AGED CARE TRANSITION TO PRACTICE PROGRAMS FOR ORGANISATIONS

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is the peak body representing not for profit church based, charitable and purpose providers of retirement living, residential care and home and community care in Australia.  This Aged Care NurseTransitiontoPracticePrograms are facilitated by ACSA on behalf of partner Aged Care Providers.

The Aged Care Sector is one of the fastest growing and rapidly developing industries in Australia, providing secure employment opportunities with structured career pathways.  Attraction to the industry and workforce shortages can be a real challenge at times.  Recognising the importance of investing in the future of the industry and the need to develop first class clinicians and leaders, the ACSA Transition to Practice Programs provide Organisations with 3 cohorts of nurse applicants:

  • Graduate Registered Nurse (<2 years, first year of practice)
  • Graduate Enrolled Nurse (<2 years, first year of practice)
  • Transitioning Registered Nurses (>2 years, first year of practice in Aged and Community)

OUR PROGRAMS

Graduate Registered Nurse

 (<2 years, first year of practice) August 2022, February 2023 & August 2023.

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This innovative 12-month program provides guidance to Graduate Registered Nurses in their first year of clinical practice through mentorship, on-line professional development sessions presented by expert clinicians and portfolio development.

The aim of this program is to ensure graduated nurses become confident, safe, competent, and professional practitioners within the organisation and choose to stay working within the Sector.

Graduate Enrolled Nurse

(<2 years, first year of practice) May 2022 ONLY, February 2023 & August 2023.

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This innovative 12-month program provides guidance to Graduate Enrolled Nurses in their first year of clinical practice through mentorship, on-line professional development sessions presented by expert clinicians and portfolio development.

The aim of this program is to ensure graduated enrolled nurses receive the support and education they require as they enter the workforce.  

Transitioning Registered Nurses

(>2 years, first year of practice in Aged and Community) May 2022 ONLY, February 2023 & August 2023.

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This innovative 6-month program recognises prior knowledge and experience and provides support to Transitioning Registered Nurses as they enter clinical practice in the aged care sector.  Participants will undertake a mix of set professional development activities as well as selecting electives.

The program would be ideal for Registered Nurses wanting to take on additional leadership responsibilities eg: Clinical Nurse Managers, Facility Manager.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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Aged Care Organisations

Aged care organisations actively participate in the Transition to Practice Program by:

  • Promoting the program
  • Interviewing and recruiting right-fit graduates to participate in the program
  • Identifying experienced Registered Nurses to mentor, guide, and support the transition nurse from the start to the completion of the program
  • Preparing the workplace for new nurses to enter
  • Ensuring the participating nurse is available to attend professional development sessions
  • Supporting on the job learning and development through the creation and implementation of individual support plans and clinical assessment.
  • Attending national reference group meetings.

ACSA’s Coordination Role

As Coordinator, ACSA has an overall role in directing the program, including:

  • Facilitation of the ACSA Transition to Practice Reference Group
  • Recruitment of applicants and be the conduit between organisations and nurses wanting to work in the industry via the ACSA Workforce Hub.
  • Design, develop and deliver a robust, contemporaneous online program.
  • Provision of experienced RN Facilitators who are responsible for participant and organisation engagement and content delivery experts.
  • Supporting mentors through training and networking opportunities
  • Organising Induction and Community of Practice forums for participants
  • Programming and building the learning management system, Moodle as a warehouse for resources and learning assessments.
  • Keeping in regular contact with the graduates, mentors, and organisations throughout the program.

2022 ORGANISATION INFORMATION SESSIONS (ALL STATES AND TERRITORIES)

To register for future information sessions, click here: nursing@acsa.asn.au

ORGANISATION EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
(OPEN TO ALL STATES AND TERRITORIES)

For organisations across all States and Territories that would like to express an interest in participating in the second intake starting on the 30th May, please complete the Expression of Interest form.  Please note this is not as commitment but helps us frame up the 2022 Program. 

Intake 2

Commencing 30 May 2022

  • Graduate Enrolled Nurse (<2years, first year of practice)
  • Transitioning Registered Nurses (>2years, first year of practice)
Intake 3

Commencing 29 August 2022

  •  Graduate Registered Nurse (<2years, first year of practice)
Intake 1

Commencing 27 February 2023

  • Graduate Enrolled Nurse (<2years, first year of practice)
  • Transitioning Registered Nurses (>2years, first year of practice
  • Graduate Registered Nurse (<2years, first year of practice)
Intake 2

Commencing 28 August 2023

  • Graduate Enrolled Nurse (<2years, first year of practice)
  • Transitioning Registered Nurses (>2years, first year of practice
  • Graduate Registered Nurse (<2years, first year of practice)

To register your interest,  click the ‘express your interest now’  button.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For additional information, including fee structure, please contact:

Bronwyn Doyle RN
Team Leader QLD
Workforce and Industry Development
National Lead of the Aged Care Nurse Transition to Practice Program

E: Bronwyn.Doyle@acsa.asn.au

M: 0428 427 939

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ACSA’s Aged Care Transition to Practice Program received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.