The CCU Discovery Program is designed for Division 1 Registered Nurses wishing to gain clinical experience in Cardiac Nursing. The program combines theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in a supported and dynamic environment over a 6-month period.
Western Health CCU is an integrated unit supported by a 24-hour acute angioplasty service. You will be involved in the clinical management of the acute STEMI patient as well as patients with acute heart failure and arrhythmias with haemodynamic instability.
Participants are given an extensive orientation to the cardiac care environment with clinical, educational and professional support from specialist clinical educators, preceptors, and CCU staff. The program consists of 2 supernumerary days to the ward, 4 study days where topics include basic ECG interpretation, Pacing, CPAP, interpretation of arterial blood gases, and Cardiac Monitoring. A supernumerary day is also spent in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory to further enrich development. Learning packages and a clinical hurdle are included to facilitate your learning. On completion, the knowledge and clinical skills developed will allow for safe and effective practice and the opportunity to continue further education in this exciting field by enrolling into the Post -graduate Diploma in Cardiac Nursing.
Next intake: late January to early February
The postgraduate Diploma in Cardiac Nursing is run in conjunction with Latrobe University.
The course can be taken over 12 or 18 months.
A 16 week rotation to Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is an elective component of this course.
Western Health scholarships are available on application.
Sharron Scott & Leejay KristapsonClinical Nurse EducatorsWestern HospitalTel: 8345 7250Email: [email protected]Email: [email protected]