Support Program for Newly Graduated Nurses

Support Program for Newly Graduated Nurses


Every year thousands of nurses graduate from universities in Australia but unfortunately, we are seeing a rapidly declining number of new grad nurses who are able to find employment after graduation. In response to this crisis, Australian Healthcare Academy began our Support Program for Newly Graduated Nurses in 2014 and to date, we have helped over 400 nurses find employment through the program.

Australian Healthcare Academy’s 4-week long Support Program provides new graduate nurses with additional education and support as they transition from student nurses to Registered Nurses or Enrolled Nurses. The program consists of one week of in class theory and practical learning followed by a 3-week placement within a private healthcare facility. Throughout the placement, nurses will be continuously supported as they work to increase their comfort and confidence in independently looking after patients.


The Support Program aims to prepare new graduate nurses for employment within the acute care setting. AHA works with some of Australia’s leading providers of Healthcare for the placement of our nurses, including Ramsay, Healthscope, and Healthe Care. After completion of the course, Australian Healthcare Academy provides participants with employment assistance to help them find work as new graduate nurses.

Employment opportunities include: employment at the placement facility, transitioning into a new graduate program, aged care, general practice, day surgery, and community nursing.

Topics Covered

Throughout the Support Program, the following topics will be covered:

  • Documentation, Policies, Procedures, and Observations
  • Handover, Communication, and Time Management
  • Admissions and Discharges including pre and post op care
  • Medication administration and calculations including oral, SC, IM, and IV
  • Pain management and PCAs
  • Aseptic technique, wound care, and dressing management
  • Management of surgical drains
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Completion of ECGs and basic ECG interpretation
  • Urinary catheter care and bladder scans
  • NGT and PEG tube care and feeding
  • Stoma and Colostomy Management


This course, whilst geared towards new graduate nurses, is open to any nurse holding unrestricted AHPRA registration who is looking for further support as they begin a career working within acute care. This can include overseas nurses with a gap in practice, Australian nurses with a gap in practice, new graduate nurses from Australia or overseas, or nurses from Australia or overseas with non-acute-care experience (e.g. aged care or general practice) who are wanting to work within acute care.

Course Dates for 2019

January 14             May 20             October 14

February 4             June 17            November 4

February 25          July 22

March 18              August 12

April 29                 September 2

Course Fees

Please contact us for course fees and information on our flexible payment plans.

Course Features

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Skill level Open to all Registered and Enrolled Nurses in Australia
  • Language English
  • Assessments Theory and practical

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