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Refresher Course for Registered Nurses

This course is designed for qualified Registered Nurses who are out-of-practice and wish to refresh their knowledge in acute care nursing. It is also ideal for nurses working in non-acute areas of practice that wish to work in acute care.

Participants will learn contemporary best-practice and renew their confidence while gain practical experience in some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals.

The course is designed to build on your previous nursing skills, knowledge and experience to prepare you for safe practice according to the relevant NMBA registered nurse Standards for Practice.

Throughout the course, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of contemporary, evidence-based best practice, in a clinical environment.
  • observe and perform a variety of clinical skills including medication administration within the acute care setting with the support of preceptors, clinical support educators and nurse educators.
  • receive regular feedback and support from educators and facilitators, and have the opportunity to be individually assessed.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for Registered Nurses who:

  • hold general registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and
  • meet the Recency of Practice Registration Standard of three (3) months practice in the last five years.
(see the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's assessment framework for re-entry to practice)

Course structure

This course includes three components:

  1. 1. Theoretical learning modules (online)
    • Mater has partnered with the Australian College of Nurses (ACN) to deliver the theoretical, online learning modules. These modules equate to 36 CPD hours and must be completed prior to the practical and clinical components. They will take approximately four weeks to complete.
    • NB: If you have successfully completed ACN’s online refresher within the last 12 months, you may be able to progress immediately to the workshop component of the program.
 
  1. 2. Two-day workshop
    • Workshops dates will depend on the completion of the online modules, and will be discussed with each participant, one-on-one.
 
  1. 3. 120 hours of clinical placement
    • Clinical placement will be accommodated within Mater’s exceptional hospitals during a designated placement period. While shift times may be negotiable, start and finish dates are fixed.

Together, these components will allow participants to build upon their previous nursing experience (and qualifications), and understand the requirements of a contemporary, current-day nurse, including professional practice, critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of care and collaborative and therapeutic practice.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Standards for practice 2016
  • Perform holistic patient-centred care in an acute care clinical setting
  • Demonstrate safe practice in medication administration by a variety of routes
  • Participate in nursing inquiry/evidence-based research to make informed clinical decisions
  • Identify the value of diversity and cultural safety within the healthcare workplace

Participants will also receive a certificate of competence.

Cost

The full cost for this course is $4,200. This fee includes:

  • $1,100 – theoretical learning modules via ACN
  • $3,100 – practical workshop and supervised clinical placement at Mater

Payment plans may be available and can be discussed on acceptance of the placement.

NB: If you have successfully completed ACN’s online refresher within the last 12 months, you may be able to progress immediately to the workshop component of the program. In this case, you will not be required to pay the $1,100 online course fee.

Assessment

To be eligible to pass the program, the applicant must satisfactorily complete all the requirements, including:

  • Competency assessments
  • ACN online modules
  • Reflective practise
  • Clinical Practise Assessment Tool (CPAT modified)

Employment outcomes

Following successful completion of the course, participants will be able to apply for RN positions available within the casual pool roster.

Application process

This program is open to eligible nurses registered in Australia who have been out of the nursing workforce for five years or less, or have been working in a non-acute nursing environment for up to 10 years.

To apply, complete the Expression of Interest form below.

All applicants will be screened via an interview process and will be required to submit and/or complete the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae showing evidence of previous clinical practice
  • Evidence of 12 months (minimum) post graduate clinical nursing experience
  • National Australian Federal Police Check: Health workers and students must comply with Employment Screening using Criminal Record Checks Policy Directive PD2005_552
  • Blue card
  • Immunisation records
  • Passport photo

Expression of interest

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