Our nursing graduates
What our graduates say...
I remember feeling so excited to start my graduate year on 5 East and really looking forward to joining the army of nurses in navy scrubs, who all seemed so passionate about patient care and their work at Alfred Health.
From day one, I felt welcomed and supported, especially by my amazing graduate support nurses, clinical educators, manager and my clinical support and development nurse.
The program was well structured and offered an excellent orientation program with an approachable ward preceptor providing supernumerary time as needed. Clinical hurdles were set throughout the year to ensure that various skills and ward-based objectives were met, with feedback regularly given. Numerous opportunities were provided to increase my confidence and develop knowledge and skills through in-services, clinical tutorials and study days.
I am so grateful for the privilege to have completed my graduate year at Alfred Health and to have met and been surrounded by so many caring and dedicated people, all focussed on the provision of safe patient centred outcomes. The program has provided me with a very solid foundation to what will hopefully become a long and rewarding career.
The Alfred Mental Health Graduate Program is amazing!
Initially, when I started the Grad program in Aged Mental Health it worried me because I only had a limited knowledge about mental health which was, a semester of mental health taught in the university and a month of mental health placement as a student nurse.
But, through the graduate program I have learned and gained so much knowledge about mental health and in fact I am still learning today!
My graduate program is in the aged psychiatry and I absolutely enjoyed working with the aged population as well as working in the multidisciplinary team.
I felt fully supported throughout my graduate program from the ongoing supervision session, reflective practices and education sessions provided in this program. I managed to slowly build up my confidence and skills as a mental health nurse, through continuous help and guidance from my graduate coordinator, my preceptor, clinical educator and all the staff from the ward. All of them, were very helpful and always willing to teach me!
While in the program, I also got the opportunity to explore various career pathways and opportunities in mental health. I am glad to have my mental health graduate program with Alfred Health!
"Choosing a career in Mental Health Nursing I had no idea what to expect. The Mental Health GNP at Alfred Health allowed me to challenge myself every day in a supportive environment.
I was encouraged ask questions and learn from the whole multidisciplinary team. Every staff member made me feel welcome from the very first day and enabled me to reach goals well beyond my expectations!
We had regular study days and learning opportunities which allowed us to thoroughly link theory with practice and grow our skillset exponentially throughout the 12 months."
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".
"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".