With long standing commitment to bringing nurses back to the workforce, the Refresher Program for Division 1 Nurses commenced over 10 years ago. Since that time we have proudly assisted over 300 nurses return to the workforce in the state of Victoria and we hope to add to that number in 2011.
In 2011 St Vincent’s will be offering Nursing Refresher Programs for those interested in returning to the nursing workforce.
St Vincent’s currently does not offer initial registration for overseas nurses or supervised practice programs.
The Nursing Refresher Program is for Division 1 Nurses.
Fees, funding, scholarships and government incentives
The Refresher Program has a $250 registration fee. Fees are payable by cash or cheque only. EFTPOS facilities are not currently available. Registration fees cover the cost of administration and course materials and are payable upon acceptance of a place in the program.
Nursing Return to Practice Program
This course is currently not offered in 2011
This course is designed to enable Registered Nurses Division 1 or Division 2 to update or refresh their current clinical skills developing the confidence and competence to return to work in a hospital setting.
Facts about the course
The course consists of:
- 1 day of general hospital orientation
- 11 supernumerary early (7am-3.30pm) clinical shifts in the area of your choice –excluding public holidays and weekends (some specialties including critical care are not currently available)
- basic life support and medication administration updates
- Move Smart training
- venepuncture, ECG, hand hygiene and clinical risk management updates.
11 paid supervised clinical shifts in an area of your choice. Available areas include:
- General Medical
- Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
- General Surgical
- Aged Care
The program can be completed full-time which includes 4 shifts per week for 3 weeks.
Clinical experience for Division 1 nurses is completed in our acute general medical/surgical wards at Fitzroy or in our subacute wards at both our Fitzroy and Kew campuses.
Clinical experience for Division 2 Nurses is offered in our subacute areas on both the Fitzroy and Kew campuses.
While participating in the program, students are supernumerary and fully supervised by a Division 1 registered nurse at all times.
A minimum of three courses are offered per year: March, April and August/September.
All applicants must hold a current Nurses Board of Victoria practicing certificate. Applicants will also need to provide a recent police check at time of interview.
Entry into the program will be based on candidates' overall suitability and interview performance. Eligiblilty for the Acute based Refresher Program is based on a maximum of 4 years since last acute inpatient nursing position. All applicants must provide a current police check and current Nurses Board practicing certificate at the time of interview.
For further information regarding any of our courses please contact:
Return to Practice Coordinator
Tel: (03) 9288 2841
Fax: (03) 9288 3866
For further information regarding registrations or eligibility of programs please contact the Nurses Board of Victoria at:
Tel: (03) 9635 2200