Graduate nursing program enhancements

Graduate nursing program enhancements

04 Mar 2008

The 2008 Graduate Nurse Program at the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital commenced on Monday 4th February with an intake of five Division 1 nurses who have recently completed their undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing degrees at La Trobe University.

All of these graduate nurses have completed second and third-year undergraduate clinical placements at the AW Private Hospital, giving them a special insight into their new workplace.

The Clinical School partnership (see below for more information) between the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital and La Trobe University’s Division of Nursing and Midwifery at the Albury-Wodonga campus facilitates a very positive clinical placement experiences for La Trobe nursing students.

Of particular note is the achievement of Xue (Cher) Wang, who was an international student from China. Cher completed her Year 12 studies locally before successfully undertaking her Bachelor of Nursing studies at La Trobe Albury-Wodonga, which included clinical placements at the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital. Cher made a successful application to the Graduate Program and commenced her employment in this role on Monday 4th February.

The Graduate Program at the AW Private Hospital aims to support newly Registered Nurses in their transition into the workplace and into their first role as an RN. A Graduate Program Coordinator facilitates this transition and the program is support by an orientation program, study days and a preceptor/buddy system.

Background Information: La Trobe University and Albury-Wodonga Private Hospital Clinical School Partnership

In 2004, the La Trobe University Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Albury-Wodonga campus, developed a collaborative partnership arrangement with the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital and the clinical school was formed, the first of its type in regional Australia. Over the past four years, the La Trobe nursing students have experienced clinical placements in a high-quality, supportive environment. Many students have gone on to complete their first year graduate program at the hospital and are still part of their cohesive nursing team, working and living in the Albury-Wodonga region.

As part of the partnership to enhance nursing education in the Albury-Wodonga region, the La Trobe academic lecturers provide expert educational programs for the staff at the Hospital. Similarly, Hospital nurses assist with the delivery of lectures and tutorials to the students on campus. The two institutions also present combined presentations at conferences throughout Australia and participate in joint research projects as part of the partnership.


Albury Wodonga/Murray Valley Private Hospitals
Sally Squire
Staff Development and Education Manager
P: (02) 6022 4106

To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact:

Reinhard Beissbarth
La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga
Phone: 02 6024 9874




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