The RMH ICU has a diverse range of educational opportunities for nurses wanting to expand their skills and knowledge in a challenging yet rewarding environment.
ICU staff talk about what it's like working in the RMH ICU
Our state-of-the art 42 bed capacity ICU cares for patients with:
- Major traumatic injuries
- Haematological emergencies
- Obstetric emergencies
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Respiratory failure
- Kidney failure
- Sepsis and multi organ failure
- Infectious diseases
The RMH ICU has a diverse range educational opportunities for nurses wanting to expand their skills and knowledge in a challenging yet rewarding environment. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional educational support to ensure staff feel supported, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge as they transition into Intensive Care Nursing.
Within the ICU, we pride ourselves on building teams ‘The Melbourne Way’ – we put people first, lead with kindness and achieve excellence together.
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Postgraduate Nurse Program - ICU
The Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (GCNP) - Intensive Care course is designed to prepare nurses to meet contemporary challenges in intensive care nursing within the specialist field of critical care nursing. The GCNP is conducted with our affiliate university, Deakin University.
The course is four credit, part-time, clinical coursework program. It consists of four subjects completed over 12 months. Enrolment into a Master of Nursing Practice through Deakin University is required, with exit points at Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma levels.
Applicants must have minimum of one year of acute nursing experience to apply.
Refresher to ICU
The Refresher to ICU course is open to Registered Nurses who hold an Intensive Care postgraduate qualification. This course is geared towards applicants who have previously completed a postgraduate 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 12 months. Applicants must have worked within a critical care unit/ward within the past five years.
Bridging to ICU
The Bridging to ICU course is open to Registered Nurses who hold a 'critical care' postgraduate qualification. This course is geared towards applicants who have a critical care higher qualification who would like to work within the RMH ICU.
This 12-month training program incorporates interactive online learning, tutorials, and in-house clinical and academic assessments. Program length is 12 months. Participants will be supported clinically within the workplace.
The RISE ICU program is open to Registered Nurses with at least one year of clinical experience. This six-month training program incorporates interactive online learning, tutorials, and workshops, self-directed learning and assessments. The program length is six months with six months consolidation in the setting. Participants will be supported clinically within the workplace.
The SMART Program (Staff Mentor and Resource Training Program) is a specially designed program that supports new Critical Care Registered Nurses (CCRNs) commencing in ICU at the RMH. It is a flexible model of mentorship that responds to the learning needs and requirements of CCRNs transitioning to a tertiary-level trauma centre such as the RMH ICU. Throughout the 6-month program, new CCRNs are provided with relevant theory, knowledge and clinical support to develop the skills and confidence to care for our complex cohort of patients.
We pride ourselves on our inclusive and diverse workforce of Critical Care Registered Nurses and provide a smooth recruitment and on-boarding process in conjunction with our People and Culture and Immigration teams where required, including:
- Support with your Australian visa options
- A comprehensive relocation package to support your move to Melbourne, Victoria
- Assistance with AHPRA registrations for International Nurses
- Regular communication and updates throughout the recruitment process
- Flexible commencement dates
- A variety of formal and informal programs to suit your individual needs.
At the RMH ICU, staff wellbeing and work/life balance is paramount and we aim to ensure flexibility to suit your lifestyle with the following:
- Rotating roster of 8, 10 or 12 hour shifts
- Option of individualised self-rostering
- Paid professional development leave and study leave for ongoing educational opportunities
- Flexible working arrangements for staff returning from parental leave
- Access to online platform for ease of shift swaps
- Email and SMS supplementary roster options
Find out more about nursing careers at the RMH.