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Nursing Refresher Course

This course is designed for qualified Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses who are out-of-practice and wish to refresh their knowledge in acute care nursing. It is also ideal for nurses working in non-acute areas of practice who wish to return to work in acute care environment.

Participants will learn contemporary best-practice and renew their confidence while gaining practical experience in some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals.

Throughout the course, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of contemporary, evidence-based best practice, in a clinical environment.
  • be supported within a preceptorship model, working supernumerary alongside Mater Staff.
  • observe and perform a variety of clinical skills including medication administration within the acute care setting with support and regular feedback from preceptors and facilitators.

Who should attend?

The refresher course is designed for aualified registered nurses and enrolled nurses to build on your previous nursing skills, knowledge and experience to prepare you for safe practice according to the relevant NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice.

Course information

  • This course includes four components:

    1. Theoretical learning modules (online)

    • Mater has partnered with the Australian College of Nurses (ACN) to deliver the theoretical, online learning modules. These modules equate to 36 CPD hours and must be completed prior to the practical and clinical components. They will take approximately four weeks to complete.

    NB: If you have successfully completed ACN’s online refresher within the last 12 months, you may be able to progress immediately to the workshop component of the program.

    2. Mater Education learning modules (online)

    • Approximately 20 hours of guided online modules

    3. One day orientation workshop

    • Orientation date will depend on the completion of the online modules and will be discussed with each participant, one-on-one. Subject to change due to COVID-19.

    4. Clinical placement (120 hours)

    • Clinical placement will be accommodated at Mater's exceptional hospitals during a designated placement period. While shift times may be negotiable, start and finish dates are fixed.

    Together, these components will allow participants to build upon their previous nursing experience (and qualifications), and understand the requirements of a contemporary, current-day nurse, including professional practice, critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of care and collaborative and therapeutic practice.