Post Graduate Neonatal Intensive Care Program (1yr program)

Post Graduate Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Program (1 year program)

Neonatal Services at Mercy Hospital for Women has up to 62 beds which comprises of intensive care and special care nursery cots. It is one of the largest nurseries in Australia.


Annually over 1,300 premature and sick babies are cared for in the NICU and Special Care Nurseries. We provide neonatal care for infants admitted to the nursery within the first 28 days of life with gestations as low as 23 weeks. These babies may be premature or sick full term infants requiring respiratory support, intravenous therapy, specialised feeding, incubator care or high technological care such as ventilation, high frequency oscillating ventilation and nitric oxide as well as minor surgery. 

 

The neonatal team provide a family centred care approach to the management of these vulnerable patients. Parents are encouraged to work together with Mercy Staff, collaboratively to provide optimum care for all of the babies in Neonatal Services.


Developmental care is an important part of the care provided for our neonatal population. Individual needs of the infant are assessed and the nursery environment is modified to ensure optimal neurological outcomes.


The unit is involved in significant research and teaching programs, including international studies and neonatal intensive care and special care nursery training for nursing staff, midwives, students and paediatricians.


Clinical placement is provided for post graduate studies in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Courses.  This is for nurses interested in developing knowledge and skills in both general neonatal nursing and neonatal intensive care nursing.

 

Post Graduate Studies in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing

This 1 year program (graduate certificate) is suitable for registered nurses/midwives with preferably up to two years of nursing experience to learn neonatal intensive care nursing skills. Clinical placement is offered to participants who are undertaking a post graduate Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Course through: La Trobe University or the University of Melbourne.  Applicants are required to apply for a position with their university of choice and acceptance into the program will be in conjunction with a paid clinical position at the Mercy Hospital for Women Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Post Graduate Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Program

Program outline

Intake Dates: Placement commences at Mercy Hospital for Women in February (negotiable)

Entry Requirement:​

  • Registered Nurse
  • Minimum 12 months recent acute nursing/midwifery experience (course dependent)
  • Registered with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (AHPRA) with current eligibly to practice
  • Successful application with one of the follow universities: Latrobe University or the University of Melbourne
  • Satisfactory references and interview at Mercy Hospital for Women
  • Learning Contract with Mercy Hospital for Women

Duration of program: Approximately 52 weeks

Shift Expectations: Rostered over a rotating roster; minimum 32 hours per week

Theoretical input: Theory will be provided by the university of choice.

Clinical experience & practical support and will be provided by Mercy Hospital for Women

Clinical Support:

  • Hospital Orientation
  • Four days supernumerary orientation into SCN
  • Eight days supernumerary orientation into NICU
  • Four days supernumerary for observational visits
  • NICU Tutorials once a week at MHW
  • Clinical support provided by Educator and Clinical Support Nurses


    Associated costs: Full fees as deemed by La Trobe University or the University of Melbourne.

    Assessment: Theoretical assessment by La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne.  Practical Assessment: Including a Learning Contract and competency assessments by Mercy Hospital for Women


    Course Notification: The course will be advertised in Aug/Sept.  It will be placed on the following websites; www.careers.mercy.com.au and www.seek.com.au/

Application Procedure:

Entry to post graduate nursing studies Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing involves successful application to one of the following universities; La Trobe University or the University of Melbourne.  The applicant should identify Mercy Hospital for Women as their preferred hospital for clinical experience. 

An application must also be sent directly to Mercy Hospital for Women and will be received online at www.careers.mercy.com.au

 

Post Graduate Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Program

The application shall include:

  • Letter of application that states rationale for applying to Mercy Hospital for Women and reason for choosing post graduate studies in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing.
  • Curriculum Vitae including names, telephone numbers and email addresses of 2 professional referees

    Successful applicants must also provide a current police record check and working with children check within six weeks of commencement of employment

     

Contact
Further information about this program may be obtained by contacting;

Carolyn Morrissey
Neonatal Services Educator

Mercy Hospital for Women
Ph: (03) 8458 4686 or (03) 8458 4444 & request pager: 4686
Email: cmorrissey@mercy.com.au

 

Post Graduate Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Course Contacts

La Trobe University

Jacqui McGregor - Lecturer/Course Coordinator Neonatal

Email: J.McGregor@latrobe.edu.au

Telephone Direct: 9479 5914

University of Melbourne

Sally Moss - Lecturer/Stream Coordinator

Email: sally.moss@unimelb.edu.au

 

 

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