Mildura Base Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Graduate Programs

Mildura Base Hospital
Graduate Nurse Program

Graduate Nurses and Midwives are an integral part of the nursing and midwifery workforce at Mildura Base Hospital. The Graduate Programs at Mildura Base Hospital provide Graduates with a supportive, professional and friendly environment as they transition into employment. Graduates are well supported by the Education Department and have the opportunity to experience a range of nursing specialities, consolidating both theoretical and clinical skills.

Program Summary

  • 54 week program
  • 0.8 EFT positions (4x days per week)
  • Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Health Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Award
  • 3 clinical rotations
  • Graduate specific orientation program
  • Graduate study days
  • Supernumerary time provided at the commencement of each rotation
  • Graduate Nurse Educator committed to the Graduates professional development
  • Clinical support
  • Preceptorship
  • Annual leave pro-rata
  • Minimal night duty
  • Personal email account
  • Access to library and skills lab
  • Celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of the Graduate Program

Program Commencement Dates

Our General Graduate Nurse Program commences in February with one intake a year. There are 16 Registered Nurse positions available.

What Kind of Rotations Do We Offer?

To assist Graduates to diversify their skills, we offer a variety of clinical rotations:

  • Adult medical
  • Adult surgical / Paediatrics
  • Day Surgery / Recovery / Theatre
  • Sub-acute / Rehab / Palliative care
  • ICU / CCU / HDU – combined unit
  • Emergency
  • Mental Health

Clinical Support

At the commencement of the Graduate Nurse Program you will attend the graduate orientation program followed by 4 supernumery days in your first rotation, alongside your preceptor. Additional supernumery time is provided at the commencement of each rotation to facilitate a comprehensive orientation to the new department.

Dedicated Nurse Educators provide bedside clinical support to nursing staff and to you during your graduate program, 7 days a week.

Clinical Staff are supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship study days and monthly Preceptor Forums.

Professional Development

Throughout the year there are a further six paid study days in addition to the graduate orientation program. These study days allow opportunities for the Graduates to consolidate both theoretical and clinical skills through simulation in the Hospital’s nursing skills lab.

Mildura Base Hospital actively supports and encourages continuing professional development by facilitating a wide variety of educational activities and opportunities are available for staff to complete post graduate study in a range of specialities. Mildura Base Hospital offers a unique opportunity available only to Nursing and Midwifery staff, an internal scholarship program to support continuing professional development in addition to external scholarships offered by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

What is Mental Health Nursing?

Mental Health Nurses offer a range of clinical interventions aimed at promoting the individual’s well-being, aiding them in their recovery from illness and enhancing their capacity to participate in community life. Interventions commonly undertaken include mental health assessments; case management; ongoing monitoring of the client’s mental state; well-being and treatment needs; delivery of treatment, therapy, advocacy, rehabilitation and support services in collaboration with other service providers. They play an important role in supervising and monitoring medications prescribed to clients.

Mental Health Nurses work in a variety of settings, including acute inpatient units, residential and non-residential rehabilitation programs, community-based teams including crisis intervention, emergency departments, the forensic system, training and education and the private sector, (Department of Human Services, 2002).

Program Summary

  • 54 week program in collaboration with Monash University (further details provided below)
  • Full time positions (5x days per week)
  • Salary as per Victorian Public Mental Health Services Award
  • Graduate specific orientation program
  • Graduate study days
  • Supernumerary time
  • Mental Health Nurse Educators committed to the Graduates professional development
  • Clinical support
  • Preceptorship
  • Annual leave pro-rata
  • Minimal night duty
  • Personal email account
  • Access to library and skills lab
  • Celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of the Graduate Program

Graduates enrol in the Master of Nursing – Mental Health with Monash University, exiting at Graduate Certificate level upon completion of the program. The two, 12 credit point units are completed through course work with Monash University. Objectives for each area are set and need to be completed with the preceptor and/or Mental Health Nurse Educator. The requirements set by Monash University together with those of the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program must be successfully completed to graduate from Monash University. There are opportunities if you are interested in continuing to complete the Master of Nursing – Mental Health.

Graduates are encouraged to apply for scholarship support available only to Mildura Base Nursing staff and external scholarships i.e. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mildura Base Hospital offers a unique opportunity available only to Nursing and Midwifery staff, an internal scholarship program to support continuing professional development. Graduates are encouraged to apply for support through the internal program and external scholarships offered by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Program Commencement Dates

Our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program commences in February with one intake a year. There are 2 Registered Nurse positions available.

What Kind of Rotations Do We Offer?

Clinical practice is in an environment that is strongly focused on consumer sensitive and recovery focused practice where the consumer is part of the team. Rotations include:

  • Acute Adult Inpatient (40 weeks)
  • Community (12 weeks) - includes Case Management and Crisis Assessment

Clinical Support

At the commencement of the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program you will attend the graduate orientation program followed by supernumery time in the Acute Adult Inpatient Unit, alongside your preceptor. Additional supernumery time is provided at the commencement of each rotation to facilitate a comprehensive orientation to the new speciality.

Dedicated Mental Health Nurse Educators provide clinical support to nursing staff and to you during your graduate program.

Clinical Staff are supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship study days and monthly Preceptor Forums.

Professional Development

Throughout the year there are a further 8 paid study days in addition to the graduate orientation program.

A wide variety of educational activities are supported including:

  • One hour tutorial sessions per fortnight on topics relevant to Mental Health
  • Access to external education sessions and guest speakers
  • Access to education sessions within the acute areas i.e. general medical
  • Aggression Management training
  • Mental Health Specific Competencies - M.S.E., Risk Assessment, Mental Health Act, Risk Assessment / Suicide Prevention

The Mildura Base Hospital’s Maternity Services is a progressive 12 bed unit, with all staff rotating through the antenatal / postnatal ward, birth-suite and Level II Special Care Nursery. Antenatal care is provided through the Ramsay Specialist Clinic and the Domiciliary Midwife Service assists mothers with the transition to home. It is our aim to provide family focused care to the women in the Sunraysia District.

The service covers the North West region of Victoria and part of NSW and caters for in excess of 850 births per annum.

We accept applications from Graduates completing:

  • Bachelor of Midwifery (otherwise known as direct entry midwifery)
  • Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery (double degree)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery (individuals who have completed the Bachelor of Nursing and registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse)

Program Summary

  • 54 week program
  • Full time (5x days per week) or Part time (4x days per week)
  • Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Health Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Award
  • One week orientation program in the Postnatal Ward including supernumerary time
  • Two week orientation program into Birthsuite including supernumerary time
  • Graduate study days
  • Midwifery Educator committed to the Graduates professional development
  • Clinical support
  • Preceptorship
  • Annual leave pro-rata
  • Minimal night duty
  • Personal email account
  • Access to library and skills lab
  • Celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of the Graduate Program

Program Commencement Dates

Our Graduate Midwifery Program commences in February with one intake a year. There are 4 Registered Midwife positions available.

What Kind of Rotations Do We Offer?

  • Postnatal ward
  • Birth Suite
  • Supernumerary time in Special Care Nursery
  • The opportunity to provide Antenatal Care in Ramsay Specialist Clinic and participate in the delivery of Childbirth Education classes
  • Supernumerary time in the community setting with the Domiciliary Midwife and Lactation Consultant

Clinical Support

At the commencement of the Graduate Midwifery Program you will attend the graduate orientation program followed by supernumerary time on the Postnatal ward, alongside your preceptor.

A dedicated Midwifery Educator will work side by side with you to orientate you to Birth Suite for two weeks in the first 6 months of your program.

Clinical Staff are supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship study days and monthly Preceptor Forums.

Professional Development

Throughout the year there are a further five paid study days in addition to the graduate orientation program. These study days allow opportunities for the Graduates to consolidate both theoretical and clinical skills through simulation in the Hospital’s nursing skills lab and Midwifery tutorial room, including but not limited to:

  • RANZCOG FSEP – Fetal Surveillance Education Program
  • PROMPT - PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (Obstetric emergency training)
  • NeoResus delivered by the PIPER (Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval ) Neonatal team from the Royal Children’s Hospital

Ramsay Health Care’s National Employee Benefits Program integrates many programs, resources and services for all employees. These corporate partnerships, offers and discounts have been secured for your use and enjoyment:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health and Wellness
  • Ramsay Employee Club
  • Financial services in relation to banking, superannuation, private health insurance
  • Other benefits such as company discounts related to electronics, accommodation, dining out, car hire and phone plans

Transport and Parking

Parking is free and available on site. Local transport is available with a bus stop located at the front of the Hospital.

Mildura Base Hospital utilizes the Victorian Computer Matching service for applications. Information about Computer Match and the application process can be found at www.computermatching.pmcv.com.au.

  • After submitting your “on line application”, there will be a confirmation email sent to you. This email will contain your unique registration ID number and password
  • You will only receive email confirmation of the successful lodgement if you provide a valid email address
  • You will need to use this unique registration ID number and password if you wish to change any details or preferences on your application or withdraw from the Computer Matching process
  • You will only be able to change your details up until the application period closes

Information required with your application:

  • A letter of application outlining your reasons for choosing Mildura Base Hospital (maximum of one page)
  • Attach one (1) passport photograph (for identification purposes)
  • Curriculum Vitae including two (2) professional clinical referees e.g. Preceptors / Educators with whom we can discuss your nursing skills and one (1) previous employer who may be non-nursing. Please provide an email address for each referee.
  • The following documents for all 2nd and 3rd year Clinical Placements:
    • Time sheets
    • Objectives
    • RN Comments
    • Domain results documentation - Interim and Final
    • University Academic Transcript
  • A Statutory Declaration which refers to, and lists the documentation outlined above, signed by an authorized person, with a statement that these are true and correct documents

Interviews

Interviews take place in August and consist of an interview and scenario. We offer tours of the hospital to prospective applicants upon request.

Computer Match Results

In October, Computer Match completes the match and notifies health services of successful candidates. Further information regarding dates can be found at: www.computermatching.pmcv.com.au

Please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services Nurse and Midwife Graduate Handbook 2018. The Handbook has been developed to support your transition from student to registered health professional.

Please contact Greta Reid for further information regarding the General Graduate Nurse Program:

Greta Reid
Graduate Nurse Educator (General Program)
Email: ReidGreta@ramsayhealth.com.au

Please contact Kel Robertson for further information regarding the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program:

Mr Kel Robertson
Coordinator Graduate Nurse Mental Health Program - Mental Health Education Team (MHET)
Email: RobertsonK@ramsayhealth.com.au

Please contact Lauren O’Brien for further information regarding the Midwifery Graduate Program:

Lauren O’Brien
Midwifery Educator
Email: OBrienLauren@ramsayhealth.com.au

All applications must be made via the Computer Match website: www.computermatching.pmcv.com.au