Streams we offer

There are variety of streams available to participants in the Pathway to Specialty Practice program spread across two intakes - January and June. The streams vary from 6 month to 12 month duration.

The following streams are a 12 month program in a single setting

Community (St Vincent’s at Home- District Nursing) (January intake)

Community

St Vincent’s at Home provides multi-disciplinary home based care under Hospital in the Home (HITH) and District Nursing (DN) streams. The program aims to offer consumers the choice to receive care in their home, whilst supporting access and flow from acute, subacute and community. The program operates 7 days per week and receives referrals from all areas of SVHM and community providers. 

Theatre (Perioperative) (January and June intake)

Perioperative

The Operating suite consists of 12 theatres and performs more than 9000 operations per year.

During this rotation you may rotate through each specialty theatre and develop skills in the roles of both an instrument and circulating nurse role.

You will be involved in the planning and preparation for surgical procedures ensuing the appropriate instruments, equipment and consumables are available. Skills will involve care and management of instruments, maintain aseptic techniques, developing a surgical conscience, assisting the surgeon with procedures and gain great knowledge of anatomy. Dexterity, good organisational skills and teamwork are crucial in this environment. 


The following streams are 6 month programs

Intensive care (January and June intake)

ICU

The Department of Critical Care Medicine encompasses the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units, totalling 19 critical care beds. In this challenging and dynamic learning environment you will care for patients requiring high levels of organ support and monitoring. During your rotation you will develop strong assessment skills and sound clinical reasoning. Additional clinical services (such as the ICU Liaison Service and Donate Life) and in house non-clinical services (such as Research and Quality Improvement). 

Emergency (January and June intake)

Emergency

The Emergency Department is a challenging, dynamic learning environment with a great variety of patient presentations. It has 38 cubicles including resuscitation, acute, fast track, and short stay.

There is a strong emphasis on team work and being a member of a multidisciplinary team. During your rotation in the emergency department it is anticipated that you will develop strong assessment skills, learn to prioritise care and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The skills you develop during your rotation will be of value in any environment.

Cardiac - Cardiology and Coronary Care OR Cardiothoracic (June Intake)

Cardiology & Coronary Care

4 West is an 18 bed ward that comprises 6 CCU beds and 12 Cardiology/Respiratory beds.

The ward specialises in cardiology patients who have undergone coronary angioplasty, post-acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, endocarditis, heart failure, arrhythmia management and pacemaker insertion.

We also care for respiratory patients with exacerbation of chronic conditions including asthma and COPD, sometimes needing non-invasive ventilation.

Our nurses are highly skilled clinicians, many of whom have post graduate qualifications in cardiac and critical care. 4 West is an incredibly supportive nursing environment where you will have many opportunities to expand your knowledge in an acute environment. 

The following streams are 12 month programs including two 6 month rotations:

Neurosciences (January and June intake)

  • Neurosciences
  • ICU

Neurosciences

10 West is a 24-bed, acute surgical ward, with facilities for monitoring epilepsy. Common surgical procedures include craniotomies, tumour resections, spinal surgery, drainage of haemorrhages, and clipping of aneurysms.

The nursing is challenging, requires a multidisciplinary approach and learning is supported by ward based education sessions. The neurosciences teams are committed to the professional development of nursing staff.

ICU

The Department of Critical Care Medicine encompasses the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units, totalling 19 critical care beds. In this challenging and dynamic learning environment you will care for patients requiring high levels of organ support and monitoring. During your rotation you will develop strong assessment skills and sound clinical reasoning. Additional clinical services (such as the ICU Liaison Service and Donate Life) and in house non-clinical services (such as Research and Quality Improvement).

Critical Care (January and June intake)

  • ICU
  • Cardiology

ICU

The Department of Critical Care Medicine encompasses the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units, totalling 19 critical care beds. In this challenging and dynamic learning environment you will care for patients requiring high levels of organ support and monitoring. During your rotation you will develop strong assessment skills and sound clinical reasoning. Additional clinical services (such as the ICU Liaison Service and Donate Life) and in house non-clinical services (such as Research and Quality Improvement).

Cardiology & Coronary Care

4 West is an 18 bed ward that comprises 6 CCU beds and 12 Cardiology/Respiratory beds.

The ward specialises in cardiology patients who have undergone coronary angioplasty, post-acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, endocarditis, heart failure, arrhythmia management and pacemaker insertion.

We also care for respiratory patients with exacerbation of chronic conditions including asthma and COPD, sometimes needing non-invasive ventilation.

Our nurses are highly skilled clinicians, many of whom have post graduate qualifications in cardiac and critical care. 4 West is an incredibly supportive nursing environment where you will have many opportunities to expand your knowledge in an acute environment.

Correctional (January intake)

  • Correctional Health Unit (Fitzroy)
  • Emergency

Correctional

St Vincent’s Correctional Health Service provides acute medical, surgical and psycho-social care to prisoners in Victoria, through arrangements with Justice Health.

The Correctional Health Service operates from two locations; the St Vincent's campus in Fitzroy - St Augustine's, Port Phillip Prison at Laverton.

The St. Vincent's campus provides a ten-bed, maximum security in-patient unit, called St. Augustine's and offers state-wide tertiary services to Victorian prison population.

Within these facilities, St. Vincent's Correctional Health employs a wide range medical, nursing, medical professional and support services staff.

Emergency

The Emergency Department is a challenging, dynamic learning environment with a great variety of patient presentations. It has 38 cubicles including resuscitation, acute, fast track, short stay and new mental health hub.

There is a strong emphasis on team work and being a member of a multidisciplinary team. During your rotation in the emergency department it is anticipated that you will develop strong assessment skills, learn to prioritise care and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The skills you develop during your rotation will be of value in any environment.

Mental Health (January and June intake)

  • Mental Health (Acute Inpatient Unit)
  • Emergency

Acute Mental Health Services\

St Vincent's Mental Health (or Inner East Mental Health Service) provides psychiatric services to people who are aged between 16 and 65 and living in the cities of Yarra and Boroondara.

Emergency

The Emergency Department is a challenging, dynamic learning environment with a great variety of patient presentations. It has 38 cubicles including resuscitation, acute, fast track, short stay and new mental health hub.

There is a strong emphasis on team work and being a member of a multidisciplinary team. During your rotation in the emergency department it is anticipated that you will develop strong assessment skills, learn to prioritise care and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The skills you develop during your rotation will be of value in any environment.

Theatre (January and June intake)

  • Anaesthetics
  • Recovery

Post Anaesthetic Care Unit

The PACU consists of an 18 bay, high acuity  unit that provides immediate post-operative care for patients following surgery.

During this rotation you be exposed to skills including but not limited to systematic patient assessment, airway management, early recognition of post-operative complications, pain and post op nausea and vomiting management and haemodynamic monitoring in all surgical specialities.

Anaesthetics

The  Anaesthetic rotation will include but not limited to conducting systematic patient assessment skills, airway management, different anaesthetic techniques and haemodynamic monitoring related to cardiac and respiratory function

Support from education, specialised nurses and learning packages will reinforce your knowledge and skills in both Anaesthetics and PACU.

Renal (January and June intake)

  • Dialysis
  • Stroke, Renal, Neurology, Dermatology and General Medicine

Dialysis

St Vincent’s Nephrology Service provides a full range of dialysis services for patients experiencing acute and chronic renal failure. It caters for a wide range of patient needs including acute, satellite and home services, as well as pre-dialysis assessment and education and work up for transplantation.

On-site dialysis is provided at St Vincent’s, Fitzroy and St George’s, Kew. The service also offers supportive care for St Vincent’s & Mercy Private and Peter McCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC) and supports satellite dialysis services in Sale, Werribee, Warrnambool, Swan Hill, Kyabram and Shepparton.

The main Dialysis Unit is a 15-chair community facility where you will appreciate the role and importance kidneys play as a major body system.

The Dialysis Unit also has a Home Therapies Unit –the teaching for both home haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis is undertaken in the community unit and at home.

You will have the opportunity to spend time in the acute Dialysis Unit in the inpatient building and gain experience with dialysis access, education, sterile techniques and state-of-the-art dialysis technology.

Stroke, Renal, Neurology, Dermatology & General Medicine

10 East is a 24-bed ward with a co-located 4 bed inpatient dialysis treatment area. Nursing staff care for patients with a variety of medical conditions, ranging from acute stroke, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy to acute renal failure.

There is also an opportunity to care for renal transplant patient’s pre and post operatively and a strong multidisciplinary team approach to patient care.

Cardiac (a combination of two rotations) January intake

  • Cardiac Investigations Unit
  • Cardiology and Coronary care
  • Cardiothoracic

Cardiology & Coronary Care

4 West is an 18 bed ward that comprises 6 CCU beds and 12 Cardiology/Respiratory beds.

The ward specialises in cardiology patients who have undergone coronary angioplasty, post-acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, endocarditis, heart failure, arrhythmia management and pacemaker insertion.

We also care for respiratory patients with exacerbation of chronic conditions including asthma and COPD, sometimes needing non-invasive ventilation.

Our nurses are highly skilled clinicians, many of whom have post graduate qualifications in cardiac and critical care. 4 West is an incredibly supportive nursing environment where you will have many opportunities to expand your knowledge in an acute environment.

Cardiothoracic Unit

4 East is a 20 bed ward with 4 Respiratory medicine beds. The patient mix includes cardiac patients from the Intensive Care Unit that may have temporary cardiac pacing.
Patients are admitted from home for procedures such as CAGs, valve replacement, PPM insertions and thoracic surgery including VATs pleurodesis, lobectomies and pneumonectomies. All the beds on this unit have cardiac monitoring, as patient conditions can change quickly, so assessment skills will become refined.

Palliative care and Cancer services (January and June intake)

  • Palliative care (Caritas Christi Unit, Kew)
  • Oncology and Haematology

Palliative Care

Caritas Christi provides care to patients and their families with progressive diseases that are not responsive to curative treatment. Diagnoses include cancer and end stage organ failure.

It can be a very rewarding rotation, where they can gain skills in assessing and managing pain and other symptoms, using syringe drivers, and communicating with patients and their families while assisting them with their psychological, emotional and spiritual concerns. The model of care encourages holistic assessment by the multidisciplinary team. Nurses are encouraged to attend regular staff support sessions and a Palliative Care education program.

The program assists in consolidating knowledge on topics such as pain and symptom management, caregiver needs, and spiritual, pastoral and ethical principles.

Cancer and Haematology

A 28 bed ward located across the 6 floor, patients are admitted for a variety of conditions, including acute leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, primary and metastatic tumour disease, autologous stem cell transplantation, palliation and islet cell transplantation.

The nursing team is highly skilled, enthusiastic and committed to quality patient care. We pride ourselves on our friendly approach and dedication to our patients.

Specialty surgical (a combination of any two rotations) January and June intake

  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Orthopaedic/Rheumatology
  • Colorectal/Gastroenterology/Urology
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery/Hepatobiliary Surgery/Dept of Surgery-Breast & Endocrine
  • Ear, Nose & Throat, Plastics & Vascular

Orthopaedics

9 East is a 24-bed surgical ward, caring for patients undergoing elective (joint replacement surgery) and emergency orthopaedic procedures, we also have a number of beds allocated for the care of rheumatology patients. It’s a very supportive team environment, fun and fast paced. There are regular local education sessions held on the unit, and local competencies to complete.

9 West is a 20-bed unit specialising in orthopaedic oncology. The unit cares for patients requiring surgical intervention for tumours of the musculoskeletal system and orthopaedic trauma, and has endocrinology beds. The nursing teams are dynamic with a focus on providing Graduate support and education to ensure best patient outcomes.

Colorectal/Gastroenterology/Urology

7 West is a 25 bed busy acute ward with a variety of complex patients requiring procedures such as TURP’s and prostatectomies, the medical and/or surgical management of bowel diseases and conditions such as pancreatitis and ascites.

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery/Hepatobiliary/ Department of Surgery- Breast & Endocrine

7 East is a busy, fast paced 28-bed ward with 2 main surgical units. The patient mix varies between short stay/high turnover and high dependency.

The team is focused on excellent standards of care and work hard to achieve the right patient outcome. 7 East nurses are hard working, friendly, supportive and encouraging. There is a strong commitment to staff development, ongoing education and teamwork.

Ear, Nose and Throat / Vascular / Plastics

5 West is a 29 bed ward and a microsurgery unit renowned for being world leaders.

The ward specialises in surgery of head and neck cancers requiring reconstruction, AAA repairs using endoluminel grafts, vascular bypass surgery, skin grafts, reconstruction following mastectomies, free flaps, amputations, and replants of digits and limbs.

Specialty Medicine (a combination of any two rotations) January and June intake

  • General Medicine
  • Stroke, renal, neurology, dermatology and general medicine
  • Geriatric Evaluation & Management (GEM-St Vincent’s on the Park Campus)
  • Emergency

General Medicine Unit

8 East is a 24 bed unit consisting of four medical units and four GEM beds. Our patients have varied and complex medical conditions providing a great introduction into other speciality areas such as neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, respiratory, endocrinology, oncology, gerontology, palliative care and infectious diseases.

We are the primary discharge destination for ICU medical patients and we embrace a multidisciplinary team approach to patient assessment, evaluation and discharge planning to provide optimal patient outcomes.

8 West is a 24 bed ward which provides a multidisciplinary assessment of General Medical patients admitted via Emergency and ICU. The General Medicine unit includes 4 cardiac monitored beds and 4 GEM plus sub-acute beds.

The unit is a dynamic environment with a high patient turnover and a patient population with diverse and complex medical conditions.

Stroke, Renal, Neurology, Dermatology & General Medicine

10 East is a 24-bed ward with a co-located 4 bed inpatient dialysis treatment area. Nursing staff care for patients with a variety of medical conditions, ranging from acute stroke, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy to acute renal failure.

There is also an opportunity to care for renal transplant patient’s pre and post operatively and a strong multidisciplinary team approach to patient care.

Geriatric Evaluation Management (GEM)

This sub-acute unit has 22 beds and provides an excellent opportunity to consolidate your skills as a clinician in a friendly and positive environment.

It is a busy ward, admitting patients with medical and post-surgical conditions/ co-morbidities, e.g. orthopaedic, cardiac surgery, respiratory disease, unstable diabetes, delirium, renal impairment and neurological conditions.

The multidisciplinary approach to care ensures patients achieve optimum health and function prior to discharge. GEM Fitzroy rotations do not include night duty

Emergency

The Emergency Department is a challenging, dynamic learning environment with a great variety of patient presentations. It has 38 cubicles including resuscitation, acute, fast track, short stay and new mental health hub.

There is a strong emphasis on team work and being a member of a multidisciplinary team. During your rotation in the emergency department it is anticipated that you will develop strong assessment skills, learn to prioritise care and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The skills you develop during your rotation will be of value in any environment.

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