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Nambucca Valley Registered Nurse Collaboration Graduate Program

Nambucca Valley Care
Project Added:
1 January 2014
Last updated:
26 September 2014

Nambucca Valley Registered Nurse Collaboration Graduate Program

Nambucca Valley Care and Mid North Coast Local Health District

Summary

The program is a nursing staff recruitment and retention strategy for the Nambucca Valley. It is designed to attract new graduate Registered Nurses (RNs) to the Nambucca Valley by assisting their transition from study to nursing practice and offering exposure to a variety of settings as potential future career pathways. Two six-month rotations are completed in aged care and acute care settings. The program involves education, skills development and professional development support. 

Aim

To address the critical shortage of nurses by offering a new graduate program with a view to sustainably retain a younger cohort of nursing in the healthcare setting and the local community.

Benefits

  • New graduates develop skills and experience in acute and aged care.
  • Serious nursing shortages can be addressed.
  • Ageing population demographic of the region is addressed through relocation of working age people to the area. 
  • Improving patient outcomes.
  • Providing opportunities for greater job satisfaction and staff retention, adding value to the quality of care for patients.  
  • Potential cost savings over time for the partner organisations as the opportunities for resource sharing are realised.  

Project status 

Project started: 2011

Project status: Sustained. The project has been implemented, is sustained in standard business.  

Background

There is a need to attract healthcare professionals to the region and a need to address retention of nursing staff given significant numbers are lost in the first 12 months of practice. Added to these concerns is an ageing population in the Nambucca region with increasing healthcare needs and service use. In the Nambucca Shire people in the 65 and over age bracket are high level healthcare users and their numbers are predicted to increase substantially by 2021.

Implementation

The program is designed to attract new graduates to the Nambucca Valley by assisting their transition from study to nursing practice and offering a variety of settings for them to explore as future career pathways. Two six-month rotations are completed in aged care and acute care settings. 

During the program the Graduate Nurse is required to meet various practical assessments. The Graduate Nurse will demonstrate ongoing professional development in the areas of theoretical knowledge, problem solving, teamwork, documentation and communication.

An Orientation Program is undertaken at the beginning of each clinical rotation where all mandatory training and clinical competencies are completed.

One paid study day each month is provided during the fifty-two week program. The formal study days focus on consolidating clinical experience and clinical knowledge and facilitating the ongoing development of their clinical skills. The study days also provide the opportunity for graduates to debrief, share their experiences with other graduates and reflect on their practice.

There is a formal appraisal at 6 weeks, 6 months and 12 months. This involves both written and verbal feedback from both the Graduate Nurse’s preceptor and or the Nurse Unit Manager.

The formal assessment process aims to develop goals for ongoing development and identify any areas that need further support. The Nursing and Midwifery Board - National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse and other professional competency standards provide the framework for the assessment process.

The Clinical Governance Committee takes overall responsibility for the program and oversees that both the clinical and learning components of the program are implemented.

Both the Nambucca Valley Care and the Mid North Coast Local Health District service providers provide funding.  

Results

The first graduates begun in 2012, with three New Graduates completing the program. Two new graduates completed the program in 2013. The program is being run in 2014 with four new graduates. 

The New Graduates experience of the Program is measured at the completion of each year and findings are used to enhance and promote the Program. 

The New Graduates who have completed the program and management reported enhanced cooperation between the healthcare services because of their clear understanding and experience of working in each.

Contacts


Executive Care Manager
Nambucca Valley Care
Phone: 02 6598 5000


Deputy Director of Nursing, Macksville
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Phone: 02 6568 0636

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