Nursing graduate programs

CAHS offers two graduate registered nursing programs:

  • CAHS Nursing Transition to Practice program
  • Community Health Graduate Registered Nurse program

The graduate program has given me strong foundation for my future nursing career and my experiences have strengthened my communication skills as well as my ability to advocate for children and their families. - Edwina, Perioperative Graduate Nurse

Read the testimonials from nurses who have participated in our programs.

Find out about both programs below.

 

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CAHS Nursing Transition to Practice program

The CAHS Nursing Transition to Practice program provides a supportive learning environment to enable the newly qualified nurse to evolve their practice to the level of a confident, competent registered nurse. The program offers placements in Neonatology, Mental Health and at Perth Children’s Hospital.

Program objectives

Support transition of a newly qualified nurse to the role of a Registered Nurse at CAHS by:

  • Developing and consolidate their clinical, critical thinking and communication skills 
  • Promoting personal self-confidence to help cope with stressful situations in the workplace
  • Promoting development of partnerships that support teamwork and collaborative relationships between the nurse, the organisation and consumers
  • Promoting a focus on professionalism and accountability through:
    • Maintaining a focus on patient safety and best practice
    • Networking and collegiate support 
    • Familiarisation with CAHS policies and procedures.

Our program

The program offers two six-month rotations with placements in a variety of clinical areas in the acute care settings including medical, surgical, neonatology and mental health.

Graduate nurses will be offered specific orientations that will enhance their role development, reflective practice and clinical knowledge. This includes a supernumerary day at the beginning of each new placement.

The program is structured to provide a variety of ward based learning opportunities, clinical hours, tutorials and study days aimed at developing clinical excellence within a safe and supportive environment.

Participants in the program are overseen and supported by throughout the program by the Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Manager, Staff Development Nurse and senior staff within the clinical area.

Program details

  • 12-month program
  • Two intakes per year
  • Two six-month rotations.

Placements are in a variety of clinical area in the acute care setting including:

  • medical
  • surgical
  • neonatology
  • mental health.

How to apply

Recruitment for the 12 month program occurs annually through GradConnect, the WA Department of Health’s centralised graduate recruitment website.

For more information

If you have any questions relating to the CAHS Transition to Practice Program, please contact the Graduate Nurse Program Coordinator.

Nursing Transition to Practice program

Office hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm

Email: CAHS.NursingTransitiontoPracticeProgram@health.wa.gov.au.

Phone: 6456 0515

Community Health Graduate Registered Nurse program

The CAHS Community Health Graduate Registered Nurse program is a 12-month program in community health nursing, being run in partnership with Curtin University.

The program is designed for graduate nurses interested in a community primary health specialisation. Community Health offers a unique opportunity for graduates to provide early identification, prevention and intervention community-based services to children, adolescents and their families. These services improve health outcomes and support the growth and development of healthy communities and school populations.

Our program

The program offers a safe and supportive environment where newly qualified nurses will develop clinical knowledge and competence, working across a variety of practice settings, experiences and locations in school and child health services. 

Graduates will be provided with support through a site-based preceptorship model including regular and ongoing clinical support and study days. 

The successful applicant will enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing with Curtin University and be encouraged to complete the certificate during the 12 month program schedule. 

Graduate/CAHS Community Health co-funding applies, and applications for scholarships are available:

Semester 1

  • NURS5048 Child Health Nursing Specialisation
    • 25 credit points; fully funded by CAHS-CH with 12-month program
    • NURS5049 Adolescent Health Nursing Specialisation
    • 25 credit points; the cost of this unit will be the responsibility of the applicant

Semester 2

  • NURS5010 Child and Adolescent Nursing Practice
    • 25 credit points; fully funded by CAHS-CH within 12-month program
  • NURS5001 Advanced Nursing Practice in Primary Health Care
    • 25 credit points; the cost of this unit will be the responsibility of the applicant

This program is during office hours, Monday to Friday only.

Program details

  • 12-month program
  • Starts in February of each year.

How to apply

Recruitment for the 12 month program occurs through GradConnect.

Applicants must be able to travel across sites and must hold a valid driver’s licence.

For more information

If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager, Community Health on 9586 4556 or CACH.GraduateRegisteredNurse Program@health.wa.gov.au.

Last Updated: 14/07/2020