APNA Transition to Practice Program

Are you new to nursing in primary health care or want to support someone who is?

APNA's Transition to Practice Program (TPP) provides an evidence-based framework of education and support to nurses who have transitioned to primary health care1 and feel they would benefit from additional assistance in understanding primary health care.


Who can participate in APNA's TPP?

  1. Nurses new to primary health care (Transitioning Nurse, TN): newly graduated or experienced nurses currently working in a primary health care setting1 who would like additional support during their transition.
  2. Nurses experienced in primary health care (mentors): nurses with four or more years of experience in primary health care and interested in mentoring and supporting nurses new to primary health care

What Programs are available and when?

There are three intakes throughout the year for APNA's Transition to Practice Programs, with a choice of two online programs as per below: 

  • March intake: 20 March 2023
  • July intake: 10 July 2023*
  • October intake: 9 October 2023*

*This information is subject to change.



Supported Transition to Practice (8 months) Induction to Primary Health Care Package (6 months)
Ideal for graduates or nurses who want some additional support to increase their understanding of primary health care with support from an experienced primary healthcare nurse (mentor) Ideal for nurses who want additional support to increase their understanding of primary healthcare without support from an experienced primary healthcare nurse (mentor)


Register your interest in future programs

Complete the registration form to be notified of programs available to you.

  


Book a time to chat with the team

If you'd like to learn more about the program on how your PHN or Organisation can support places in the program, book a chat with one of the team members below.


Contact

Rebekah Cox | Program Manager

transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au | 1300 303 184


1Primary health care refers to any setting outside of acute health, including but not limited to: Aged Care, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health services, Correctional/justice health, Community health, General practice and more

Q&A

As a nurse

You may be eligible to have your program costs covered via:

Other:

Creating an invoice for the program

  1. Select the short course you would like to do
  2. Click ‘Buy Now’
  3. Click ‘Checkout’ and follow the prompts.
  4. Select ‘Invoice’ under ‘Payment Method’.
  5. Enter your name, email address and work address.
  6. Click ‘next’ and you will soon receive an invoice from APNA via email
  7. This invoice can then be provided with your application for funding via health workforce or other scholarship providers 
  8. If approved by the funding provider, the program can be paid for using the generated invoice
  • Build your foundational knowledge, skills and confidence through professional and clinical development, mentoring and support
  • Enhance your competency, confidence, and capacity as a nurse working in primary health care to enable you to work to your full scope of practice
  • Equip you for effective team-based care to achieve better health outcomes in primary health care
  • Enhance your professional network in primary health care
  • Build your foundational knowledge, skills and confidence in professional and clinical mentoring and/or small group facilitation
  • Enhance your competency, confidence, and capacity as a nurse leader working in primary health care to enable you to work to your full scope of practice
  • Provide opportunities to enhance your role and expand your network through professional and personal growth and development 
  • Participate in a professional program where you are recognised and reimbursed for your mentoring contribution to primary health care

Nurses new to primary health care

  • A more knowledgeable, skilled and confident nurse: Mentoring via small group learning and guided education can enhance confidence and competence in clinical skill development, knowledge and professional growth opportunities.
     
  • A nurse with enhanced clinical skills development: Your nurse will receive access to over 50 hours of free and targeted professional development (CPD) countless resources aimed specifically around what nurses new to primary health care need to know, i.e. wound care, care planning, chronic disease management, scope of practice etc. Your nurse’s CPD hours for registration will be well and truly achieved.
     
  • A nurse with increased job satisfaction: Research indicates that your nurse is more likely to stay. Support and guidance from experienced peers can provide increased career and job satisfaction for nurses.
     

Nurses experienced in primary health care

  • Improved job satisfaction and retention: Research indicates that nurses are more likely to stay in their role when provided with increased career and job satisfaction, e.g. from opportunities to mentor.
     
  • Personal development opportunities: Mentoring peers will increase your nurse’s skills and knowledge around project management, problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills. 
     
  • Improved workplace processes: Mentors often report learning something new from their TNs that they then implement in their workplace.
     
  • Access to high quality education (CPD): Mentors get access to over 50 hours of high quality APNA online learning modules and resources with direct flow on benefits for your workplace. Your nurse’s CPD hours for registration will be well and truly achieved
     
  • Development of leadership skills: Mentoring helps nurses build networks and leadership skills. Not to mention increases clinical expertise and knowledge of the primary health care system.

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


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