Nursing and midwifery are diverse and exciting career choices that offer many opportunities for both registered and enrolled nurses. The department’s Nurse & Midwifery Workforce unit assists nurses enhance their professional development through educational opportunities.
Nursing and midwifery are dynamic professions. Roles and practice are continually evolving. To consolidate education and clinical practice, a graduate nurse program is recommended for new graduates, though not compulsory.
Further education and training
Nurses and midwives have a responsibility to make sure their knowledge and skills remain current. This may be achieved through both formal and informal education and training. Many employers offer in-service programs. There are a wide range of short courses and educational forums available through public and private providers.
For nurses and midwives wishing to specialise, a range of postgraduate nursing courses are available including postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, masters and doctoral level studies
Postgraduate scholarships are available to provide financial support for nurses and midwives wishing to undertake postgraduate education in targeted areas of practice.
The nurse practitioner role is a developing role for senior, advanced clinical nurses, support for postgraduate Masters qualifications are available.
Enrolled nurses have a range of opportunities to enhance their clinical practice and career opportunities. Post-registration education modules are available through private or public registered training organisations.
Enrolled nurses are able to upgrade their nursing qualifications to registered nurse qualification through formal tertiary education.
Advance practice nurse endoscopists
Information for Victorian health services considering development and implementation of an Advanced Practice Nurse Endoscopist model of care and service.
Continuing Nursing and Midwifery Education grant
The Continuing Nursing and Midwifery Education grant supports professional development programs for nurses and midwives on clinical practice in acute care.
Employment opportunities for nurses and midwives
In Victoria midwifery and nursing jobs are usually published online and in print media. See the Victorian Health Jobs website for public sector health jobs.
Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program funding currently focuses on applications in aged care and chronic disease management.
Postgraduate nursing and midwifery scholarships
Scholarships are available for registered nurses, midwives, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners and maternal and child health nurses
Reviewed 08 September 2015