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Transition to Practice Support Pathways – Nursing and Midwifery

Once employed at the WCH, Nurses and Midwives will be invited by their Manager/Educator to participate in a Support Pathway which meets their unique transition needs, based on their prior knowledge and experience.

The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) is South Australia's leading provider of health services to babies, children, young people and women. The Women's and Children's Hospital provides specialist health care services to children and young people with acute and chronic conditions. The hospital also provides the state's largest neonatal and maternity services for women and their families during the continuum of childbirth.

At the Women's and Children's Hospital we recognise transitioning to a new role is an exciting (but sometimes challenging) time for both Nurses and Midwives, regardless of their previous experience.

Our transition support pathways are based on the principles of the Transition Theory (Stages and Shock models) created by Dr Judy Boychuk Duchscher (2007) with the aim of ensuring that Nurses and Midwives are supported throughout their transition journey, at both a professional and psychosocial level.

The support provided includes, but is not limited to:

  • WCHN Orientation and Nursing/Midwifery Orientation
  • Participation in relevant Paediatric or Midwifery modules (or similar based on learning needs)
  • Clinical skill development and education from ward based educators
  • Preceptor/mentor/buddy support from ward colleagues
  • Support from the Transition Support Educator N&M
  • Access to weekly Transition News emails
  • Regular Clinical and Transition progress feedback
  • Simulated learning activities
  • Access to regular Transition Support debriefs and workshops
  • Ongoing clinical education (e-learning, simulations, learning packages etc.)

Further information

Recruitment to positions at WCHN is conducted via the following page on the SA Health site:

Careers – SA Health

Please note: The TPPP-RN/RM are separate pathways specifically for Registered Nurses or Registered Midwives in their first year of professional practice – for more information about this option please refer to SA Health Careers page: Careers – SA Health.


For more information about the Transition Support Pathways, please contact:

Nurse and Midwife Transition Support Nurse Educator

Jayne Hartwig