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					         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
    Registered Nurse;

☼   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
    and Management;

☼   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

☼  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 will be recognised by each participant’s General
    Nursing Registration with the Nurses’ Board of Western Australia.


Course Coordinator

☼   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
ongoing progress.


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.

Learning Approaches:

☼   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.

Theoretical Assessment

☼   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.


☼   Participants have access to counselling services provided by their host site and The
    University of Notre Dame.


☼ 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.


☼   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
    Course Coordinator.


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