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About our program

  • 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 accountable professional.

    The program is designed to promote:

    • Child and family centered care
    • Competence in paediatric nursing practice
    • Engagement in critical questioning and reflective practice
    • Integration into effective multidisciplinary teams

    Key features of the program

    Comprehensive orientation program

    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.

    Ongoing education

    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 setting.

    Preceptorship model of support

    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.

    Scheduled debriefing sessions

    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.