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Albury Hospital (02) 6058 4444
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Graduate Nurse Programs

Graduate Nurse Programs

The Albury Wodonga Health Graduate Programs are very well supported and provide a friendly environment for graduate nurses in their transition to the role of Registered Nurse. The programs promote quality patient care and professional excellence for our new graduates

AWH Graduate Program (General Stream):

AWH hosts two graduate programs per year, with an intake of up to 9 graduates in each. As AWH is a Victorian hospital, the AWH graduates are Victorian employees

Successful graduates will work on each campus (Albury and Wodonga), where they will be exposed to a variety of clinical experiences. Available rotations include:

Surgical / Medical / Rehabilitation / Day Surgery / Emergency / Operating Suite / Paediatrics / Health Care at Home / ICU and Mental Health

Key components of this program include:

  • A comprehensive orientation program to the Health Service and its clinical areas
  • All graduate positions are .8EFT
  • Mandatory, generic and ward based competency programs and training
  • Access to an E-learning portal
  • Rotations to diverse clinical areas across two campuses
  • 4¬†graduate study days
  • Simulation labs to practice clinical skills
  • Access to Clinical Educators in each clinical area
  • Regular performance reviews at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Regular feedback¬†regarding performance as well as¬†strategies for improvement
  • Regular debriefing sessions
  • Opportunities for¬†further¬†study. AWH support staff studying Post Graduate Certificates / Diplomas in¬†Midwifery, Rural Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, Perioperative Nursing¬†and Palliative Care, among others¬† (according to organisational¬†requirements)
  • Salary packaging options

 Entry to the AWH Graduate Nurse Program:

Entry to the AWH Graduate Program is via the Victorian Nursing Computer Match system www.computermatching.pmcv.com.au. As the application process for AWH is according to the Computer Match guidelines, applicants will NOT be considered unless they participate in this system.

 More information required?

 Please contact Sue Scheetz (Graduate & Undergraduate Programs Co-ordinator) via email - suzanne.scheetz@awh.org.au

 

Graduate Nurse Program in Mental Health

This program offers the Bachelor of Nursing Graduate, 12 months of clinical skill building in the Mental Health sector and an academic component that leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health with numbers of universities after achieving all the clinical and academic requirements). This program offers the Bachelor of Nursing Graduate, 12 months of clinical skill building in the Mental Health sector and an academic component that leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health with numbers of universities (after achieving all the clinical and academic requirements).

The program is offered regionally and may include clinical rotations in Wodonga, Albury, Wangaratta and Beechworth. During the 12-month program with Albury Wodonga Health, the graduate will experience a diverse range of clinical rotations in the inpatient unit and Community Mental Health. An elective rotation may also be offered as available.

This program is offered as part of the NEVIL (North East Victorian Innovative Learning) Group, a consortium of agencies consisting of Albury Wodonga Health, Austin Health, Eastern Health, Goulburn Valley Health and St Vincent’s Health.

During this 12month period the graduate will work 0.8 FTE in recognition of the academic requirements of the course. Clinical supervision and rostered time to attend lectures will be provided.

Entry to the Graduate Nurse Program ‚Äď Mental Health:

Entry to the graduate nurse program is via the Victorian Nursing Computer Match system www.computermatching.pmcv.com.au.

Applicants will NOT be considered unless they participate in this system. The computer match process commences in June of the previous year with the applicant sourcing all information and entering the process online. Applications to the Health Service are forwarded by the end of July and interviews are held in August. The computer match is usually completed mid-October and offers of positions are then made for the following year's programs, that commence in late January/ early February annually. Particular information regarding the application process for AWH is as follows:

  1. Go to: www.awh.org.au Employment-Positions Vacant-Current vacancies. You will be linked to careers.vic.gov. Select the desired position, read information related to this position (a Position Description is available to view). Applications may be submitted from May 26th until July 24th 2014 plus:    
  • An application letter
  • A current CV that outlines¬† employment history and all clinical placements and educators during your undergraduate degree. Included in this CV are the names of two professional referees, e.g. current employer, clinical nurse educator. If not in current employment - two clinical educators. Written references are not required.
  • A transcript of academic results (with legend attached). Submitted information must be certified copies
  • Two summative clinical reports. One of these must be from your Mental Health Placement.¬† Formative reports are not required.
  • Note, where the application form asks for AHPRA registration number, you may leave it blank
  • If you encounter problems or wish to provide feedback re this process, do so via e-mail to employment@awh.org.au

Program Structure

The program commences with orientation to the organisation, then 3 weeks working with an allocated preceptor. Following this time, the graduate RN has their own patient load and is supported by their preceptor, and fellow staff. When changing areas, the graduate will be orientated and introduced to the area by their preceptor/ mentor. There are also 15 paid graduate nurse study days during the program, in Melbourne as part of the NEVIL program (3 X 5 day blocks).

An academic transcript outlining your academic and clinical achievements will be provided to you at the completion of each module and on completion of the year.

Aims of the Program:

  • Provide a supportive environment in which graduate nurses begin their practice in mental health.
  • Facilitate the process of graduate nurses commencing tertiary studies in Mental Health, thereby ultimately gaining qualifications in this speciality area. This requires successful graduate year applicants to undertake the NEVIL program which is a tertiary program accredited by several universities. Attendance and successful completion of this program is mandatory.
  • Encourage the development of critical thinking and reflective practice through the process of clinical supervision.
  • Assist Graduate Nurses to work towards achieving the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce as beginning level practitioners

What support will you receive throughout the program?

  • Access to Clinical Educators and Clinical Support Nurses/ Preceptors/ Mentors
  • If you make a mistake, you will be supported in learning from it, not punished. AWH promotes a no blame culture.
  • Regular clinical supervision
  • You are encouraged to take one week‚Äôs leave (pro-rata) during the program. The rest of your leave entitlements accrue

What do you need to do to successfully complete the program?

Satisfactorily complete:

  • 15 sessions clinical supervision throughout the year
  • A self-directed Pharmacology Package (within 6 weeks of commencement)
  • 3 academic assignments at post graduate level
  • 3 case presentations
  • Attend program study blocks in Melbourne with the rest of the NEVIL group in Melbourne in February; June and October.
  • Complete regular performance reviews at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months achieving a satisfactory standard

Why should you choose the Albury Wodonga Health Graduate Nurse Program ‚Äď Mental Health?

  • It provides rotations to a range of areas in Mental Health. You will receive a high level of support from all staff
  • You will be encouraged to learn and develop throughout the year
  • You will be given honest feedback about your performance and strategies for improvement if required.
  • You will receive academic support from the Clinical Educator.
  • An excellent range of salary packaging options are available

 

More Information Required?

Please contact John Plate-Clinical Educator via email- john.plate@awh.org.au.

 

 

Last updated: 30-03-2017