Professional Development

We believe that learning and development is crucial to ensuring the success of both our colleagues and our Hospital.

We offer our colleagues education programmes that are designed to be relevant to their development and their careers, as well as meeting the needs of our Hospital.

PDRP for Registered Nurses

St George's is linked into the Te Whatu Ora Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) for Nurses.

The programme aims to:

  • Meet the requirements of Nursing Council of NZ’s competency-based practising certificates
  • Recognise the commitment, professionalism and competence of nursing
  • Support registered nurses in demonstrating their level of competency and expertise within their practice area
  • Recognise, acknowledge and value a registered nurse's 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
  • Advance professional development
  • Promote job satisfaction and facilitate the retention of expert nurses in clinical practice

Registered Nurses 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 are encouraged to participate in the programme.

Clinical Practice Programme is available for Anaesthetic Technicians. The programme aims to:

  • Formally recognise advanced levels of skill and practice
  • Promote excellence in patient care and treatment
  • Ensure quality of service and customer satisfaction
  • To facilitate the retention of our Anaesthetic 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 skills

All eligible colleagues are encouraged to participate in this programme.

St George’s Hospital partners with Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha Canterbury, Nurse Entry to Practice Programme, and all new graduate nurses at St George’s attend this programme during their first year. Newly graduated nurses apply to work at St George’s Hospital through ACE (a collaborative graduate recruitment process for new graduate nurses) and 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 Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha Canterbury
  • 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:

At St George’s Hospital, we have our very own Leadership Academy.

This bespoke programme has been developed to enhance the leadership skills of our current leaders and prepare our future leaders at all levels within our Hospital.

The two-year, eight module and 128 hour of learning programme, encompasses the latest leadership developments, relationship and communication skills, mental fitness techniques, and personal/life skills and competencies.

The programme workshops centre around Understanding and Leading Strategy; Personal Leadership; Relationships Leadership; Team Leadership; and Leading Exemplar Performance.

We want to be part of your Leadership journey.