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.

In May 2021 we updated our documentation to the Aotearoa Collaborative PDRP document. It is an all in one document which is user friendly and interactive. Click on "suggestions and indicators" in blue under each competency to activate a drop down box of indicators for that competency at each practice level.

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 Te Whatu Ora 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 Aotearoa Collaborative 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 Te Whatu Ora Tairawhiti. You can submit your portfolio via Ko Awatea Learn online from home or work through the Te Whatu Ora 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 page 5 on the Aotearoa Collaborative document or 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 included to guide you as to what you need provide for your portfolio.

Aotearoa Collaborative PDRP Registered Nurse

Aotearoa Collaborative PDRP Enrolled Nurse

Aotearoa Collaborative PDRP Senior Nurse


Click on "suggestions and indicators" in blue under each competency to activate a drop down box of indicators for that competency.


Here are some helpful hints for writing your assessment:

Helpful hints for writing RN Self and Senior Nurse Assessments

Helpful hints for writing EN Self and Senior Nurse Assessments


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 validated usually by your manager or educator.


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.

Check out the links to the helpful hints writing documents above.


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.


Senior Nurses:

Designated Senior Nurses (DSNs) in management, education, policy or research must still meet the NZNC competencies and standard portfolio requirements. Nurses that do not have direct patient care are exempt from domains two (management in nursing care) and domain three (interpersonal relationships) that only apply to clinical practice. They are to use the competencies for domains 2 and 3 that best align with the specific role from management/education/policy/research.

For DSNs that do have direct care with patients, they must meet both sets of competencies in domains 2 and 3.

I.e. you will complete domains 2 and 3 twice. Once for direct care and once for management/education/policy/research.

It is up to the DSN to read the management/education/policy/research competencies and complete the competencies most appropriate to their role.


Here are some suggestions from the National Framework as to which competencies to complete:

Management: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator, Charge Nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing

Research: Practice Research Nurse, Academic Research Nurse

Education: Academic Educator

Policy: Nurse Consultant, Nurse Advisor


You will need to delete the sections that do not apply to you. For example; if completing a management DSN portfolio, delete the research, education and policy competencies. If you also have direct patient contact you will need to complete domains 2 and 3 again for direct care.

If you have more than one role i.e. you work as an Academic Educator but also as an RN in ICU. You would complete a DSN portfolio with the education competencies. You would then repeat domains 2 and 3 for direct patient care for your ICU role and this may be at competent, proficient or expert level.

Our most common DSN portfolio here in Te Whatu Ora Tairawhiti is a combination of management with direct patient contact. This would apply to most of our Clincial Nurse Specialists.

Our second most common DSN portfolio is for Management (without direct patient care). This would apply to most of our Clincial Nurse Managers.


Frequently asked questions 


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