On 20 February, Resthaven celebrated the graduation of the ‘Transition to Professional Practice Program’ (TPPP) class of 2019.
The Resthaven TPPP aims to provide mentoring and practical support to graduate nurses as they transition into a professional aged care environment, building confidence in their skills, and enabling them to provide high quality care to older people.
Program Preceptor, Clinical Nurse Workforce Development, Julie Tansing, who herself celebrated a 50 year nursing career in 2019, couldn’t be prouder of the progress made by this year’s class.
‘As the preceptor of the program, it has been a privilege to assist these graduates,’ Julie says.
‘It is such a rewarding and satisfying experience, and I always learn from the graduates as well.’
‘I look forward to observing their progress and development throughout their careers with Resthaven, just as I have done with previous graduates.’
‘This year’s graduates were celebrated with an afternoon tea and certificate presentation, and the opportunity to present their thoughts on the program to the assembled guests.’
‘Their expressions were considered and heartfelt, as they spoke of their appreciation of the opportunities given to them by Resthaven.’
One of the graduates, Lee, says, ‘I was thrilled to have the privilege of being selected for this program.’
‘It helped me to gain confidence as an aged care Registered Nurse.’
Lee has decided to focus on palliative care, after learning first-hand from Resthaven’s Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin.
‘I had a wonderful experience in providing end of life care and palliative care for the elderly,’ she explains. ‘Although challenging, it was an incredibly rich and rewarding experience.’
Preceptor, Julie Tansing, is particularly proud to be a part of this program this year, as 2020 was pronounced the ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ by the World Health Organisation.
2020 also marks 200 years since of the birth of one of the world’s most famous nurses, Florence Nightingale, whose birthday will be celebrated on International Nurses Day on 12 May.
An auspicious year for nurses indeed!
Well done to the Resthaven TPPP class of 2019.
Celebrating 85 years in 2020, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit, South Australian aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church. Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of around 10,000 older people and their carers, working together to provide outstanding care and support.