The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine has three initiatives that integrate teaching and learning and community engagement at specific critical milestones in the continuum of career development for nurses, all funded by the Department of Health Western Australia.
Firstly, the Early Career Development Program cultivates and measures Year 10 students' interest in nursing as a career option. It was created in 2007 and has continued with funding from the Nursing and Midwifery Office at the Department of Health. An Aboriginal Student Early Career Development Program has also been established. The program forms relationships with young people and their schools at an early point in the development of their careers to increase enthusiasm for nursing, reduce pressures on hospitals to create work experience placements, and increases student satisfaction with work experience.
Secondly, a series of longitudinal clinical partnership programs across sectors has been established to offer undergraduate nursing students the opportunity to undertake all their practical placements in one setting. Formalised longitudinal partnerships now form a significant program offered to ECU's undergraduate nursing students.
Thirdly, a linked partnership with the Department of Health allows students at the mid-point in their course to undertake an additional module and obtain eligibility to register as an enrolled nurse. A partnership is also in place with West Coast Institute of Training, enabling students at the end of their 1st year to obtain a Certificate III as an assistant in nursing, acute care.
Professor Cobie Rudd, Associate Professor Christopher Churchouse, Professor Di Twigg.
Secondary schools, Vocational Education and Training sector, hospitals, WA Health Department, WA Department of Education, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office.