About The Tweed Byron Mental Health NetworkTThe Tweed Byron Mental Health service provides community and inpatient care to clients aimed at assisting with their mental health needs. Specialties of this mental health service include a young persons and family team, older persons team and acute and extended care teams in the community.
Contact Person – Designation
Mental Health Registered Nurse Positions:
Dan Sullivan – Mental Health Network Educator(07) 5506 7370 Daniel.Sullivan1@health.nsw.gov.au
The ‘Transition to Practice Mental Health Nursing Practice’ program operating in the Tweed Byron is designed to integrate first year newly graduated Registered Nurses into the mental health clinical setting and provide learning opportunities for development toward proficiency in mental health nursing. The structure of the program combines experiential learning in the workplace while the nurse is employed on a full time 12 month contract with the Northern NSW Health District. Successful applicants who accept a place on the program will have the opportunity to rotate through a number of differing clinical settings.
The program is articulated with the Southern Cross university and has an academic component which consists of structured learning and group activities on key mental health topics provided by the health service and developed in consultation with the SCU and delivered over the 12 month period. Assessment of learning is undertaken throughout the program in a number of ways including written assignments and oral presentations to peers. In addition to experiential and structured learning, participants will be supervised and mentored throughout the program. A certificate of completion will be issued to participants on satisfactory completion which at the time of writing entitles the holder to credit toward post graduate study such as graduate certificate or masters.
This program has been designed with the aim of firstly transitioning persons from undergraduate study to the workforce and secondly assisting development from new graduate nurse to expert practitioner. The program aims to prepare participants to undertake higher degree study in the area of mental health and at the time of writing negotiations are taking place, the outcome of which it is hoped will be recognition of this program as credit toward a higher degree at one or more Tertiary Education Providers.
Number of Transition to Practice positions
Registered Nurse Mental Health positions, all commencing February, rotations will be either in Tweed Heads or Byron Shires.
A 7 day rotating roster will apply.
For The Tweed Area
Successful candidates will need to source their own accommodation. There are opportunities in Tweed Heads or the surrounding villages and towns along the coast or across the boarder into Queensland.
There are a range of social activities available throughout the Tweed Byron area, the Gold Coast and in near by Brisbane, ranging from restaurants, theatres and services clubs to outdoor activities.
The Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast offer beaches, rivers and mountains for those who favour outdoor life. With Surfers Paradise only 30 minutes drive away and Brisbane just over one hour there is a great deal of social activities to choose from. The Gold Coast International Airport is little more than ten minute drive from the Tweed hospital.