RIGHT PILL FOR SKILLS
Healthy start for graduates –
MAKING the transition from university student to qualified registered nurse can be daunting but graduate registered nurses have the opportunity to give their career a healthy start. The Central Northern Adelaide Health Service has 300 places for newly qualified registered nurses, known as the Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP). The clinically and professionally integrated program, formerly known as the Graduate Nurse Program (GNP), runs for 12 months at the Lyell McEwin, Modbury, Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals. The RAH also operates the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and the QEH operates St Margaret’s Rehabilitation Hospital at Semaphore. Modbury Hospital graduate nurse co-ordinator Cathy Cutts says the program allows newly qualified registered nurses to consolidate their knowledge, expand their clinical skills and gain confidence in their professional practice while getting a wide range of experience across different clinical settings. ‘‘When the graduates arrive fresh from university, they are very overwhelmed with an immense sense of responsibility,’’ she says. ‘‘With the TPPP, they spend a year in a supported program and emerge as confident and capable professionals.’’ TPPP participants have access to a broad range of clinical areas, re- flecting the activity and speciality of the hospitals within the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service. The areas include: Cardiovascular. Surgical specialities. Paediatrics. Women’s health. Renal services. Orthopaedics. Cancer services. Operating rooms and recovery. Intensive care. Palliative care. Emergency department. Mental health. Rehabilitation. The program recognises newly qualified registered nurses will be required rapidly to adjust to their new hospital environment. A dedicated TPPP co-ordinator and education team are at each site to help new nurses settle into their roles as medical professionals. Graduate nurse Rosetta Loveday, who now works at Modbury Hospital, says the team support is a big help. ‘‘Instead of feeling lost when you arrive at your first day of work after three years of uni, you are greeted with the security of a structured program with education and support from day one,’’ she says. ‘‘There are dedicated mentors for each stage and a dedicated program facilitator.’’ She says there is no denying the confidence boost received from working through the TPPP. ‘‘You can feel confident that at the end of the year you will be capable in your ability to apply your skills for the benefit of others in a variety of clinical settings,’’ she says. The TPPP has ‘‘underpinning principles’’ of recognising the needs of novice nurses and patients under their care. This allows nurses to retain responsibility for their own professional development. The reflective practice is an essential component to the development of registered nurses. All participants in the program receive: A dedicated TPPP co-ordinator and education support team. Professional development study days. Supernumerary days. Preceptorship and peer support. Up to three clinical rotations. Clinical appraisals and potential future employment opportunities. The TPPP has flexible working hours. This allows participants the opportunity to negotiate full-time or part-time positions. Part-time work must be the minimum 0.8 full-time equivalent. The study days include debriefing, clinical problem solving activities, tutorials and case studies. Information sessions will be held throughout July at the Lyell McEwin, Modbury, Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals. Applications open on August 2 and close on August 23. For more information, visit www.health.sa.gov.au/careers.
Modbury Hospital nurse Rosetta Loveday with hospital nurse co-ordinator Cathy Cutts. Picture: Matt Turner