Graduate Nurse Programs | Transition to Professional Practice (TPP) Program

Everything you need to know about where and how to get onto Nurse Graduate Programs in Australia.

Graduate Nurse Programs, now called Transition to Professional Practice (TPP) or Transition to Professional Practice Programs (TPPP) are designed to facilitate the transition of the newly registered nurse, from novice to advanced beginner registered nurse, delivered over a 12-month period.

Most programs offer rotations across various areas of the hospital. Rotations might include options such as Medical, Surgical, High Dependency, Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Services, Emergency, Orthopaedic, Immunology, Respiratory, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, General Surgery, General Medicine, Neurology, Transplant, Trauma, Neurosurgery, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, ENT Surgery, Rehabilitation, Drug & Alcohol, Urology, Day Stay, Renal/Nephrology, Gynaecology, Medical Assessment and Coordination Unit, Imaging, Dialysis, Endoscopy and Post Anaesthetic Recovery Unit.

Throughout a TPP program, graduates are typically offered clinical support, and will work with a preceptor to gain familiarity within the new clinical area and develop clinical skills. Additional support will typically be provided by Clinical Nurse Educators.

Programs are run by public hospitals and private hospitals. The following list is not exhaustive, but should provide some guidance to Graduate Nurses as to the availability of PPT programs available in Australia.