Frequently Asked Questions


How many intakes do you offer?

Graduate intakes vary each year and are dependent on organisational need. In 2018, ACT Health welcomed intakes in February, April, May, August and November.

How many registered nurse positions are offered?

This varies each year depending on organisational need. In 2016/2017, the TTPP offered 90 contract positions across three intakes. 2018 numbers will be around 100.

When are applications for the 2019 intake open?

Applications are expected to open in Mid June 2018. Information regarding any future recruitment will be published on the 'Application Process' section of the TTPP website.

If I want to commence my Transition to Practice program (TTPP) in the mid year intakes, when do I have to apply?

If you wished to commence in any of the 2019 intakes, you must apply in June 2018. Information regarding our recruitment process can be found in the 'Application Process' section of the website from June 2018.

Are you able to do the TTPP in a part-time capacity?

Yes, you can work part-time. ACT Health is a family friendly organisation and supports work life balance. The minimum number of shifts you must work is 7 per fortnight to complete the program in 12 months. The choice is yours, many graduates elect to work 8 shifts per fortnight.

Do you provide an orientation program as part of the TTPP?

Yes, you participate in a three day ACT Health Orientation program in addition to a TTPP orientation/workshop day.

Do I have supernumerary time during my clinical placements?

In your initial clinical area you are given two supernumerary days and one day in your second six month placement. Graduates who undertake a foundation program receive an extended supernumerary period as determined by the specialty areas.

How many clinical rotations are there in the TTPP?

There will be two clinical rotations (2 x 6 months) in 2018. These clinical placements are selected based on ward availability, organisational need and your clinical preferences that are submitted at Open Day. Each graduate can expect to get at least 1 x 6 month rotation in an area of preference.

What kind of professional development is available as part of the TTPP?

In addition to the scheduled fortnightly graduate education sessions, you have access to free continuing education each year through ward in-services and the Staff Development Unit programs. Graduates are also able to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Office postgraduate scholarship scheme if undertaking postgraduate education after the graduate year.

What clinical support is provided to me during my graduate year?

Clinical Development Nurses work exclusively with the Transition to Practice Program to provide clinical support, education, feedback and assessment of competency related to the Standards of Practice for the Registered Nurse (2016). TTPP CDNs are accessible 364 days a year from 8am-8pm*. Most clinical areas also have a specialised CDN available to assist new staff working in that clinical area. Most areas also allocate preceptors.
* excluding Christmas Day

How do I apply?

ACT Health invites applications from Registered Nurses for its Transition to Practice Program in June each year. Applications for 2019 are expected to open in mid June. Information regarding this recruitment process will be advertised on the ACT Health employment website.

When will the interview process take place?

Successful applicants are invited to participate in a Skills Assessment Centre, which includes a short interview and individual documentation exercise. The Skills Assessment Centre will take place September 10 & 11, 2018. You will be invited to attend 1x half day session.

When will I know if I have been offered a position at Canberra Hospital?

Successful applicants will be notified approximately 4-5 weeks after completing the Assessment Centre.

When do I submit preferences for my clinical placements during the TTPP?

Requests for clinical placements are submitted after you have accepted your offer of employment from ACT Health. You will be invited to attend Open Day on November 15, 2018 to submit your preferences.

What happens to my clinical placements if I am unsuccessful in obtaining a Foundation Program position?

In addition to selecting Foundation program requests, it is recommended that you include other area requests as well. If you do not advise us of your clinical requests your placements will be allocated according to organisation need and ward availability.

If am unsuccessful at gaining a specialty Foundation position, am I still able to do a clinical rotation to this area during my TTPP?

Placements are not available for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Centre for Newborn Care outside of the foundation program. In 2018, 6 month placements were offered in Perioperative in the specialty of PACU and EDSU as well as the foundation program (12 months in Perioperative).