Professional development and recognition programmes

PDRPs were developed by employers and professional organisations to recognise and support individual nurses. Their assessment processes are based on the submission of a practice portfolio. 

PDRP requirements are usually different from the requirements of the recertification audit. This is because these programmes usually look at more than simply competence to practice. They may seek to support individual nurses to develop their practice and also to recognise additional contributions made by nurses to the workplace. The assessment tools used by PDRPs may also be different, as the nurse usually supplies more evidence in a portfolio than is required for audit.

The criteria for advancement through these programmes are determined by the organisation and not by the NCNZ. NCNZ approval means that the programme has met the NCNZ standards for PDRPs and the NCNZ is satisfied that nurses assessed by the programme meet the NCNZ's continuing competence requirements (as well as other organisational requirements).”  (NCNZ, 2015: http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/Nurses/PDRPs).

Counties Manukau Health’s (CM Health) PDRP is accredited by NCNZ to meet the competency assessment component of the HPCA Act and if nurses are compliant with CM Health’s programme then they will be exempt from NCNZ’s auditing process. 

Counties Manukau Health’s (CM Health) PDRP is accredited by NCNZ to meet the competency assessment component of the HPCA Act and if nurses are compliant with CM Health’s programme then they will be exempt from NCNZ’s auditing process.

Note: It is compulsory for all nurses employed by CM Health to complete a portfolio either through CM Health PDRP or the Huarahi Whakatuu PDRP regardless of clinical area and role.

 The aims of CM Health’s PDRP for nurses are to:

  • Ensure that all nursing staff maintains a professional portfolio that contains evidence of competent (minimum) practice in compliance with the NCNZ competencies and continuing competence requirements.
  • Validation and maintenance of level of practice.
  • Encourage & recognises nursing professional achievement.
  • Value nurses who effectively initiate care that meets the needs of the patient/client. 
  • Maintenance of NCNZ accreditation status.
  • Maintain a fair and transparent process.

CM Health PDRP is now electronic and available via Ko Awata LEARN.  If you have access to LEARN, please use your usual username and login.

If you don't have access, please contact Dianne Barnhill.