We offer a 12 month Full-time (5 days a week) Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program in collaboration with Monash University. Graduate nurses enrol in the Master of Nursing – Mental Health with Monash University, exiting at graduate certificate level at the completion of the 12 month 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 a preceptor and/or Mental Health Educator.
The Graduate Certificate Nursing – Mental Health (through Monash University) is fully funded by Mildura Base Hospital’s Mental Health Service. The requirements set by Monash University together with those of the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program must be successfully completed in order to graduate.
If a graduate is interested in continuing with this course and complete the Master of Nursing – Mental Health, the graduate can make an application for a scholarship through DHS which can provide some financial assistance. Further information can be found at: Post Graduate Mental Health Nursing Scholarship
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 Commencement Dates
Our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program commences in February with one intake a year. There are 2 Registered Nurse positions available. Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse is essential prior to commencement.
What Kind of Rotations Do We Offer?
Clinical work is in an environment that is strongly focused on consumer sensitive and recovery focused practice where the consumer is part of the team. Clinical placements include:
- Acute Adult Inpatient (40 weeks)
- Community (12 weeks) - includes Case Management and Crisis Assessment
Clinical support is provided in each clinical area by a number of experienced Mental Health Nurses, willing and able to provide support, education and assistance in the transition to becoming a Mental Health Nurse.
Adult Community and elective placements provide the Graduate Nurse with the opportunity to develop their skills in a supportive environment.
A wide variety of educational activities are supported including:
- Introduction and Orientation to the Graduate Program including supernumery time
- 8 paid study days per year
- One hour tutorial session per fortnight on topics relevant to Mental Health
- Access to external education sessions and guest speakers
- Access to education sessions within Acute Health
- PART – Aggression Management training
- CPR and Drug Calculations
- Competencies – M.S.E., Risk Assessment, Mental Health Act, Medication Administration
- Risk Assessment/Suicide Prevention
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
Information required with your application:
- A letter of application outlining your reasons for choosing the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program at Mildura Base Hospital (maximum of one page).
- Attach one (1) passport photograph (for identification purpose)
- Curriculum Vitae, including 3 professional clinical referees e.g. Preceptors/Educators with whom we can discuss your nursing skills and 1 previous employer who may be non-nursing. Please provide an email address for each referee.
Applicants are to provide:
- The following documents for all 2nd and 3rd year Clinical Placements:
- Time sheets
- RN Comments
- Domain results documentation- Interim and final
- Academic Transcript
- A Statutory Declaration which refers to and lists the documentation outlined above, signed by an authorised person, with a statement that these are true and correct documents.
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 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)
Mental Health Services, Mildura Base Hospital
Phone: (03) 5022 3500