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The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Graduate Nursing Program (GNP) is designed for newly
graduated registered nurses to develop specific knowledge and skills required to work in a tertiary
paediatric hospital. This is a structured program with integrated study days and debriefing sessions
to assist the graduate nurse to practice in a safe and supportive environment as a confident and
The program is designed to promote:
From day one the program is structured
to include a variety of orientation days, study days, and further clinical and educational
support to ensure graduates feel comfortable commencing in the paediatric setting.
The graduate nurse program includes a number of study days
throughout the year in addition to ward based educational support and in services to
develop the knowledge and skills required to provide safe patient care in the paediatric
Each graduate nurse is assigned a named
preceptor to assist with the transition into the clinical area. During the supernumerary
period you and your preceptor will work identical shifts to facilitate development of your
nursing skills. Following your supernumerary period further support is available from the
ward Clinical Support Nurse’s, graduate nurse educator and senior
nursing staff within your clinical setting.
Graduate nurses are provided
with opportunities to attend facilitated debriefing sessions throughout the GNP. The purpose of facilitated debriefing is to provide support in a
safe environment, promotes reflective practice and critical thinking to improve nursing
practice and to support the well-being of graduate nurses.