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APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program
Support for newly graduated and experienced nurses transitioning to primary health care

The APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program is a 12 month program of support for nurses transitioning to primary health care. It is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Nursing in Primary Health Care (NiPHC) Program. Read more about the NiPHC Program here.

The APNA Transition to Practice Program will deliver and evaluate an accessible and structured 12 month transition program with the aim of increasing the confidence, skills and knowledge of nurses, commencing work in primary health care settings1


Expansion to eligibility criteria for the Transitioning Nurse: 

 As of 1 May 2017 must now have less than 18 months primary health care experience in the area they are transitioning into. This has been extended from 12 months to 18 months

Please read the Application Guidelines thoroughly before applying

Transitioning Nurses: Apply Here

View sample of questions here

Application Q & A

Did you want to apply but couldn't? Click here

Clinical and Professional Mentors: Apply Here

View sample of questions here

Application Q & A

Did you want to apply but couldn't? Click here


What will it involve?

The program will be delivered in two tranches, with up to 25 nurses who have recently commenced work in primary health care. The timeframes for each tranche are as follows:

  • Tranche 1: April 2016 – March 2017 - underway
  • Tranche 2: April 2017 – March 2018 - applications now open until 23 December 2016

APNA is looking for applicants for Tranche 2. Below is a snapshot of how Tranche 2 will support each transitioning nurse:

Read the Application Guidelines for full details of eligibility criteria and program requirements

  • Support from an external experienced registered nurse, who will be the transitioning nurse’s clinical and professional mentor
     
  • APNA support, including funding, in the form of incremental payments to the Transitioning Nurse's:
    - Workplace ($2,000 ex GST) and
    - Clinical and Professional Mentor ($3,300 ex GST).

     
  • A self-assessment framework to help the Transitioning Nurse identify, prioritise and plan their needs throughout the program
     
  • Education to complete (no essays to submit)
     
  • Involvement in program evaluation 

Who should apply?

APNA is looking for applications from two groups of nurses who are currently working in primary health care:

1. Transitioning Nurses

Registered or Enrolled Nurses who are new to primary health care (may be graduate or experienced nurses transitioning from acute or other health care settings)

2. Clinical and Professional Mentors

Experienced primary health care Registered Nurses, who want to provide support to these new nurses as a clinical and professional mentor

Did you want to apply but couldn't? Click here


    Update

    Communique # 1: May 2016 – Successful Applicants 

    APNA would like to thank everyone who applied and congratulate the successful applicants of the APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the call for applications for Tranche 1 of the program. To view all the successful applicants, click here.

    Communique # 2: September 2016 – Program Update 

    With Tranche 1 well and truly underway, we're now looking towards Tranche 2. Applications and further information on specific eligibilty criteria for Tranche 2 (2017-2018) will be available end of October 2016. 


    Contact 

    transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au or 1300 303 184


    1 For the purposes of the APNA Transition to Practice program, primary health care settings are considered to be workplaces outside of the acute health care setting – including aged care, correctional health, community care and general practice.

    The APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program.

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