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Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)

2017 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) Registered Nurses

On Wednesday 5 October 2016 emails were sent to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2017 TPPP for Registered Nurses application.

Candidates who were made a provisional offer had until 12 October 2016 to accept or decline the offer.
Second round offers were made on Thursday 20 October 2016. SA Health has now completed the first and second round offers.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. As the take up rate for the TPPP offers has been very high SA Health anticipates there will be limited opportunities to make further offers. From this point forward SA Health will only make offers where a candidate withdraws or does not meet the provisional employment conditions.

Candidates interested in other employment opportunities with SA Health are encouraged to monitor the
SA Health careers website

The Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) provides care for around 345,000 people living in the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide as well as providing a number of state-wide services, and services to those in regional areas. NALHN provides a range of acute and sub-acute health services for people of all ages. There are two hospitals within this network; Lyell McEwin Hospital (LMH) and Modbury Hospital (MH).

Within NALHN, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality teaching, research and community services and we have a proud and strong tradition of providing excellent clinical care. We are committed to providing equitable and accessible health care to all members of the community.

LMH and MH are both recognised as leading teaching institutions for health care professionals. Both LMH and MH have collaborative relationships with Universities. MH is affiliated with the University of Adelaide. LMH is affiliated to the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University.

The NALHN Transition to Professional Practice Program for Registered Nurses 2017 will be offered at Lyell McEwin and Modbury Hospitals.

Please note there is a Local Health Network approach to the service that is provided to the Northern Region. Therefore, program participants may be required to undertake placements at both sites.

The Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) offered by NALHN is a 52 week program inclusive of six weeks annual leave. There will be a number of intakes early in 2017.

Program Details
  • Comprehensive Hospital and Unit orientation
  • Clinical supernumerary days
  • 2 clinical rotations
  • 5 professional development days
  • Regular debrief sessions
  • Dedicated clinical support
  • Preceptorship and peer support
  • Full-time and part-time contracts are available (minimum hours 0.84 FTE / 8 days a fortnight)
  • Salaries paid in accordance with the Nurses (SA Public Sector) Award 2002 and Nurses/Midwives (SA Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2013
  • Annual leave will be accrued according to actual hours worked and is pre-programed. Six weeks leave will be taken within the contract period.
Start dates
Further information about intakes and commencement dates will be available during the online application process.

Program Support
The program employs a TPPP Co-ordinator and Clinical Support Nurse at both Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital for dedicated teaching, guidance and support to assist the transition process of each Registered Nurse. There is a strong focus on preceptorship and peer support throughout the TPPP.

Program Aims
The program aims to facilitate a supportive environment that will enable the transitioning Registered Nurse to:

  • Develop positive attributes and attitudes to work
  • Consolidate and develop skills relevant to professional nursing practice
  • Build confidence in clinical nursing practice
  • Further develop understanding of professional responsibilities and boundaries and appropriately apply this to nursing practice (SA Health 2004)
The TPPP for Registered Nurses seeks to minimise any potential or actual 'transition shock' (Boychuk Duchscher  2009) by assisting the transitioning Registered Nurse with their role adaption within a professional framework. This is underpinned by the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse (NMBA 2013) and recognition that transitioning Registered Nurses are predominately novice practitioners (Benner 1984).

Placement options
TPPP RNs will be able to nominate preferences for their two clinical placements, however due to the limited number of specialty placements only one specialty rotation per participant may be available.

Lyell McEwin Hospital Placement Options
  • Medical Sub Specialties: General Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Acute Medical Unit, Neurology/Stroke Medicine, Gastroenterology, Cardiac Care,Endocrinology, Renal
  • Surgical Specialties and Anaesthetics: General Surgery, Short Stay Surgery, Operating Theatres and Recovery
  • Critical Care: Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department
  • Women and Children's: Paediatric Unit
Modbury Hospital Placement Options
  • Medical Sub Specialties: Short Stay General Medical
  • Surgical Specialties and Anaesthetics: General Surgery, Operating Theatres and Recovery
  • Critical Care: Emergency Department
  • Aged Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care: Geriatric Evaluation Management Unit, Rehabilitation Unit and Palliative Care Unit
Information sessions
The TPPP Coordinators
will conduct information sessions on:

Lyell McEwin Hospital
  • Main Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Level 2
  • Thursday 7 July  2016:  2:00pm - 3:00pm
Modbury Hospital    
  • Auditorium, Education Centre, Ground Floor
  • Monday 18 July 2016:  2:00pm - 3:00pm
We invite you to our program information sessions. This is a great opportunity to meet some of our staff and ask any questions you may have in regards to the program or the application process. We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you what the NALHN TPPP for Registered Nurses has to offer.

For more information about the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Comments from past TPPP Registered Nurses:

  • "This program has exceeded expectations" ...."it strengthened my skills and I was able to overcome my fear of being a fresh graduate from uni"
  • "The TPPP was the best way to give my nursing career the greatest start possible. Lyell McEwin feels like home now, with the amazing supportive clinical and management nursing staff, from the very start of the program your learning is facilitated within a supportive environment"
  • "I wouldn't change anything, with all the friends I have made, the new skills I have been taught, the lovely people I have met, along with the patients and their families I have been fortunate enough to care for, have all been wonderful experiences"
  • "I'm so glad I chose Modbury to do my TPPP - the most supportive team and nicest people"
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


Please ensure you have read the Frequently Asked Questions and answers prior to contacting us.  If we haven't answered your question please submit it via email to in the subject line please ensure you state TPPP REGISTERED NURSE QUERY

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