Mildura Base Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Graduate Nursing & Midwifery Programs

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 (four days per week)
  • Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Health Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Award
  • Three 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 has two intakes a year, February and June. There are 18 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
  • Critical care stream (six months ICU and six months ED)

Clinical Support

At the commencement of the Graduate Nurse Program you will attend the graduate orientation program followed by four supernumerary days in your first rotation, alongside your preceptor. Additional supernumerary 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, seven days a week.

Clinical Staff are supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship education opportunities.

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.

Mildura Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program

Mildura Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program commenced in February 2020 between Mildura Base Hospital, Mildura Health Private Hospital and Sunraysia Community Health Services and will be facilitated in conjunction with the Mildura Base Hospital Graduate Nurse Program.

Overview of Collaborative Health Services

Mildura Base Hospital

Mildura Base Hospital (part of Ramsay Health Care) is a 171 bed (level 2) tertiary teaching Hospital. Mildura Base Hospital services an area population of approximately 80,000 and is the major public referral centre for the Northern Mallee region of Victoria, the far west region of New South Wales and the Riverland area of South Australia and is a referral centre for smaller regional hospitals such as Ouyen, Wentworth, Robinvale, Balranald and Manangatang.
Mildura Base Hospital provides an extensive range of services including Medical, Surgical, Paediatrics, Rehabilitation, Maternity, Emergency Services, Intensive Care/High Dependency Unit, Perioperative, Dialysis, Oncology, Community Services, Mental Health.

Mildura Health Private Hospital

Mildura Health Private Hospital (MHPH) is a not for profit 50 bed private hospital including a 29 bed Medical/Surgical ward with two Enhanced Care beds, Day Procedure Unit, Day Oncology Unit and three operating theatres. Specialties include Orthopaedics, Plastic/Reconstructive, Vascular, Cardiology (pacemaker insertions), Urology, Gynaecology, Bariatric Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat, Palliative Care, Sleep Studies and General Surgery.

Sunraysia Community Health Services

Sunraysia Community Health Services is a publicly funded health service and takes a holistic approach to the needs of clients and the community with an emphasis on continuous quality improvement and excellence in service delivery based on the principles of collaborative primary car

Sunraysia Community Health Services provides services to the Sunraysia community across four streams: social health, acute health, preventative health and General Practice/Dental clinic.

As a Graduate Nurse you will work as part of our District Nursing Service team who provide general and specialised nursing and healthcare to clients to improve their health status and retain their independence to continue living at home. You will be involved in assessing the healthcare needs of clients and families, monitoring the quality of care that they receive and provide clinical interventions, including wound care management, continence care, support and monitoring of client medication, support in stoma care, and assistance with managing diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Program Summary

  • 54 week program
  • 0.8 EFT positions (four days per week)
  • Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Health Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Award
  • Three 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 Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program has two intakes a year, February and June. There are five 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:

  • Eight months at Mildura Health Private Hospital (Ward and Theatre) and four months at Mildura Base Hospital
  • Eight months at Mildura Base Hospital and four months at Sunraysia Community Health Services (District Nursing)

Clinical Support

At the commencement of the Graduate Nurse Program you will attend the graduate orientation program followed by four supernumerary days in your first rotation, alongside your preceptor. Additional supernumerary time is provided at the commencement of each rotation to facilitate a comprehensive orientation to the new department. Graduates will be well supported at each site including:

  • Graduate specific orientation
  • Supernumerary time provided at the commencement of each rotation
  • Graduate study days
  • Clinical support
  • Preceptorship

Clinical Staff are also supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship education opportunities.

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.

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:

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

Program Summary

  • 54 week program
  • Full time (five days per week) or Part time (four days per week)
  • Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Health Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Award
  • 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.

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 six months of your program.

Clinical Staff are also supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship education opportunities.

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.

The Combined Nursing & Midwifery Program provides Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery (double degree) graduates with the opportunity to consolidate theory and clinical skills in both nursing and midwifery.

Program Summary

  • 54 week program
  • Part time (four days per week)
  • Salary as per Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Health Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Award
  • 6-month rotation in Maternity and 6-month rotation in Adult Surgical / Paediatrics
  • Graduate specific orientation program including supernumerary time in the postnatal ward, Special Care Nursery and two weeks supernumerary in Birthsuite
  • Graduate study days
  • Midwifery Educator and 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

Program Commencement Dates

Our Combined Nursing & Midwifery Graduate Program commences in February with one intake a year.

What Kind of Rotations Do We Offer?

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

Clinical Support

At the commencement of the Combined Nursing & Midwifery Graduate Program you will attend the graduate orientation program followed by supernumerary time in the clinical area, alongside your preceptor.

A dedicated Midwifery Educator will work side by side with you to orientate you to Birth Suite for two weeks at the commencement of your Maternity rotation.

Clinical Staff are supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship education opportunities.

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
  • A-E Assessment Simulation Study Day

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.

Program Summary

  • 54 week program in collaboration with post-graduate studies (further details provided below)
  • 0.8 EFT positions (four 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 a Master of Nursing – Mental Health, receiving at Graduate Certificate level upon completion of the program. Graduates are encouraged to continue with their post-graduate studies, exiting at the Graduate Diploma level

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 two 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 (38 weeks)
  • Community (16 weeks) - includes all Adult, Aged and Child & Youth programs.

Clinical Support

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

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

Clinical Staff are also supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship education opportunities.

Professional Development

Throughout the year there are a further eight 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, Case Formulation and Planning

Mildura Base Hospital offers a unique opportunity available only to Nursing and Midwifery staff, an internal scholarship program to support continuing professional development including but not limited to post graduate study. Employees completing post graduate study are also encouraged to apply to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Post Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship program.

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.

With a population of approximately 80,000, Mildura is located in North West Victoria on the Murray River, approximately 600 kms from Melbourne and 380 kms from Adelaide. Mildura is an oasis in the sun, a mixture of vineyards, the Murray River and the outback. An abundance of outdoor activities including motor sports and water sports combined with world class cuisine, café’s, restaurants and retail make it a great place to live and work!

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Applications for our 2021 Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs open on Monday 13th July 2020.

Step 1: Register for Computer Match

Mildura Base Hospital participates in the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) Computer Match process.

All candidates must participate in the Victorian Nursing Computer Match.

Information about Computer Match and how to register can be found at www.computermatching.pmcv.com.au

Step 2: Application to Mildura Base Hospital

Once you have completed step one, you can then apply directly to this position by clicking on the “Apply” below.

Make sure you have the following documents ready as you need them to complete your application:

  • Cover letter outlining your reasons for choosing Mildura Base Hospital (maximum of one page)
  • Attach one (1) passport photograph (for identification purposes)
  • Curriculum Vitae including referees:
    • Two (2) professional clinical referees i.e. 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
  • Most recent University academic transcript
  • The following documents for all 2nd and 3rd year Clinical Placements:
    • Time sheets
    • Objectives
    • RN Comments
    • Domain results documentation - Interim and Final
  • 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

Closing date for these positions will be as per the PMCV date that all applications must be submitted by.

Interviews

Interviews take place in August and consist of an interview and scenario.

Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, unfortunately requests for hospital tours cannot be accommodated.

Computer Match Results

Candidates and hospitals will be notified of the match outcome via the PMCV Computer Matching website on Monday 19th October 2020.

Please contact the following for further information:

General Graduate Nurse Program and Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program:

Greta Reid
Graduate Nurse Educator
Email: ReidGreta@ramsayhealth.com.au

Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program:

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

Stephen Butler
Mental Health Education Team (MHET)
Email: butlers@ramsayhealth.com.au

Midwifery Graduate Program and Combined Nursing & Midwifery Graduate Program:

Bridgitt Jensen
Midwifery Educator
Email: jensenb@ramsayhealth.com.au

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

Mildura Base Hospital is managed by Ramsay Health Care in a contractual arrangement with the Victorian Government and provides public hospital services on behalf of the Victorian Government to the Community of Mildura and the Sunraysia District. The existing agreement with Ramsay Health is approaching the end of its current term in September 2020 and the Victorian Government decided in August 2019 the time was right to consider whether or not to continue this arrangement.

The Victorian Government carefully considered this decision, including reviewing feedback from community consultation. Public sector management will start after the current agreement between Ramsay Health and the Victorian Government ends on 15 September 2020.

Mildura Base Hospital employees will transition to the new Mildura Base Public Hospital at the end of the transition. The Department will be working closely with Ramsay Health and respective unions to support staff through the transition process.

For further information visit:

www2.health.vic.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-services/rural-health/mildura-base-hospital-transition