Healthy start for grad­u­ates –

The Advertiser - Careers - - Front Page - Amy Noo­nan re­ports.

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

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