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Perioperative nursing is a dynamic and principle based specialty. Diversity of procedures require skilled clinicians to support this work.

The Perioperative Transition to Practice (T2P) Program is a 12 month program across WSLHD Operating Suites, consisting of foundational nursing practice concepts related to the perioperative environment.


Our Mission

The T2P program commenced as a recruitment and retention strategy for WSLHD in February 2017, and aimed at developing a strong perioperative nursing workforce with sound foundational knowledge and skills to support safe patient care. The program has been developed to meet the growing needs of WSLHD, with the opening of large perioperative facilities and services in 2021This development has provided enormous employment opportunities for staff with experience in perioperative nursing.

Given the level of organisational redevelopment, and increasingly high acuity and complexity of WSLHD patients, the need for a structured educational support program for nursing staff transitioning from New Graduate Nurse or Registered nurse to perioperative nurse was identified. The T2P program has evolved over recent years but continues to deliver a District training and education program to develop quality frontline perioperative nurses.



Aims and Objectives

The T2P Program is an educational program specifically tailored for novice nurses transitioning into Perioperative nursing, and supports development through engagement with contemporary knowledge and clinical experience. The program will provide a richness and diversity of educational and learning opportunities for staff transitioning into the program. Transition to Practice can be is defined as:

“The period of learning, adjustment and socialization, when the nurse applies, consolidates and increases their existing knowledge, gaining competence (knowledge, skill, and attitude) that is applicable to the nursing practice of the clinical setting or patient population in which they are expected to perform.” (Boyle, Butcher et al. 2008)


The aims of the program will enable participants to:
  • Complete Ministry of Health mandatory learning and assessment requirements for perioperative nurses
  • Engage with ACORN Standards (2016) and contemporary evidence to guide critical thinking and problem solving
  • Link theory into clinical nursing practice to provide safe patient care of a high standard (Standard 6)
  • Enhance the patients surgical outcome through delivery of quality perioperative nursing care
  • Apply the principles of patient assessment in the care of the complex patient (Standard 9)
  • Utilise the skills of critical thinking, clinical decision making, reflection and trouble shooting in their clinical practice (Standard 7, 10, and 11)
  • Apply the basic fundamental and core principles of perioperative nursing practice into their clinical nursing management of patients (Standard 8 and 13)
  • Develop adaptable clinical skills across specialties (Standard 5)
  • Work from a professional, legal, and ethic framework to support perioperative patients and their families (Standard 1, 2, and 4)
  • Be prepared for tertiary education studies (Standard 12 and 14)
  • Understand the importance of reflective clinical supervision in their own self-care (Standard 15)

Participants are supported by a detailed career pathway that provides a framework of how nurses may progress from novice to expert.


Program Outline

The 2023 program will be conducted across WSLHD facilities (Auburn, Blacktown and Westmead) with participants rotating across all four perioperative nursing roles.

Each facility will conduct 3 rotations as follows:

  • Auburn: 3 months in Anaesthetic, 3 months in Post Anaesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU) and 6 months in Instrument/ Circulating
  • BMDH & Westmead: 4 months in Anaesthetics, 4 months in PACU and 4 months in Instrument/ Circulating

To successfully complete the T2P program, participants need to complete both Clinical and Theoretical learning components.

The ‘clinical’ component consists of:

  • Perioperative Orientation (5 days)
  • Clinical skills / competency assessments for each role
  • Manuals/ workbooks for each role

The ‘theoretical learning’ component consists of:

  • Case analysis
  • Quality project
  • Reflective activities

Support for program participants is provided by experienced perioperative educators, intensive orientation and skills workshops, rostered supernumerary release for each role and ongoing in-services.

Who Can Apply?

The 2023 T2P program will only be available to CURRENT interested Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) registered nurses RN2 or above (must be RN2 by program commencement).

Role requirements

To apply you must:

  • be able to work a full time rotating roster (generally Monday – Friday, with a mix of am /pm shifts)
  • have physical capability to work across all perioperative roles (Anaesthetic, PACU, Instrument/ Circulating)
  • have adaptability to learn within a fast paced environment
  • be willing to complete all program requirements (practical and theoretical)
  • be a proactive learner


How to Apply?

Recruitment for the T2P program occurs annually.

In 2023 there will be three intakes - February, March and May. Each facility has the following Intake dates:

  • Auburn – March intake only
  • BMDH – February and May intake only
  • Westmead – February, March and May intake

Notification and expression of interest will be advertised in the WSLHD ‘Regular Dose’.

*** EOI ends by close of business 7th October 2022. No late submissions accepted ***

You will be required to submit your CV and a one page cover letter outlining interest in program and previous nursing experience.

Interviews will occur in the week commencing 17th October 2022.

Interview Process

Each WSLHD Facility (Auburn, Blacktown and Westmead) will conduct their own interview process.

The interview process consists of the following components:
    1. An interview panel
    2. 2 x Referee checks (current +/- previous NUM)



You can download the Perioperative Opportunities Flyer here


Site specific Information – contact the Facility Nursing & Midwifery Workforce Manager
Program specific information - please forward all enquiries to WSLHD-Careers



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