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Nursing Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP)

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PDRPs are a unique feature of New Zealand nursing that have existed here in a variety of forms for almost 20 years. PDRP’s have been defined as…
“Competence based programme that assesses nursing practice against competencies, recognizes level of practice and supports ongoing professional development.”(National Nursing Organisations, 2004, p24).
Te Whatu Ora Health NZ - MidCentral PDRP is accredited by NCNZ to meet the competency assessment component of the HPCA Act 2003. It is an organisational programme that recognises and rewards the valuable contributions of our nurses to patient care outcomes. It offers support for nurses to demonstrate their level of practice on Competent, Proficient, Expert or Accomplished levels, in addition to providing exemption from the Nursing Council of New Zealand's audit processes.

Handing in my Portfolio for assessment

PNurses are encouraged to book in their PDRP - Professional Portfolio for assessment.
PDRP should be presented a minimum of 6 weeks before it is due to expire. Please ensure you call (9146) or send an email to book a submission date.
Professional portfolios can be handed in on the first day of the month February through to November to the Nurse Educator - PDRP and Projects, Kahikatea, Community Village (Monday - Thursday 8.00am – 4.00pm). 

Education & Workshops

PDRP education workshops provide nurses with key information on how to write examples of practice to meet the requirements of developing a professional portfolio. The PDRP Assessor Workshop is also available for nurses and managers who complete PDRP Portfolio Assessments.

Please refer to the Education Calendar on the staff intranet for dates and times of these workshops.

Portfolio documents and templates:


Assessment tool for Assessors

PDRP Information Book and Assessor Resource

PDRP Memos and Newsletters

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Self and Peer Assessment Enrolled Nurse

Self and Peer Assessment Registered Nurse

Self and Peer Assessment Senior Nurses

Templates and Tools

Extra Resources

Transfer of PDRP

The transfer of PDRP is required for nurses who are new to the organisation (external transfers) or who are existing employees transferring to a new role within the organisation (internal transfers). For nurses in the primary sector, the new employing organisation must have a PDRP Agreement (MOU) with MidCentral.
A transfer of PDRP request form must be completed and sent to At Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral, transfer of PDRP is valid until the expiration of the original portfolio, or for 12 months from the date of employment. Please refer to the PDRP Handbook for further information.
To remain current on the PDRP, a new portfolio of evidence reflecting the current area and level of practise must be completed and assessed as meeting all requirements prior to the expiration date of the transferred PDRP. Please note, the time frame for assessment is 4-6 weeks.
For all other organisations, please contact the PDRP and Projects Educator as per contact details below.

Who to contact

For any further clarification, queries or support, please contact:
Jenna Barugh
waea: +64 06 350 9146

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