There are many opportunities across The Royal Melbourne Hospital to grow your nursing career. Gain introductory knowledge in speciality areas in our tailor made 6 - 12 month RISE programs. 

Application closing dates for our 2023 programs are being extended. Please visit our recruitment page for details about specific program streams and dates.

The Registered nurse Introduction to Specialty Education (RISE) Programs aims to support nurses to develop their clinical knowledge and skills in a specialty area of nursing practice. The program provides nurses with a structured career pathway, relevant to clinical nursing and has been designed to advance clinical practice through evidence-based theoretical and clinical education.

In the RISE program you will:

  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving
  • Apply concepts to clinical practice
  • Contribute to the specialist healthcare team

Virtual Information Sessions

Several virtual information sessions are scheduled to showcase our 2023 RISE and programs. . These information sessions will help you to gain a greater understanding of our patient cohorts, frequent presentations, specialty area interests and program overview. Clinical Nurse Educators from each specialty and nursing education will be available to answer any questions you may have about both RISE and Postgraduate Programs.

Register for Virtual Information Session 1: Wednesday 10 August, 4.30pm - 5.45pm.

Register for Virtual Information Session 2: Friday 12 August, 10.00am - 11.15am.

Register for Virtual Information Session 3: Wednesday 17 August, 4.30pm - 5.45pm.

Streams we offer:

We offer a variety of streams across our RISE programs. Please note, stream availability is subject to change.

Cardiac Care (Cardiology and Cardiothoracics)

A six-month program co-facilitated by the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Clinical Nurse Educator teams with a focus on cardiac assessment, ECG interpretation, cardiac monitoring and identifying and responding to clinical deterioration.

Applications for the 2023 Cardiac Care RISE program will open in 2023.

Day Medical

The Day Medical stream explores concepts related to a busy, dynamic and fast-paced day medical service.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Emergency

The Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Department is a busy and unique workplace, whose team provides a high level of acute care in a multi-disciplinary setting. We are a Level 1 Adult Trauma and tertiary referral centre, with over 85,000 presentations annually.

The service provides assessment, investigations and treatment of all patients who present and is part of a designated Major Trauma Service and has a high acuity case mix with an emphasis on Trauma, Infectious Disease, Chest Pain Evaluation, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

This six-month program encompasses the development of skills and knowledge considered fundamental to the emergency nurse, with a focus on developing proficiency in assessment and management of emergency patients.

As a highly sought after program we have an ongoing commitment to internal professional development and as such we do not have any external positions available to the January 2023 intake.

Applications for the 2023 intake are now open (internal only).

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Genereal Medical and Gastroenterology (Internal applicants only)

This six-month program aims to increase understanding and awareness of the complex care requirements associated with gastroenterology and general medical conditions as well as geriatric orthopaedic trauma

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

General Medical and Respiratory Medicine

This six-month program explores higher level system-based patient assessment principles, branches off to General Mmedical/ Respiratory presentations and management, before joining the Infectious Diseases stream to focus on identifying and responding to clinical deterioration.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

General Surgery

This six-month program aims to increase understanding and awareness of the assessment and management required to safely provide care for a patient pre-, intra- and post-operatively including pain management, invasive devices and wound/stoma management.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Haematology/Bone Marrow Transplant

This six-month program provide both theoretical concepts and clinical experience for a nurse beginning in cancer nursing. This program has a focus on haemopoiesis and disease processes, common complications and psychosocial and wellbeing.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Infectious Diseases

This six-month program delves into higher level system-based patient assessment principles, infectious diseases and treatments and then joins the Medical and Respiratory streams to explore identifying and responding to clinical deterioration.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Intensive Care

Our in-house courses, RISE to ICU, Bridging and Refresher to ICU programs, are now open for applications. We are looking for passionate and dedicated individuals to join our ICU team.

Take the next step with your nursing practice, as part of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in a world-class teaching hospital that is one of Victoria’s largest adult trauma centres. Our state-of-the art 42 bed capacity ICU is part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre precinct caring for patients with:

  • Major Traumatic Injuries
  • haematological emergencies
  • Obstetric emergencies
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Respiratory failure
  • Renal failure
  • Sepsis and multi organ failure
  • Infectious disease

About the programs

RISE ICU

  • The RISE ICU program is open to Registered Nurses with at least 1 year clinical experience
  • This 6 month training program incorporates interactive online learning, tutorials, and workshops, self-directed learning and assessments
  • Program length is 6 months with 6 months consolidation in the setting.
  • Participants will be supported clinically within the workplace.

Bridging to ICU

  • The Bridging to ICU course is open to Registered Nurses who hold a 'critical care' post graduate qualification
  • This course is geared towards applicants who have a critical care higher qualification who would like to work within the RMH ICU department
  • This 12 month training program incorporates interactive online learning, tutorials, and in-house clinical and academic assessments.
  • Participants will be supported clinically within the workplace.
  • Program length is 12 months.

Refresher to ICU

  • The Refresher to ICU course is open to Registered Nurses who hold an Intensive Care post graduate qualification
  • This course is geared towards applicants who have previously completed a post graduate qualification within ICU, but have not worked within the clinical setting in recent years.
  • This 12 month training program incorporates interactive online learning, tutorials and workshops, and in-house clinical and academic assessments.
  • Program length is twelve (12) months.
  • Applicants must have worked within a critical care unit/ward within the past 5 years

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Neurosciences

In this six-month program, participants explore common neurological and neurosurgical presentations and will develop the knowledge and skills required to manage patients with acute stroke, intracranial pathology, epilepsy as well as those post neurosurgery.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Nurse Resource Transition Pool (NRTP)

The six-month program in NRTP has a focus on medical conditions and surgical presentations, as well as invasive devices and the deteriorating patient.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Perioperative Services

The RMH Perioperative Department consists of 16 theatres and 25 recovery bays catering for all major types of adult surgery (with the exception of obstetrics and gynaecology). The RMH perioperative department completes on average 60+ elective & emergency procedures daily. The Perioperative RISE program is designed to prepare nurses to meet the complex challenges within the speciality practice area over 12 months, including; perianaesthics, recovery, scrub and scout nursing.

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must have had a GNP rotation or recent clinical experience as a registered nurse in a PeriOperative service.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Renal

This six-month program delves into acute kidney injuries and chronic kidney disease, as well as peritoneal and haemodialysis. RISE participants will learn to provide specialised care for individuals with a variety of conditions such as metabolic, renal disease, mineral and bone disease, inflammatory diseases, diabetic renal disease and acute kidney injury as well as care for chronic haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Sub-Acute

This six-month program has a focus on patient assessment principles and common presentation and management priorities within the sub-acute setting as well as building knowledge and skill in identifying and responding to clinical deterioration.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Trauma (Orthopaedics and Plastics)

The six (6) month Trauma Program brings together participants from Orthopaedics (7SW) and Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) and Plastics (7SE). Participants will gain knowledge and clinical skill in trauma, orthopaedics and plastics assessment and management with a focus on identifying and responding to clinical deterioration.

Applications for the 2023 intake are open now.

Course Structure

RISE content is delivered across a range of modalities including:

Online Modules

Online learning Modules are delivered through a dedicated learning platform, with tailor made modules created specifically for RISE participants by subject matter experts. Throughout the program, participants will engage with weekly online content including interactive learning activities, videos and evidence based resources specific to their speciality stream and program.

Professional Development Days

A minimum three professional development days are offered in each RISE program stream, providing opportunity for virtual or face-to-face workshops, clinical skill practice and/or clinical simulation within the RMH Simulation Centre.

Program Hurdles

RISE participants have hurdle tasks to complete, ensuring translation of theory to practice.

Clinical Education Support

RISE participants will also have dedicated continual clinical support from Clinical Nurse Educators who work in the speciality area. This includes one on one time with the CNE’s and Nurse Unit Managers to discuss experiences, career planning and goal setting.

Applications and Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the RISE programs include:

  • Undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent
  • Diploma of Nursing *stream dependent
  • Successful completion of Graduate Nurse Program (GNP) or equivalent
  • Employment within the Royal Melbourne Hospital at minimum of 0.6EFT in clinical area offering the program for the duration of the program
  • Successful application and enrolment into the RISE program as agreed by the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM), Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) and Course Co-ordinator

Future Pathways

Following the RISE Program, participants will continue to be supported as an integral member of The Royal Melbourne Hospital workforce. Participants may also consider a career pathway that includes completion of a university-affiliated Post Graduate program. Please see our Post-Graduate Programs webpage for further information on tertiary affiliations and streams offered to progress your career at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Need more information?

For further information please contact the Post Graduate Nursing program coordinator by emailing postgraduatenursing@mh.org.au