Professional Development Recognition Programme

There have been a few changes to this page and the PDRP so please ensure you are up to date with the latest requirements.

Any questions email: or the PDRP Coordinator.

Be sure to check out the Frequently asked questions!


PDRP Overview:

Professional Development and Recognition Programme for Nurses (PDRP) is a national professional development and career planning framework which Hauora Tairawhiti strongly supports. It enables nurse’s practice, knowledge and skills to be rewarded and recognised.

It is optional for nurses to prepare a portfolio for PDRP; however portfolios are considered an essential tool in demonstrating professional accomplishments and documenting professional growth, and a pathway for future career growth and development

Benefits of participating in PDRP are exemption from the NZNC recertification audit in which approximately 5% of nurses nationally are audited every year, a reflection of your work and practice that can be used as supportive documentation for senior nursing roles and nurses included in the NZNO MECA can also receive financial rewards at proficient and accomplished/expert levels.

The PDRP framework is based on Benner’s model which recognises the development of a nurse’s practice. Nurses progress from novice (graduate nurses only) through to competent, proficient, expert practice and designated senior nursing roles.

The PDRP Manual will be uploaded here soon

Click on the following link to see the National framework for PDRP: PDRP-National-Framework-and-Evidential-Requirements

Additional information relating to the Nursing Council New Zealand competencies, aspects of direction and delegation, the Code of Conduct for Nurses as well as information on cultural support and the Treaty of Waitangi visit the Nursing Council of New Zealand.


E- Portfolios:

Only e-portfolios are now accepted at Hauora Tairawhiti. You can submit your portfolio via Ko Awatea Learn online from home or work through the Hauora Tairawhiti Portfolio gateway. If you have any issues creating an account please email:

New to e-portfolios? Click here to learn how to create an e-portfolio. It is a step by step guide on accessing Ko Awatea, creating a portfolio and how to share it with the Hauora Tairawhiti assessors.

Click here to go to Ko Awatea Learn


Levels of practice (competent, proficient and expert/accomplished):

For more information please read chapter 2 in the PDRP-National-Framework-and-Evidential-Requirements (page 9). If you work under the DHB NZNO MECA there is financial renumeration for submitting a portfolio at proficient and expert/accomplished levels. If you are not sure, you can discuss this with a trusted colleague, or a CNM. Enter the PDRP at whatever level you feel you meet, remembering that you must show evidance required to meet that level.

Please note that should an overpayment occur you may be contacted by People and Development for payment.



Use the checklist to guide you as to what you need to include in your portfolio.

All nurses need to include the standard documentation below:

Midlands Portfolio Application

Declaration and consent form with CNM approval (DSN must do the declaration but can exclude the CNM approval)

- Curriculum Vitae (Only for proficient and expert/accomplished) 

- Annual practicing certificate or hyperlink to NZNC

- Validation of practice hours – 450 hours in the last 3 years (from People and Development)

- You time/Appraisal (completed in the last 12 months)

- Professional development hours and reflection - 60 hours in the last 3 years


Professional development:

This includes whole days or short teaching sessions that you have done in the last 3 years. For example it could include post graduate study, short courses, seminars, conferences, in service education and online learning. This will be documented on the professional development activities record and verified by your manager or educator.

You have two options on reflection of your professional development.

Option one: Short statement with each activity about what you learnt and how it has changed your practice Professional Development Activites Record with reflection

Option two: Three approximately A4 length reflections on three different activities attended Professional Development Activites Record. You can write your three reflections as a word document


Self assessment, peer assessment and assessment reports:

Documents for Registered Nurses

Documents for Enrolled Nurses

Documents for Designated Senior Nurses


Click here for Quality and Teaching templates to support your portfolio


Self- assessment:

Your self assessment is a specific example of how you have demonstrated each competency in your everyday practice. Do not reword the competency. Ensure patient confidentiality is kept. All practice examples must be from the last 12 months of practice.


Senior/peer/third party assessment:

A specific example of how the nurse has demonstrated the competency in their everyday practice. You can use multiple nurses to complete this – utilise preceptors, senior nurses and managers. Ensure you give your peers lots of time to complete writing your practice examples. It often works well to sit together after you have completed your self-assessment and help the nurse writing your evidence with other examples from your practice. Evidence can be from direct observation of practice, an interview and discussion of nursing care in different scenarios, evidence in exemplars and reports from other nurses or health professionals. All practice examples must be from the last 12 months of practice.


Frequently asked questions 


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