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Country Health SA Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses, 2014

A program to facilitate the successful Transition to Professional Practice (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Applications for the 2014 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health made second round offers for TPPP Registered Nurse positions on Wednesday 16 October 2013.

SA Health will not be making any further formal rounds of offers but will offer places where a vacancy becomes available, for example when a candidate declines or does not meet pre-employment requirements.

All applications that were assessed as suitable but have not been made an offer will remain active and SA Health may contact you directly should a position become available which matches your ranking and location preferences.

Nursing in all locations across Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) will provide you with many challenging and rewarding times that we hope will mark the beginning of a long and successful nursing career.

Nurses and midwives across CHSALHN are very supportive of this program and we believe that you will gain valuable experience in the country working as a Registered Nurse. There will be opportunity to form close working relationships with your nursing and midwifery peers as well as a multitude of other health professionals as you develop the skills, knowledge, confidence, attitudes and attributes required for patient centred professional practice.

You will be able to learn a great deal from the people you work with, there will undoubtedly be times that there will be questions and difficulties, if so we encourage TPPP participants to ask for assistance. We have implemented processes that will provide you with support during this time.

CHSALHN works hard to provide opportunities to enable nurses to consolidate and extend professional competence and confidence and recognises that as a newly qualified Registered Nurse you also have many skills to bring to the organisation and patient care.

The diversity of rural and regional nursing and of our health workforce means that each Registered Nurse experience in their first year will be unique. For any person, starting work in a new role and place can be extremely daunting as it takes time to become familiar with routines, expectations, people and the environment.

Country Health SA's commitment to developing and supporting staff in a positive work environment while recognising the transitioning experience will be different for each person is a strength of our program.

The South Australian country wide TPPP provides graduates with common elements (listed below) in a structured program to support transition.

  • TPPP Coordinator / Facilitator
  • Orientation and induction to SA Health and registered role and responsibilities
  • Practice support - preceptor / allocated clinical support
  • Online program to support learning and development
  • Leadership development
  • TPPP study days for professional development
  • Networking and collaboration with other graduates
  • Opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that will provide a strong foundation for your nursing career
About Country Health SA

Did you know Country South Australia?
  • Covers almost 1 million square kilometres and makes up approximately 99.8% of the state
  • Has a population of 456,857 people or approximately one third of the state
  • 52% of Indigenous Australians live in country South Australia (2006 census data)
  • There are 65 public hospitals and health services in country South Australia and 240 sites where health services are provided by a valued workforce of over 8,000 employees. From Ceduna in the far west to Coober Pedy in the north, Mount Gambier in the southeast to Riverland in the east and as close as Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills, we are committed to the provision of safe and high quality services that protect and enhance the health of rural South Australians and those travelling through country South Australia.
Local communities have reduced access to medical and other health services when compared to major regional and capital cities. Country nurses are important members of the local community; they require a broad knowledge and skill base and well developed clinical decision making skills. CHSALHN provides opportunities to develop skills with education and training in Emergency Nursing and advanced life support encouraged for all nurses. This provides a great foundation for a career in nursing.

When you join our dynamic workforce you will have opportunity to:
  • Escape the hustle and bustle of city life
  • Take advantage of the endless possibilities for adventure relaxation, recreation and sight seeing
  • Experience cultural diversity, outback locations and regional city conveniences
  • Work in innovative roles to improve the community's health outcomes and wellbeing
  • Work closely with a variety of inter-professional peers and community members
  • Be challenged to expand your professional knowledge, skills and confidence across a vast and dynamic range of clinical and non clinical functions
  • Build a solid foundation for your career
  • Make a real difference and be an important part of your community
Being part of Country Health SA means you:
  • Will be supported both personally and professionally
  • Can take advantage of education and training opportunities
  • Will be part of an inter-professional approach to holistic health care
  • Have life style and employment opportunities waiting for you
What does the TPPP look like in Country Health SA?
CHSALHN employs approximately 75 newly graduated Registered Nurses each year across a large geographical landscape in a variety of health service settings. There are a variety of locations including large general health services, moderate sized health units and smaller health units.

Most programs commence at the beginning of the year. Full time and part time positions maybe offered. The TPPP program for Registered Nurses is a 52 week program including 6 weeks annual leave.

Planned rotation through clinical areas is organised to maximise opportunities to gain experience while supported as a new Registered Nurse.

Transitioning Registered Nurses will be employed by one of the Health Units. CHSALHN transition programs have a region approach and experience may be offered at more than one health unit.

We encourage you to refer to the site information and contact the health unit you are interested in working in for specific detail re starting dates, rotations, facilities so you can get a better understanding of what you can expect.

The  contact person will also be able to give you information about the local community, transport, accommodation and the local area.
Why apply for Country Health SA?
Apart from the many and varied opportunities rural and remote nursing offers there are some other additional benefits of working in Country Health SA and these include:

  • Payment of a Rural and Remote Service Incentive Payment (Zone allowance) at many sites. The zone allowance varies between locations and is in addition to the base salary
  • Accommodation is available at some sites
  • Priority for permanent employment (on completion of the program) is given to Graduate Nurses wherever possible, but ongoing employment is not guaranteed
  • Flexibility to tailor a programme to your needs, at some sites, in consultation with the Health Unit Executive Officer/Director of Nursing & Midwifery and the TPPP Program Facilitators
  • Your contribution to the healthcare team and local community is highly valued
Where to get more information?
The links below provide information about the Rural Health Regions and the health units within the Region that will have TPPP positions in 2014.

CHSALHN is continually working to increase opportunities for TPPP Registerd Nurses.
So please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Rural Region
Eyre, Flinders & Far North Rural Region
Riverland, Mallee Coorong Rural Region
South East Rural Region
Yorke & Northern Rural Region
Information Sessions
A Country Health representative will be conducting information sessions where you can find out more about the programs and opportunities in Country Health SA.

If you have an interest in working at a Country Health SA location you are encouraged to attend:
  • Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh (check the board for room details)
  • Wednesday 17 July 2013:         9:30am - 10:30am
  • Wednesday 17 July 2013:       11:00am - 12:00noon
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You will find that most questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions document, which you are requested to read prior to contacting us.

The website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

If we haven't answered your question please contact us via email
and ensure that TPPP Registered Nurse Query is placed in the subject line.

Applications for the 2014 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

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