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Refresher Course for Registered Nurses

The Refresher course has been designed for Registered Nurses who hold general registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and who meet the Recency of Practice Registration Standard of three (3) months practice in the last five years but wish to refresh their knowledge in acute care nursing. It is also ideal for nurses working in non-acute areas of practice that wish to work in acute care.

Successful applicants will have an opportunity to learn contemporary best-practice and have a rare opportunity to gain experience within the Mater Health Hospitals. The course is designed to build on your previous nursing skills, knowledge and experience to prepare you for safe practice according to the relevant NMBA Registered and Enrolled Nurse standards for practice.

Upon completion of the course, participant will:

  • be provided with current information which is evidence-based and constitutes ‘best-practice’ in clinical procedures
  • receive relevant clinical practice throughout their program
  • have the opportunity to observe and perform a variety of clinical skills including medication administration within the acute care setting with the support of preceptors, clinical support educators and nurse educators
  • be given the opportunity to be individually assessed, with regular feedback regarding clinical performance
  • be supported by exceptional Educators and facilitators to achieve competence

Who should attend?

The course is designed for Registered Nurses who:

  • hold general registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and
  • meet the Recency of Practice Registration Standard of three (3) months practice in the last five years.

Learning Outcomes

Mater has partnered with the Australian College of Nurses (ACN) to bring you an opportunity to continue your professional development. The Refresher Program for Registered Nurses is designed to enable students to draw on the nurse’s previous nursing experience and qualifications and to build on that by providing an introduction to the contemporary requirements of the current day nurse. This includes a nurse who demonstrates professional practice, critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of care and collaborative and therapeutic practice.

The theoretical component compromising of the online learning modules must be undertaken at pre commencement and the clinical component which includes assessment of clinical competence will be commenced thereafter. The clinical component will be 120 hours in duration. Upon successful completion of the online course ACN will provide the participant with a certificate.

On completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Standards for practice 2016
  • Perform holistic patient-centred care in an acute care clinical setting
  • Demonstrate safe practice in medication administration by a variety of routes
  • Participate in nursing inquiry/evidence-based research to make informed clinical decisions
  • Identify the value of diversity and cultural safety within the healthcare workplace 

Duration and Cost

The Refresher Program for Registered Nurses requires the participant to complete the online theoretical knowledge through ACN and be available for all shifts within Mater Health. We will be able to allow for some flexibility within shift days however times are set by the ward areas. On successful appointment to the program, the start date preferences will be discussed.
The participant will attend:
  • two day workshop (16 hours in total)
  • 120 hours of clinical placement within Mater Health
  • Supported by the Refresher Course Coordinator, Educators and Clinical Facilitators.
The cost for course is $4200. This includes the fee for the online theoretical component through ACN.


To be eligible to pass the program, the applicant must satisfactorily complete all the requirements, including:

  • Competency assessments
  • ACN online modules
  • Reflective practise
  • Clinical Practise Assessment Tool (CPAT)

Employment outcomes

Following successful completion of the course, participants will be able to apply for RN positions available within the casual pool roster.

Application process

This program is open to eligible nurses registered in Australia who have been out of the nursing workforce for five years or less or have been working in a non acute nursing environment for up to 10 years.

All applicants will be interviewed after applications have been received.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Evidence of a minimum of one-year post graduate clinical nursing experience
  • National Australian Federal Police Check: Health workers and students must comply with Employment Screening using Criminal Record Checks Policy Directive PD2005_552
  • Immunisation record
  • A Curriculum Vitae showing evidence of previous clinical practice
  • Passport photo

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