Mental Health Transition to Practice Program

Build your knowledge, skills and confidence in mental health nursing with the North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) Mental Health Transition to Practice (TTP) Program for Registered and Enrolled Nurses.

NMHS contains Western Australia’s largest mental health service caring for youths, adults and older adults. Services are delivered through inpatient units, community mental health clinics and day therapy and outreach programs to a catchment area of almost 1 million people.

Newly qualified Registered and Enrolled Nurses at NMHS are provided with the opportunity to consolidate their professional practice in a welcoming and supportive environment. During the program, newly qualified nurses will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of mental health practice settings, gaining a broad range of clinical knowledge and experience. Newly qualified nurses are provided with regular and ongoing clinical support through a site based preceptorship model to enable a smooth transition from student to practicing Registered or Enrolled Nurse.

Transition to Practice Program inclusions

  • One year contract of employment
  • Partnership with ECU to undertake two funded units of post graduate education
  • Access to ongoing professional development days
  • Supernumerary clinical practice at the commencement of each clinical area
  • Excellent support from experienced mental health nurses and educators
  • Rotational nursing roster (may include day, afternoon and nights)

 

Locations

The TTP program will include two clinical rotations across the following sites;

  • Graylands Hospital
  • State Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Mental Health Service
  • Osborne Park Older Adult Mental Health Service
  • Lower West Older Adult Mental Health Service
  • King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mental Health Mother and Baby Unit

 

Post Graduate education inclusions

Units: Newly qualified nurses enrol in the Master of Clinical Nursing Course but may exit from the course with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Mental Health) on completion of three 20 credit point units:

  1. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (CMH5109)
  2. Assessment in Mental Health (CMH5110)
  3. One of the following elective units:
    • Community Mental Health
    • Forensic Mental Health
    • Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health
    • Drug use and Addictive Behaviours

Cost: Two units will be funded by the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office:

  1. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (CMH5109)
  2. Assessment, Intervention and Skills in Mental Health (CMH5110)

The cost of the third unit will be the responsibility of the applicant. Grants can be applied for through the NMO for support with the course.

For further course information and fees for the elective unit please contact Edith Cowan University (external site).

Transition to Practice Program inclusions

  • One year contract of employment
  • Access to ongoing professional development days
  • Supernumerary clinical practice at the commencement of each clinical area
  • Excellent support from experienced mental health nurses and educators
  • Rotational nursing roster (may include day, afternoon and nights)

 

Locations

The TTP program will include two clinical rotations across the following sites;

  • Graylands Hospital
  • State Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Mental Health Service
  • Osborne Park Older Adult Mental Health Service
  • Lower West Older Adult Mental Health Service 
Last Updated: 18/05/2021