Transition to Practice Program for Registered Nurses

The ACT Health Transition to Practice Program (TTPP) for Registered Nurses is a well established and highly successful program.

The program aims to provide newly graduated nurses with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and skills, develop clinical competence and establish themselves as professional Registered Nurses.



Applications for 2018 are now closed.

Applications for 2019 will open in June 2018.

Please go to the Application process tab


The Transition to Practice Program aims to:

  • Provide a structured framework to support the graduate nurse with transition into the workforce
  • Assist the graduate nurse to consolidate their professional practice as outlined in the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016)
  • Support the graduate nurse to develop their skills and knowledge with experience in two clinical areas or as part of a specialised foundation program or stream

Key components

Key components of the Transition to Practice Program:

  • Two clinical rotations (2 x 6 months)
  • Diversity of rotations to clinical areas across ACT Health
  • Graduate intakes vary each year. In 2018, intakes will be in February, April, May, August and November
  • Three day ACT Health orientation program in addition to a TTPP orientation day
  • Extensive support network including dedicated Graduate Clinical Development Nurses (CDN) accessible all year round in addition to specialist Ward CDNs and preceptors
  •  A Transition to Practice Program Co-ordinator designated to provide leadership and support for the learning and development of all graduate nurses and the TTPP
  •  Scheduled fortnightly Graduate Education Sessions which may contribute to advance standing credit for post graduate study at the University of Canberra
  •  Completion of professional development activities as required by the Transition to Practice Program
  •  Certificate Ceremony at the end of the TTPP
  • The TTPP is supported by the Canberra Hospital and Health Services, Operational Procedure - Transition to Practice Program for Enrolled and Registered Nurses

Employee benefits

Employee benefits of the ACT Health Transition to Practice Program:

  •  7 weeks annual leave plus a paid ADO per month for full-time employees (on a rotating roster)
  • Salary packaging • Employee email account
  • Access to a large comprehensive library with access to biomedical data bases via the internet, available in your home
  • Free secure car parking on campus
  • Organised social club functions and activities • Access to free continuing education each year through in-service and the Staff Development Unit programs