No fee to the individual as funded by the Australian Government Department of Health
The Aged Care Transition to Practice program (ACTTP) aims to increase the availability of nurses (ENs and RNs) with experience and training in aged care. The partnership created between the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and the Aged Care Provider will foster cultural change, improve health outcomes, and enhance the quality of life of older people living in your facilities.
The ACTTP aims to develop the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to provide holistic and evidence-based care to older people. The program also aims to encourage the legal and ethical understanding of the relevant clinical practice and support nurse graduates in developing their role as autonomous members of the multidisciplinary team and professional leaders within aged care homes. The program is designed to support recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and is flexible to adapt to emerging evidence-based practice.
- Access to skilled aged-care nurse educator who possess a wide variety of specialised skills and expertise.
- Access to an online course and discussion forums 24/7.
- Nine study days equivalent to 95 CPD hours. The days are spread over 12 months to allow flexible learning.
- Access to 9 self-paced CPD modules exclusively designed for aged care.
- Access to updated course material, online quizzes, online discussion forums (to promote professional communication, collaboration and peer networking which is essential for all aged-care environments), resources and references to websites.
- Real-life case scenarios to analyse, discuss and examine the current practice.
- Last day: Consolidation of the program by presenting a portfolio.
The ACTTP enables you to attract, develop and retain new graduates to the sector. The program is designed to empower recent nurse graduates to become the clinical and professional leaders required for the aged care reform agenda announced in the 2021/2022 Federal Budget in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
At successful completion of the course students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced-based person-centred nursing care for older people.
- apply clinical practice development for the improvement of health outcomes.
- integrate specialist knowledge, assessment skills and information to support an improved standard of care for older people.
- develop enhanced clinical decision-making skills using multiple modes of enquiry and collaborative approaches.
- maintain effective therapeutic relationships with older adults, their support network, professional colleagues and other stakeholders.
The Aged Care Transition to Practice is a 12-month course, consisting of 9 study days.
Approximate hours of study are 95 hours.
|Synchronous content||Self-paced ACN CPD modules over 12 months|
|Day one: Introductory session
| Day two: Infection prevention & control day
| Day three: Clinical care day 1
| Day four: Behaviour support day
| Day five: Professional issues
| Day six: Clinical care day – 2
| Day seven: Quality of life and diversity in aged care homes
| Day eight: Palliative care day
| Day nine: Consolidation of the program & Graduation
Nurses must have completed their university graduate degree or graduate degree in the last two years.
Diva Madan, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, MN clinical education, BN, BSc, DN, Cert IV TAE and ANI
Diva coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing and Aged Care Transition to Practice Program. Diva has also coordinated the Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer and Cancer Nursing. Diva has over 16 years of experience in geriatric health, infection prevention and control and palliative care. Diva is passionate about improving nursing care in Aged Care Homes. Diva has an extensive background in mentoring Aged Care Nurses. Diva enjoys going beyond the essential elements of the curriculum, preparing nurses to be creative, curious, critical thinkers and leaders essential for providing evidence-based holistic care to older people across all settings.
Frequently asked questions
Your workplace needs to have an agreement with ACN to allocate places in the program. Please speak to your employer and ask them if they would like to participate.
To be eligible through your employer, participants in the program can be from the following streams:
- newly graduated RN’s with under 2 years-experience and have not previously completed a transition to practice program
- newly graduated EN’s with under 2 years-experience and have not previously completed a transition to practice program
- transitioning registered nurses not in their first year of clinical practice overall but in their first year of clinical practice in aged care.
The course runs over 12 months.
You will access to ACN’s dedicated aged-care educator and will be supported in the workplace by a mentor (allocated by your employer).
Yes, you have 9 study days throughout the year which you attend as study leave.
The program is offered by blended learning with a combination of self-paced asynchronous online sessions and synchronous sessions which are being offered via teleconference. There are 9 synchronous full day sessions covering all the topics you need to become a leader in aged-care practice. You and your mentor will also have access to nine aged-care specific online modules. You will be able to log into our learning management system where you can access all the material and communicate with your coordinator and others in the course. Throughout the course you will be developing your professional portfolio which is presented on the last day as you reflect on the course and plan your next step in lifelong learning.
The ACTTP program is designed specifically for nurses in the aged care sector.
ACNs other Transition to Practice program is different in the following ways:
- ACN does not receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to deliver this program
- the program is generic and not specific to the aged care sector
- ACN has a relationship with the student only
- The aged care provider must provide allocated time so the student can attend the ACTTP program.
- A mentor is allocated by their employer to support the student in the workplace.
- The aged care provider must be approved by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018to provide services under the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth).
- The aged care provider must adhere to the National Employment Standards (NES). If the employers of registered nurse participants in the program are found to be violating the NES, this agreement may be terminated by ACN without prior notice.
- The aged care provider can only enrol participants into the program who are newly graduated nurses (up to two years post-graduation) in their first year of clinical practice who have not previously participated in a transition to practice program (however named).
- The aged care provider must assign senior nurse mentors to graduates and be willing to provide time to their nurse graduates and mentors to engage with the program.
Mentors will have access to four hours of education over the 12 months. They will also have access to the learning management system and support from the course coordinator.
“My RN’s who have done the program are excelling in their role, so I am a huge advocate for it.”
– Estia Healthcare, Executive Director (QLD)
Opal manager at Springwood Terrace would like to communicate how proud she is of her nurse (newly graduate) who undertook the 2021 nurse graduate program at ACN “NG is a well-motivated, caring registered nurse. NG is becoming an excellent RN within a short period of time. She has come so far from novice to a leader, critical thinker and clinical decision-maker”
“The program is the first of its kind that I have seen in aged care and proven to be an excellent stepping stone for our new graduate nurses”