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Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course

St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney offers four perioperative focused post graduate units of study that articulate with University programs:

  • Specialty Practice 1
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Specialty Practice 2
  • Clinical Practice 2

SVH Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course

The St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course aims to prepare graduate registered nurses to work as specialists in perioperative nursing in the roles of the instrument and circulating nurse. The course provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills by integrating theory and perioperative nursing clinical practice in order to engage in clinical decision making.

The St Vincent’s Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course is run over one year and incorporates two perioperative units: Specialty Practice 1 and Clinical Practice 1.  Information below includes;

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FEATURES OF THE COURSE

A feature of  is the SVH Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course is the Structured Clinical Rotations: students may gain clinical experience in the roles of anaesthetics, circulating, instrument and recovery room nursing. Surgical specialties include: Cardiac, ENT, General, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Plastics, Thoracic, Trauma, Urology, Vascular and Gynecology & Obstetrics (at the Royal Hospital for Women). Programs may include rotations to relevant areas of other hospitals to meet specific clinical requirements.

Clinical Assessments: Student progress throughout Clinical Practice Units is assessed on an individual basis utilising a variety of assessment methods and tools.  Assessments will include specialty clinical competencies; standardised learning contracts for clinical rotations, professional performance reviews, presentations and written assessments.

Study Days are allocated for clinically focused learning in both units.  Content of these Study Days is designed to complement the theoretical content of tertiary programs.  Teaching and Learning strategies may include lectures and tutorials, clinical visits, literature appraisal, discussions, assessments, self-directed learning opportunities and presentations.

Educational and Clinical Support: Emphasis is placed on adult learning principles, which encourage individuals to take responsibility for personal and professional development.  All clinical areas have Clinical Nurse Educators to provide guidance and support.  The Nurse Educator’s responsibility is in teaching participants effective learning strategies such as independent and/or self-directed learning.  This type of learning contributes to personal and professional growth, promotes lifelong learning and enables the individual to pursue excellence in patient care.

COURSE UNIT DESCRIPTIONS

Specialty Practice 1 (SP1) 
The aim of this unit is to prepare students to provide holistic care in perioperative nursing.  Students will examine and apply knowledge and skills for safe, competent person and family-centred care relevant to perioperative nursing.  The unit focuses on enabling students to perform a comprehensive health assessment and prioritise, implement and evaluate appropriate nursing care. 

Specialty Practice 1 is conducted in first semester and includes five (5) study days (40 hours).
This unit may be undertaken independently of Clinical Practice 1.
The Specialty Practice 1 unit attracts credit within the ACU Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.  Students wishing to complete a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing offered by ACU may undertake Specialty Practice 2 at St Vincent’s Hospital (or with ACU) and two (2) remaining online ACU units.

Clinical Practice 1 (CP1) 
The aim of this unit is to provide opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills by integrating theory and Perioperative nursing practice, in order to engage in clinical decision making.  The unit focuses on enabling students to utilise a multi-conceptual approach competently when caring for the patient.  Students will be required to reflect upon practice and to critically evaluate nursing interventions in terms of evidence based practice.

Clinical Practice 1 is conducted over 2 semesters, with clinical rotations and assessment over both semesters and with five (5) study days in second semester.

Students undertaking Clinical Practice 1 must have completed or be undertaking Specialty Practice 1 concurrently.
The Clinical Practice 1 unit attracts credit within the ACU Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing

NOMENCLATURE OF AWARD

One successful completion of the one year St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course (incorporating two units) a Certificate of Clinical Competence (Perioperative) is awarded by St Vincent’s Hospital.

APPLICATIONS

Closing Date: Tuesday 5th November 2013.

Applicants are required to complete an online application form.

For further enquires please contact:
Perioperative Nurse Educator Ph. (02) 8382 2653   
Margaret Butler: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
For general enquiries please contact the Manager Nurse Education Ph. (02) 8382 2322

Commencement Date:  The 2014 St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course commences on Monday 3rd February 2014 and concludes in December.

Student Selection
The selection of St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course students is based on academic and employment suitability.

To be eligible for the course Registered Nurses must have an undergraduate degree in nursing or equivalent qualification, eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in Australia, and have a minimum of 12 months’ post registration medical/surgical nursing experience and a minimum of 6 months’ experience in perioperative nursing by the course commencement date.

All applicants for the SVH Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course are required to be employed within the Perioperative environment of St. Vincent’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital or Mater Hospital.  Applicants are required to have a positive appraisal from their current (preferable) or previous employer. 

As positions are limited nurses are required to seek full time employment prior to applying.  Employment is offered on a full time basis and rotating rosters apply. Employment conditions are in accordance with the NSW Nurses (State) Award.

Note: Registered Nurses employed external to SVH are able to apply for Specialty Practice Units only, not the SVH Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course.

Costs:  There are no fees for Specialty Practice 1 and Clinical Practice 1 when undertaken concurrently within the St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course. If undertaken independently of SVH Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course Specialty Practice 1 is fee-paying unit and attracts a cost of $900 for the unit. Fees may be eligible for tax deduction.

Additional Units

It is recommended all students complete a tertiary program in addition to the St Vincent’s Hospital Postgraduate Perioperative Nursing Course with ultimate aim of completing a Masters.

Two additional elective units, which articulate with ACU University Graduate Certificate  and Masters, are offered by St Vincent’s Hospital for nurses wanting to further advance their knowledge, skills and qualifications. 

Specialty Practice 2 (SP2)

This unit builds on and extends the knowledge and understanding acquired in previous units. The aim is to prepare students to develop further their skills in providing holistic care, including person and family-centred health promotion in perioperative care. The focus of the unit is on enhancing skills to work within the collaborative team on planning care for people and families experiencing complex health problems. The students’ ability to articulate the evidence base for clinical decisions will be facilitated.

Specialty Practice 2 is conducted in second semester over 12 weeks with lectures for three (3) hours per week each Tuesday evening. 

Specialty Practice 1 is a pre-requisite for Specialty Practice 2.

The Specialty Practice 2 unit attracts credit within the ACU Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.  Students wishing to complete a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing offered by ACU may undertake two (2) remaining online theory units.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate allows students to continue further study at Diploma and Masters level.

Clinical Practice 2 (CP2)

This unit builds on and extends the knowledge and understanding acquired in Clinical Practice 1. The aim is to prepare students to provide increasingly complex patient care at the beginning level of an perioperative nurse leader. The focus of the unit is on developing the students’ ability to participate in delivering advanced treatments of care; while demonstrating critical thought and developing skills in perioperative team leadership and management. Content includes;

  • Clinical Study Days: 40 hours have been allocated as Study Days for clinically focused learning. Teaching and Learning strategies include lectures, hands on skill acquisition and self-directed learning opportunities.
  • Clinical Assessments: Student progress throughout the Clinical Practice Units will be assessed on an individual basis utilising a variety of assessment methods and tools.  Assessments will include specialty clinical competencies; standardised learning contracts for clinical rotations, professional performance reviews, presentations and written assessments.
  • Clinical Leadership/Management: Experience will be gained in leadership within the Perioperative environment.  Students will gain experience in the role of team leader and, following consultation with Nurse Managers, experience may be gained in management roles.

The Clinical Practice 2 unit attracts credit within the ACU Masters in Clinical Nursing.  

Student Selection
The selection of students for Specialty Practice Units and Clinical Practice 2 is based on academic and employment suitability.

To be eligible for the course Registered Nurses must have an undergraduate degree in nursing or equivalent qualification, eligibility for registration as a nurse in Australia, and have a minimum of 12 months’ post registration medical/surgical nursing experience and a minimum of 6 months’ experience in perioperative nursing by the unit commencement date.

Applicants are required to be currently working in the perioperative environment.  Registered Nurses employed external to SVH are welcome to apply for Specialty Practice Units.

Cost
Specialty Practice 1 (when undertaken independently), Specialty Practice 2 and Clinical Practice are fee-paying units and attract a cost of $900 per unit. Fees may be eligible for tax deduction.

Scholarships

To financially assist students, St Vincent's Hospital Division of Nursing offers a defined number of scholarships in an endeavor to support RNs to undertake tertiary based Post Graduate study that relate to clinical specialties at St Vincent’s Hospital.

For further information, please contact the Nurse Manager of Education Ph. (02) 8382 2322  
Scholarships are also available through various other organisations, such as the NSW Department of Health, the NSW Nurses Association and the Nurses’ and Midwifery Board.