Nursing graduate programs

CAHS Nursing Transition to Practice Programs provide a supportive learning environment to enable the newly qualified nurse to evolve their practice to the level of a confident, competent registered nurse.

Under the CAHS Nursing Transition to Practice program, we offer positions across:

  • Perth Children's Hospital
  • Neonatology
  • Community Health
  • Mental Health (CAMHS)

The graduate program has given me strong foundation for my future nursing career and my experiences have strengthened my communication skills as well as my ability to advocate for children and their families. - Edwina, Perioperative Graduate Nurse

Read the testimonials from nurses who have participated in our programs.

Program objectives

Support transition of a newly qualified nurse to the role of a Registered Nurse at CAHS by:

  • Developing and consolidate their clinical, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Promoting personal self-confidence to help cope with stressful situations in the workplace
  • Promoting development of partnerships that support teamwork and collaborative relationships between the nurse, the organisation and consumers
  • Promoting a focus on professionalism and accountability through:
    • Maintaining a focus on patient safety and best practice
    • Networking and collegiate support
    • Familiarisation with CAHS policies and procedures.

Our program

The program offers placements in a variety of streams across acute, ambulatory and/ or community settings including medical, peri-operative, mental health and community health.

Graduate nurses will be offered specific orientations that will enhance their role development, reflective practice and clinical knowledge. This includes supernumerary time at the beginning of each new placement.

The program is structured to provide a variety of point of care learning opportunities, clinical hours, tutorials and study days aimed at developing clinical excellence within a safe and supportive environment.

Participants in the program are overseen and supported by throughout the program by the Transition to Practice Program Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Manager, Staff Development Nurse and senior staff within the clinical area.

Program details

  • 12-month program
  • Two intakes per year
  • Two six-month rotations

Placements are in a variety of clinical area in the acute care setting including:

  • medical
  • surgical
  • emergency
  • neonatology
  • mental health
  • community health.

*Graduate Nurses who are successfully placed in the Community Health or Mental Health streams have the additional opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies in collaboration with Higher Education Providers. For more detailed information regarding these streams, please refer to the tabs for Community Health Stream or Mental Health Stream below.

How to apply

Recruitment for the 12 month program occurs annually through GradConnect, the WA Department of Health’s centralised graduate recruitment website.

For more information

If you have any questions relating to the CAHS Transition to Practice Program, please contact the Transition to Practice Program Coordinator.

Find out more about our Community Health and Mental Health streams:

The Transition to Practice Program - Community Health stream is a 12-month program in community health nursing, being run in partnership with Curtin University.

The program is designed for graduate nurses interested in a community primary health specialisation. Community Health offers a unique opportunity for graduates to provide early identification, prevention and intervention community-based services to children, adolescents and their families. These services improve health outcomes and support the growth and development of healthy communities and school populations.

Our program

The program offers a safe and supportive environment where newly qualified nurses will develop clinical knowledge and competence, working across a variety of practice settings, experiences and locations in school and child health services. 

Participants in the program are supported through a variety of learning opportunities, skills training, tutorials and study days facilitated by a dedicated program clinical nurse manager in partnership with staff development nurses, educators and clinical nurse manager and preceptors within the region.

The successful applicant will enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing with Curtin University and be encouraged and supported to complete the certificate during the 12 month program schedule. 

Graduate/CAHS Community Health co-funding applies, and applications for scholarships are available:

Semester 1

  • NURS5048 Child Health Nursing Specialisation
    • 25 credit points; fully funded by CAHS-CH with 12-month program
    • NURS5049 Adolescent Health Nursing Specialisation
    • 25 credit points; the cost of this unit will be the responsibility of the applicant

Semester 2

  • NURS5010 Child and Adolescent Nursing Practice
    • 25 credit points; fully funded by CAHS-CH within 12-month program
  • NURS5001 Advanced Nursing Practice in Primary Health Care
    • 25 credit points; the cost of this unit will be the responsibility of the applicant

Program details

  • 12-month program
  • Work is Monday to Friday, during office hours.

Placements occur in a variety of community-based settings within an allocated health region of the Perth metro area.

How to apply

Recruitment for the 12 month program occurs through GradConnect under 'CAHS Community Health Transition to Practice Program'.

Applicants must be able to travel across sites and must hold a valid driver’s licence.

For more information

If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager, Community Health on 9586 4556 or CACH.GraduateRegisteredNurse Program@health.wa.gov.au.

The CAHS Transition to Practice Program - Mental Health Stream offers a unique opportunity for newly registered nurses to receive professional transition support whilst developing skills and knowledge in the nursing specialty of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The program offers a 52-week program in mental health nursing in partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Graduates will enrol into the Master of Clinical Nursing course via ECU but may exit from the course with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Mental Health).

Benefits

  • A 52 week full-time contract
  • Formal study day at Edith Cowan Universit
  • 2 x 6 month rotations across Acute, Specialised and Community CAMHS services
  • Supported supernumerary days in the different rotational areas
  • Dedicated Program Staff Development Nurse
  • Excellent support from experienced mental health nurses and educators
  • Rotational nursing roster (may include day, afternoon and nights).

Location

The Mental Health Graduate Program offers 2 x 6 months experiences across different CAMHS services, with scheduled monthly study days to assist in supporting graduates with their clinical education.

Rotations have included:

The successful applicant would enrol in the Master of Clinical Nursing Course, but may exit from the course with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Mental Health) on completion of three 20 credit point units:

  1. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (CMH5109)
  2. Assessment in Mental Health (CMH5110) On completion of these two units students are eligible to enrol in one elective which will complete the Graduate Certificate. Students can select from:
    1. Community Mental Health
    2. Forensic Mental Health
    3. Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health
    4. Drug use and addictive behaviours.

Cost per graduate

The first two units listed below will be funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NMO):

  1. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (CMH5109)
  2. Assessment, Intervention and Skills in Mental Health (CMH5110)
  3. The cost of the third unit will be the responsibility of the applicant

For further course information and fees for the elective unit please contact Edith Cowan University. Grants can be applied for through the NMO for support with the course.

How to apply

Recruitment for the 12 month program occurs annually through GradConnect, the WA Department of Health’s centralised graduate recruitment website.

For more information

If you have any questions relating to the registered nursing program for mental health at CAHS, please contact Chelsey Catchpole, Staff Development Educator on 6389 5826 or chelsey.catchpole@health.wa.gov.au.

Last Updated: 21/02/2022