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Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)

2019 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) Registered Nurses

Second round offers for the 2019 TPPP for Registered Nurse positions have been completed by SA Health on Thursday 18 October 2018.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. However, offers may be made where a vacancy becomes available. For example, where a candidate declines or does not meet the pre-employment requirements.

Please note that all applications that have been assessed as suitable and have not been made an offer, will remain active.

SA Health may contact you directly should a position becomes available if it matches your ranking and location preferences.

SA Health has notified all candidates of the outcome of the 2019 TPPP for Registered Nurse applications via email on Thursday 4 October 2018.

Candidates who have been made a provisional offer have until 5:00pm Thursday 11 October 2018 to accept or decline the offer.

It is anticipated that SA Health will make some additional offers in late October 2018 to fill any positions that have been declined. Once this is completed 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 register for
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About Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

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 statewide 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 2019 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 2019 (late January through to early April).

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 2016
  • 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 to work across both Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital, a designated Clinical Support Nurse at each hospital for clinical 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 NALHN RN TPPP aims to facilitate a supportive environment that will enable the transitioning Registered Nurse to:
  • Adapt to the role of a professionally practicing registered nurse
  • Consolidate and further develop professional knowledge and skills relevant to the role of a Registered Nurse
  • Build confidence in clinical nursing practice whilst developing positive attributes and attitudes to work
  • Increase awareness and knowledge of the professional responsibilities and boundaries that apply to nursing practice
  • Transition into the role of a Registered Nurse and progress from a 'novice' to that of an 'advanced beginner', according to Benner's (1984) Novice to Expert Continuum
In addition, the NALHN RN TPPP 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 Registered Nurse standards for practice (NMBA 2016) and the recognition that transitioning Registered Nurses are entering the nursing profession as 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 and 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
  • Mental Health: Older Person's Mental Health
Modbury Hospital Placement Options
  • Medical Sub Specialties: Short Stay General Medical
  • Surgical Specialties and Anaesthetics: Short Stay Surgery, Operating Theatres and Recovery
  • Aged Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care: Geriatric Evaluation Management Unit, Rehabilitation Unit and Palliative Care Unit
  • Mental Health: Adult Mental Health
  • Critical Care: Emergency Department
Information sessions
The TPPP Coordinators
will conduct information sessions at:

Lyell McEwin Hospital
  • Main Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Level 2
  • Friday 6 July  2018:  2:00pm - 3:00pm
Modbury Hospital    
  • Auditorium, Education Centre, Ground Floor
  • Thursday 12 July 2018:  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 2017 TPPP Registered Nurses:

  • "Overall an exceptionally well run program"
  • "... Staff were incredible and I have made some lifelong friends which made the transition ten times easier and more comfortable...two very different rotations also helped me grow professionally and personally"
  • "I cannot express my extreme gratitude for this program. When I think about how lucky I am to have been a part of the NALHN TPPP I feel so blessed... I have felt consistently supported throughout my program..."
  • "Loved every minute of working at the Lyell McEwin..."
  • "...made some lifelong friends from this program. I grew as a person and am more confident as a professional..."
  • "Thank you for the opportunity... it has given me a firm foundation upon which to launch my career as a RN. I'm excited for what the future holds"
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
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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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