Frequently Asked Questions
What is required in my application?
Complete applications must include:
- A letter of application outlining career objectives and rotation stream preferences.
- Current Curriculum Vitae.
- Certified copies of all Clinical Placement Books and Assessments from 2nd and 3rd year placements.
- Minimum of two professional referees from clinical placements (excluding mental health placements).
- Certified copy of academic transcript.
- A passport photo.
What are the requirements to be eligible to apply?
Stawell Regional Health(SRH) Graduate Nurse Program(GNP) uses the Graduate Nurse/Midwife Program Match (GNMP), Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) computer match system. Please refer to their website for eligibility requirements.
I am an interstate or international applicant. Am I eligible to apply?
SRH uses the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria computer match program for all graduate positions. However, if you are ineligible for the computer match (as per PMCV criteria) you may send your details to the Education Manager at SRH for consideration of future employment opportunities.
Who do I address my letter of application to?
Your letter of application is to be addressed to the Education Manager at Stawell Regional Health.
Where do I send my application?
Applications are to be submitted to Stawell Regional Health in hard copy. They are to be addressed to the Education Manager and posted to: Stawell Regional Health, Sloane Street, Stawell, Victoria 3380. You will receive an email from the Education Department confirming receipt of your application.
Does my application need to be complete to be considered for an interview?
Yes. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered for interview. Attention to detail creates a positive impression and ensuring your application is of a high standard is important.
What is required for a certified true copy of a document?
There are a range of individuals who are authorised to certify documentation. Please refer to the AHPRA list of requirements at the link below when providing certified true copies of required documents at https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Certifying-Documents.aspx
Who can I use as a referee?
A minimum of two professional referees from clinical placements is required as part of your application (clinical facilitators from mental health placements are not to be used).
How are interviews conducted at SRH?
Candidates will participate in a group interview process followed by short individual interviews. Interviews are currently scheduled for early August 2017.
What sort of questions should I expect in the interview?
Candidates will be asked a variety of questions relating to adult learning, clinical scenarios, communication and professional issues. Questions are based on the ANMC Competencies.
What is the nurse-patient ratio at SRH?
The acute care ward and residential aged care facility utilise “team nursing” models to provide patient and resident centred care. Nurses work closely as part of a team to support each other and to ensure optimal health outcomes for patients and residents.
What medical support is available to me at SRH?
Visiting Medical Officers attend SRH as needed for patient care. VMO’s work closely with nursing staff to plan and deliver the medical care of inpatients.
What involvement with Allied Health will I have at SRH?
SRH nurses work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. There are ten Allied Health disciplines across SRH including; Community Health Nursing, Diabetes Education, Exercise Physiology, Health Promotion, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Social Work and Speech Pathology.
Do graduate nurses work full-time or part-time at SRH?
All graduates are employed at 0.8 EFT (8 shifts/64 hours per fortnight).
Will I have a preceptor?
Yes. Graduates are allocated a preceptor/s in each clinical area for the duration of each rotation.
What clinical support is available to me?
Graduates are supported through the program by members of the Education Team. A Clinical Support Nurse Educator coordinates the program and works closely with graduates in all rotations to ensure a smooth and successful transition into professional practice.
What does the program include?
SRH offers an extensive orientation at the start of the program and provides graduates with supernumerary time at the commencement of each rotation. Graduates attend study days with other graduate nurses within the Grampians region throughout the program. Graduates also have access to an innovative and interactive online learning platform and are required to complete all mandatory education as part of their employment.
When does the GNP start?
The program commences in late January 2017 and is 52 weeks in duration.
What is the MeRGE program?
The Metro-Rural Graduate Experience (MERGE) Program is an opportunity to undertake the graduate nurse program within a cooperative partnership between Western Health’s tertiary specialty areas and the rural health setting at Stawell. SRH graduates rotate to one of Western Health’s Melbourne campuses for the final 6 months of their graduate year while a graduate from Western Health rotates to the acute ward at SRH.
Other than clinical practice, what else is involved in the GNP?
In addition to clinical rotations as outlined above, graduates are required to:
- Attend fortnightly graduate support sessions.
- Conduct an in-service presentation to colleagues.
- Complete specified clinical competencies (e.g. IV cannulation).
- Complete a quality improvement project.
- Complete a comprehensive patient case study with a focus on one ethical issue.
- Attend rostered study days with other graduates within the region.
- Attend a clinical skills day focusing on emergency nursing.
What opportunities are available to graduates at the end of the program?
Graduate nurses are encouraged to submit an expression of interest to the Director of Clinical Services towards the end of the GNP regarding future employment opportunities at SRH.
How do I obtain further information?
You can contact the Education Department at any time during business hours on 03 5358 8635 to speak with the Clinical Support Nurse Educator or 03 5358 8637 to speak with the Education Manager or email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org