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Learning and Development

Learning and development is crucial to ensuring the success of both our employees and the organisation

St George's Hospital believes that learning and development is crucial to ensuring the success of both our employees and the organisation. Education programmes are designed to be relevant to the development of employees and their careers as well as meeting the needs of the organisation.

National and international conferences and seminars

Staff are encouraged and supported to attend / participate in conferences and seminars if relevant to their professional development or clinical practice.


Professional development

PDRP Programme for Nurses and QLP for Midwives

St George’s is linked in to the CDHB Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) for Nurses and the Quality Leadership Programme (QLP) for Midwives. The programme aims to:

  • Meet the requirements of Nursing Council of NZ's competency-based practising certificates
  • Meet the requirement and standards for the Midwifery Council of New Zealand
  • Recognise the commitment, professionalism and competence of nursing / midwifery staff in the delivery of patient / midwifery care
  • Support registered nurses / midwives in demonstrating their level of competency and expertise within their practice area
  • Recognise, acknowledge and value an registered nurses /midwives level of practice and contribution to their clinical area, customer service and the organisation as a whole
  • Provide monetary recognition for registered nurses whose application is accepted at Proficient and Expert level and midwives at Confident and Leadership level
  • Advance professional development
  • Promote job satisfaction and facilitate the retention of expert nurses in clinical practice

RN’s who have achieved a successful application at Competent, Proficient or Expert level are exempt from Nursing Council audit when renewing their Annual Practising Certificate. All eligible nurses and midwives are encouraged to participate in the programme.

Clinical Practice Programmes

Clinical Practice Programmes are available for Anaesthetic Technicians, CSSD Technicians and Nursery Assistants. The programmes aim to:

  • Formally recognise advanced level of skill and practice
  • Promote excellence in patient care and treatment
  • Ensure quality of service and customer satisfaction
  • To facilitate the retention of Anaesthetic Technicians, Nursery Assistants and CSSD Technicians in clinical practice
  • To promote increased job satisfaction
  • To encourage self-development and recognition of self-worth
  • To support professional development and utilisation of knowledge and skill

All eligible employees are encouraged to participate in these programmes.


New graduate nurse programme

St George’s Hospital is a partner organisation of the Canterbury District Health Board's (CDHB) Nurse Entry to Practice Programme and all new graduate nurses at St George’s attend this programme during their first year. Newly graduated nurses can apply to work at St George’s Hospital through ACE but must indicate their wish to apply to St George’s Hospital on the cover letter of their application.

St George's Hospital offers new graduate nurses a friendly and supportive learning environment across a wide range of services and diverse specialties.

New graduates will receive a full orientation programme under the guidance of experienced preceptors giving new graduates the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge.

Applicants must:

  • Be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • Hold a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from a New Zealand Nursing Programme or equivalent overseas university qualification
  • Hold a New Zealand Registered Nurse registration and a current Annual Practice Certificate with no restrictions that would have a negative impact on ability to participate in the programme
  • Have graduated within the last 2 years and practiced as a Registered Nurse for less than six months at the time the programme commences

Recruitment process:

  • Positions will be advertised on the website and through SEEK approximately 4 months before commencement dates
  • Applications must be submitted through the Nursing ACE recruitment centre
    • Select CDHB
    • Indicate in your cover letter that you are interested in applying at St Georges Hospital
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on site
  • Applicants will be advised of interview outcomes and offers made according to ACE guidelines and timeframes
  • It is NOT a requirement to have completed a clinical placement at St George’s Hospital to be considered for a new graduate position

For further information on the programme please contact Wendy Davie:


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