Our nursing graduates
What our graduates say...
Jen was awarded the 2018 Alfred Health Graduate of the Year Award.
"My graduate year at The Alfred was an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. From my very first day, I was welcomed into a caring, dedicated and inspiring team environment. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many role models; knowledgeable people who had such passion for patient care.
Making the transition from student to professional was both exciting and overwhelming, particularly in such a fast-paced and high acuity environment like 3 East. The amount of support I received during this journey was phenomenal. The graduate support nurses, in particular, seemed to have this knack of sensing when I needed help (even when I didn't realise it) and were there to assist me in whatever I needed.
Everyone I met was invested in helping me to be my best, and each day I learnt something new. The graduate program allowed me to develop my clinical skills and confidence, providing endless learning opportunities and support. I honestly couldn't have wished for a better way to start my nursing career".
"The graduate nurse program at Alfred psychiatry has been one of the most exciting times of my life. The program provides a comprehensive orientation to the organisation, from day one the support and education is second to none, from structured study days to frequent supervision with the education team. Every day you learn something new and this is supported by the whole multidisciplinary team. Working at Alfred Health Mental Health will provide you with endless opportunities for your career."
"If you had asked me why I initially applied at The Alfred, I'd have said it was due to the diverse range of specialities they offer.
But having now completed my graduate year, I'm staying for that and much more.
The professionalism, support and knowledge shared by their amazing graduate support nurses was inspiring. The hospital strives for excellence in patient care and provides every opportunity to help you further develop your skills and learning. For this, I'll be staying on at The Alfred for the foreseeable future".
My journey as a mental health graduate nurse at the Alfred hospital has been phenomenal. The Alfred mental health graduate program offers numerous opportunities for growth and increasing knowledge in mental health.
The staff, preceptors and the multidisciplinary team of health care professionals provide an extremely supportive environment for graduate nurses to learn and become familiar with psychiatric nursing.
The structured graduate nurse program offers regular study days, clinical reflections, supervision sessions and supernumerary days to provide optimum support for graduate nurses and ensure satisfying patient centred outcomes are achieved.
"My graduate year of nursing at Alfred Health has been a fantastic experience. This opportunity has provided me with an excellent start to my nursing career and continues to excite me about my future at the Alfred.
My grad year has positively challenged me to adapt and learn. This year has helped me consolidate and expand on the skills and knowledge I accumulated through my nursing degree. Throughout my grad year, I have been constantly supported and developed by my graduate support nurses, clinical educators, managers and other members of the multidisciplinary team.
The Alfred is a teaching hospital and this is clearly evident in the admirable work culture that is displayed by all staff at Alfred Health. This environment has helped me confidently provide safe patient centred care.
Opportunities to learn and develop ward specific knowledge and skills are available through various in-services and education sessions. Graduate nurses have the opportunity to attend study days and tutorials to acquire relevant skills and knowledge to tackle new challenges.
I will always be grateful for all the amazing support and guidance I have received from the excellent staff structure placed around me as a grad nurse. I eagerly look forward to all the exciting opportunities and challenges in my future as a nurse at The Alfred".
"The Alfred Grad Program was incredibly supportive. Staff proactively approached me asking if I needed help, while also empowering me to develop my own clinical skills and personalised approach. The team-focussed approach on the IPU is fantastic, and colleagues have your back to make sure you, and the patients are safe. Working collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary cohort enhanced my understanding of the valuable role of other disciplines in addressing a holistic variety of client needs."
“I started the year with no idea of what to expect, mixed with absolute dread and excitement of what could be waiting around the corner, I nervously started my first day at The Alfred Hospital, Acute Impatient First Floor Psychiatry Unit as a new Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program.
With great support whether though supernumerary time, debriefing session and having a supportive preceptor, every day I am learning something new and becoming more confident in my nursing practice. One of the first skills I learnt was to ask for help. The second was how to be part of the team.
I am truly gratefully to have the opportunity to be part of a great team; to be able to make a small positive change to patient’s lives is very rewarding. I highly recommend the Enrolled Nurse Graduate program, not only for the younger nurse but also the mature aged nurse.”
"I remember the first day I started on G2 at Sandringham hospital, feeling excited and terrified all at once and now all of a sudden, I’m finished!
I can honestly say I had the best grad I could have ever imagined! I was never made to feel like any questions I asked were silly and all the staff made me feel welcomed into their ward family. I was always challenged and pushed to reach my full potential and felt so supported while doing so.
The clinical educators were always around or just a page away, staff members were always willing to lend a helping hand. My preceptor was on the majority of my shifts - especially when I first started - which made me feel confident enough to take on more acute patients and responsibility.
There were many days where a patient had rapidly deteriorated or an unexpected scenario occurred and I'd reflect back on the day and be surprised that I was able to manage it appropriately. You eventually come to the realisation that you've started to know what you're doing and soon enough it becomes second nature. You get faster and more confident and next thing you know your grad year is over.
I learnt a lot about myself in that one year and absolutely loved working for Alfred Health".