciality care by the end of the Programme.

For more information about the services we offer at CCDHB please see our websites:

For further information about NESP please contact:

Nikki Adams Nurse Educator NESP and Student Nurses cell phone: 0275488853 email or

Menetta Te Aonui Nurse Educator NESP and Maori workforce development and service Leader cell phone 0276839365



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