Graduate Diploma in Perioperative Nursing
Application information for 2012 program
The Graduate Diploma in Perioperative Nursing is affiliated with The University of Notre
Dame and Fremantle Hospital. All applicants for St John of God Healthcare are selected by
a process that involves the nominated hospital. Successful course applicants from both St
John of God Hospital Subiaco and St John of God Hospital Murdoch must also complete a
separate application and unit enrolment process for the University.
This university application will require accompanying proof of registration, an academic
transcript of your undergraduate degree and a personal statement. The University will
then send out a formal course offer, which must be accepted and returned to the
University as soon as possible. The importance of this dual Health Service / University
postgraduate application process cannot be overstated. As a postgraduate student of
Notre Dame, you will have access to the University and its resources throughout the
duration of the Graduate Diploma in Perioperative Nursing.
This is a twelve month program where participants work full-time undertaking a clinical
workload, as well as producing a number of academic assignments following university
assessment guidelines. The course involves an initial two week orientation at the start of
the year and study day attendance thereafter.
All applicants should be aware of the intensiveness and the demands associated with
this program prior to application.
☼ Eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a
☼ Current competency in Basic Life Support (CPR). Prior to successful employment into
the course, the minimum competency in Hospital Life Support is essential;
☼ Address all statements in the selection criteria; however it is not necessary to address
the desirable criterion of Recent Clinical experience in an Operating Theatre. This
will not be assessed.
☼ Participants will be employed at one of the participating hospitals for a period of 54
weeks, subject to their satisfactory academic progress as detailed in the course
☼ The St John of God Healthcare Registered Nurses Agreement (EBA) will regulate the
terms and conditions of employment for the participants at these hospitals;
☼ The contracted hours will be a minimum of 70 hours per fortnight up to a maximum of
76 hours, which can be negotiated with the relevant operating suite manager,
participant and Course Coordinator. In the first 2 week orientation program
participants will be required to work to a total of 76 hours for that fortnight and will
receive payment for the hours at the appropriate nominated rate;
☼ Each hospital will arrange for a mutually agreeable annual leave period to be taken
during the operating theatre down time.
☼ Participants will receive orientation to The University of Notre Dame;
☼ Participants will receive orientation to their employing (home) hospital;
☼ Study days are rotated between all the participating hospitals;
☼ Participants will have access to library, Email and Internet facilities at their home
hospital for the duration of the course.
☼ The theoretical component of the program comprises an initial 2 weeks full time
classroom timetable (orientation) followed by 7 full study days every 6 weeks.
☼ Successful applicants will be required to attend the ethics component at The
University of Notre Dame during the year (ET502 Ethics for Professional Life). This unit
is funded by SJGHC and participants are required to take their own annual leave to
complete the unit (unless otherwise informed).
☼ Participants will rotate through the following specialities: General, Orthopaedics,
Vascular/Cardiothoracics, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Plastics, Neurosurgery,
Genitourinary, Paediatrics, Ear/Nose/Throat, Ophthalmology, Anaesthetics, Recovery
☼ Ordinary hours can be worked in rotating shifts as rostered from Monday to Friday,
excluding Public Holidays.
☼ Successful graduates will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Perioperative Nursing
FEES AND CHARGES
☼ A one off enrolment fee $1350 for the compulsory ethics unit (ET502 Ethics for
Professional Life) at The University of Notre Dame will apply. Participants will receive
information in regards to this from the University itself. . Participants are encouraged
to apply for a scholarship to aid in payment of this unit.
☼ Notre Dame also charges an administration fee of $1350 per applicant, a one off
enrolment fee for the course. Participants will receive information in regards to this
from the University itself. This fee is payable by the participants. Participants are
encouraged to apply for a scholarship to aid in payment of the course. Participants will
be given the option of a lump sum or two payments for this fee. The first payment will
be due on the University of Notre Dame census date (TBA). Census dates for 2011 will
not be released until January 2011 but as a guide, the previous dates have been:
2010 – March 17th
2009 – March 18th.
The second payment will be due 30 days after the census date.
LANGUAGE LITERACY AND NUMERACY ASSESSMENT
☼ Language, literacy and numeracy will be recognised by each participant’s General
Nursing Registration with the Nurses’ Board of Western Australia.
☼ All participants will have access to the Course Coordinator 0830 - 1630 Monday to
Friday. If any support is required outside of these hours’ participants will be able to
contact the manager in their relevant area.
☼ The Course Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the design, delivery and
evaluation of the study program and negotiates marking sites for clinical aspects of
written assignments. The Course Coordinator also facilitates clinical experience for the
course participants by formalising a clinical rotation program.
Learning & Development Nurse Perioperative Program
All participants have access to a Learning & Development Nurse for the perioperative
program, which can provide direct clinical support to both the participants and preceptors
involved in the program.
Preceptors work closely with participants in the clinical area and liaise with the Learning
& Development Nurse, Perioperative Program Coordinator regarding the participant’s
FLEXIBLE LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
To be considered successful and be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Perioperative
Nursing on completion of the course, participants must have achieved appropriately in all
domains of learning.
☼ Lecture / Workshop / Discussion / Guided Reflection / Tutorial / Self Directed
Clinical Practice Assessment
☼ The assessment method is competency based and continuous in nature. Assessment of
clinical knowledge and practice is achieved using a clinical assessment tool. Course
competencies have been adapted from the Australian College of Operating Room
Nurses (ACORN) Nursing and Competency Standards (2010). Participants will achieve
these competencies at any stage during the course.
☼ All course work is assessed using criterion referenced grading profiles to demonstrate
competency of knowledge. Participants should be aware the University of Notre Dame
(UNDA) awards a non graded pass (NGP) for all postgraduate study. Grading provided
by the Course Coordinator is for the use of the participant only, it will not be
forwarded to UNDA. Participants are required to achieve a minimum of 50% for each
item of written assessment.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS / WELFARE AND GUIDANCE SERVICES
☼ Participants have access to counselling services provided by their host site and The
University of Notre Dame.
GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS
☼ Any grievance or complaint by a participant (other than clinical practice or theory) will
be managed within each hospital under the relevant policy and procedure.
Failure to Complete Course Work
☼ If a participant is unable to achieve, or does not submit any part of the required
course assessments, it will be deemed as a fail unless there has been prior negotiation.
A supplementary assessment may be given at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
Failure to Achieve Acceptable Standard of Clinical Competence
☼ Where a participant is not achieving the desired standard of clinical practice as
evidenced by inability to complete specific clinical competencies:
There must be documented evidence of substandard performance on the
performance record sheets within the clinical assessment tool;
There must be documented evidence that the nominated clinical preceptor,
Perioperative Program Coordinator, Course Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Manager or
Staff Development Educator has counselled the participant;
The participant is to be given an opportunity to improve clinical practice and short-
term goals are to be set. A plan implemented with a review date will be given for
an interim appraisal of performance;
Failure to achieve set goals will be referred to the Course Coordinator and a review
of participant performance in all domains of learning will be undertaken;
☼ Should the participant fail to meet any additional criteria, or should the performance
of the participant be deemed by the Course Management Committee to be
unsatisfactory, they will be removed from the course.
☼ Participants have the right to appeal decisions regarding failure to achieve the
required standard or unresolvable clinical practice issues. Written appeals are to be
made to the Course Coordinator not more than seven (7) days following notification of
the original decision. Appeals should include evidence that clearly demonstrates the
inaccuracy of that decision.
☼ On receipt of an appeal, the Course Coordinator will convene an extraordinary meeting
of the Course Management Committee who will consider the evidence. Notification of
the appeal result will be made in writing to the participant within seven (7) days of
the appeal being lodged with the Coordinator. A copy of the correspondence will be
kept on the participant file.
Managing Unacceptable Performance / Misconduct
☼ Where a participant’s behaviour / performance require management, this will be
undertaken under the hospital’s relevant policy and procedure.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
☼ Participants may make a written application to receive recognition for appropriate
experience and competencies that they have already achieved. This will be considered
on the basis of accompanying verifiable documentation. Further information on the
process to be followed for recognition of prior learning can be obtained from the