Pilot Program Launched to Transition Graduate Nurses into General Practice
15th March 2017
South Western Sydney PHN has launched an exciting new pilot program linking graduate nurses with experienced Practice Nurses to bolster the excellent care already received in general practice.
The Transition to Primary Care Nursing Program was officially launched last month with an orientation workshop at the PHN’s Campbelltown office.
Under the program, graduate nurses from across South Western Sydney are supported and mentored by an experienced Practice Nurse, who will share knowledge, skills and tips for working in the primary care setting, an area nursing graduates traditionally have little exposure to during their studies.
South Western Sydney PHN CEO Rene Pennock said the program gave the next generation of Practice Nurses a fantastic foundation for working in general practice.
“The program provides the knowledge, skills, support and guidance to enable new graduate nurses to become professional primary health care nurses working for the needs of the individual and community in primary practice,” Mr Pennock said. “With the support of their mentors and the transition program coordinator, the graduate nurses will develop a portfolio of their clinical and professional achievements to demonstrate their learning.”
The program runs over 11 months and graduate nurses are rotated through two general practices to allow them to gain experience in a variety of settings, practices, and patient demographics.
A two-week supernumerary period provides the graduate nurse with a supported opportunity to learn about the practice nurse role, the general practice layout, policies and procedures, and to build rapport with other staff working in the practice.
To complete the program, graduates attend seven education days in total and successfully obtain clinical competency through an evidenced-based set of specifically designed competencies for general practice. The education calendar consists of an introductory day, supernumerary period, a two-day orientation to general practice workshop and two study days per rotation. Three weeks of annual leave are also provided for in the 11-month program. The Program Coordinator facilitates and coordinates all aspects of the program which was developed by Primary and Community Care Services in conjunction with the University of Sydney.
Mr Pennock said the pilot program was an important step for graduate nurses to understand the nuances of working in general practice compared to the acute setting.
“The program provides graduate nurses with exposure to the primary care setting. This sets them up for work in local general practices where they will become part of the vibrant multidisciplinary primary care team.”
For more information about the program please contact Karen Huckel on Karen.Huckel@swsphn.com.au