Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice

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Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice 2017

Applications are now CLOSED for the Division One - Graduate Nurse Program to be conducted at Northern Health in 2017. 
Applications for our 2018 Program will open in May 2017.  Please keep an eye out for information session dates and visit us at the ACN Nursing and Health Expo in 2017.

The Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program aims to support you in an educational and clinical setting as you make your transition from student to Registered Nurse. We will facilitate your transition to practice by providing you with opportunities to consolidate your undergraduate skills and knowledge, integrate theory to practice and further develop your professional and clinical skills through a structured, clinically-focused program.

Support is the key to success as a graduate nurse.  Our Clinical Nurse Educators, Clinical Support Nurses, nurse preceptors and experienced clinical staff provide practical assistance and support in the clinical environment.

Orientation to Northern Health is designed specifically to support the graduate nurse, addressing both clinical and administrative aspects of nursing over a 3 day comprehensive program in our state-of-the-art Northern Centre for Health Education and Research.

Rotations of 6 months each, across two clinical areas will allow you time to consolidate and build confidence and independence. Each rotation is supported by supernumerary time with your preceptor.  As a graduate nurse you will have the opportunity to work across all Northern Health’s campuses: The Northern Hospital, Bundoora Extended Care Centre, Craigieburn Health Service and Broadmeadows Health Service. We offer a diverse range of clinical rotations and welcome your preferences when we meet at interview. 

Clinical area rotations                                       

  • Acute Medical
  • Acute Surgical
  • Emergency
  • Short Stay Unit
  • Oncology & Haematology
  • Paediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Observation Unit
  • GEM
  • Palliative Care
  • Day Surgery (TNH or BHS)
  • Cardiology

Education is ongoing.  Four graduate study days encompass theory, hands-on practice and experience in our simulation centre – as well as the opportunity to debrief and share experiences in a supported friendly environment.  Learning packages and assessments in advanced clinical skills are offered to further enhance your skill set.  In-services, short-courses, workshops and seminars are always available.  There are many avenues to further your formal education following your graduate year.

Employment in our graduate program is over a 53 week period, on a part-time basis - working 8 shifts per fortnight. Your annual leave timing is negotiated with your NUM, and night duty is restricted to a maximum of 2 weeks in each rotation.

For further information:

Attend: One of our information sessions (no booking required) & hospital tours, dates for 2017 yet to be advised.