Over the past 6 months through networking and consultation with the Residential Aged Care Facilities, it has been identified that many facilities are employing newly graduated Registered Nurses and there is a need to upskill their knowledge and experience in aged care. These new graduates have entered the workforce directly into Aged Care and almost all have not completed any post-graduate training or placements in an aged care setting, resulting in a lack of confidence due to inexperience in this particular area of nursing.
Aged Care and Community Services (ACSA) coordinates the Aged Care Services Sector Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program on behalf of Aged Care Service Organisations. This program is designed, developed and owned by organisations who choose to participate in the program.
We are currently seeking interest from RACFs within the Northern Sydney PHN region to take part in the program.
The 12-month program is designed to support newly graduated nurses who are transitioning to work in aged care to become confident, safe, competent, and professional practitioners.
Research strongly indicates that the key to a successful Transition to Practice Program is the provision of strong support for all stakeholders.
The Aged Care Nurse Graduate Program will inform, support, and empower your New Graduates and promote the Aged Care Industry as an attractive career pathway.
- 2 x induction days at the commencement of the Program (February 2021 – TBC)
- Monthly Professional Development / PD (over 12 months) delivered by industry experts experienced in their field of expertise.
- Graduate Nurse (private) Collaboration Portal on the ACSA National Workforce Hub
- Graduate Handbook that includes checklists and templates that need to be signed off by Graduates and their mentor/s.
The program is driven by the industry partners involved and PD content will be determined by the group. The program coordinator will ensure PD sessions are organised and monitored.
Timeframe and Cost
The Graduate Nurse program aims to commence in late February to early March 2021 for 12 months. (commencement date to be decided)
ACSA will facilitate the promotion and recruitment in collaboration with the individual facilities, provide all the educational materials and oversee all online workshop attendance and workbook completion.
Cost to participate will be between $800 and $1200 (per graduate) depending on the final numbers of participating organisations.
For further information, please refer to the documents below:
If your facility is interested in participating in the program, please fill out the form below.
For any other questions or queries, please contact Heather Chapman, Aged Care Projects Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Botros, Primary Care Advancement Coordinator, at email@example.com.