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5 Informative Courses to Upskill Yourself As An Agency Nurse or Midwife in 2021

Posted 4 months ago

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Every agency nurse whether they are enrolled or registered want the allocations team to offer them first dibs on an suitable upcoming shift, but how do we get on top of the list consistently? Upskilling and then maintaining that qualification is probably the easiest way. Take a look at the 5 courses below, some as short as 3 weeks, which can really boost your chances at obtaining more shifts with Network Nursing Agency (NNA).

1. Advanced Life Support (ALS)

Being competent and confident in a critical care ALS situation as an agency nurse is certainly a skill which is looked upon favourably by nursing agencies and hospitals. With ALS knowledge you are able to fill staff vacancies in high acuity environments where unwell patients are the norm. 

This two day course offered by the Australian Healthcare Academy (AHA) gives you the theoretical knowledge along with the practical skills necessary to perform under pressure in a resuscitation situation - and it doesn't disappoint. This course is recognised nationally within a clinical setting and suitable for all healthcare professionals. 

Click hereto see the full course details and to apply. 

2. WorkReady Support Program for Registered and Enrolled Nurses

Have you recently graduated from university as a registered nurse and are searching for your first full time nursing job? Or maybe you’ve elected to take a gap year and are looking to boost your skills before you start work? The WorkReady Support Program for Registered and Enrolled Nurses is the course for you! This program is designed to prepare you with the experience and knowledge required to begin your career as a Registered or Enrolled Nurse in Australia. You will gain the skills and critical thinking knowledge to not only apply and pursue a part/full time nursing position but it will also give you the confidence to potentially apply for a nursing agency like NNA in the future. This course is also great for nurses working in subacute areas and are looking to transition into acute care. 

Click here for details about the course structure, CPD hours gained, who can apply and much more. 

Check out the video below to see what past students had to say about the course: Video link -

3. Refresher Nursing Program

Do any of these questions/situations sound relevant to you?

  • Are you a registered or enrolled nurse who wishes to enter or re-enter into the acute care setting? 

  • Do you want to move from one role to another, like management, education or even a research role into a clinical role?

  •  Are you ready to make the transition from non-acute areas like aged care into acute care?

Then the Refresher Nursing Program is for you. This course builds on your existing knowledge and skills by providing education firstly in a classroom for a week followed by three weeks of clinical placement. Here is a snapshot of what you’ll be learning;  

  • Documentation, Policies, Procedures, and Observations

  • Handover, Communication, and Time Management

  • Admissions and Discharges including pre and post op care

  • Medication administration and calculations

  • Pain management and PCAs

  • Aseptic technique, wound care, and dressing management

  • Oxygen therapy

  • Completion of ECGs and basic ECG interpretation

  • Urinary catheter care and bladder scans

  • NGT and PEG tube care and feeding

  • Stoma and Colostomy Management

Sounds exciting, right? Click here to read more and to apply. 

4. Introduction to Cannulation and Venepuncture

Agency nurses, if you’re tired of having to rely on a fellow nurse or doctor to take a blood test or insert a cannula, this is a special course for you. This Introduction to Cannulation and Venepuncture course involves learning the theory behind cannulation and venepuncture such as the legal implications, vein selection and any potential complications. At the completion of this course you’ll receive a certificate of theory and then will be provided with a practical component which you will need to complete within your place of employment. Wouldn’t it be nice to be smiled at from the next ANUM you meet when you say yes to, “can you cannulate?” 

For more information and to apply for this course click here. 

5. Introduction to 12 Lead ECG Interpretation Course

Are you ready to be the impressive agency nurse who can quickly read and interpret an electrocardiograph (ECG)? Then you have to take a look at this course. This online course hosted by AHA includes both beginner and advanced material, gives you sound cardiovascular pathophysiology and the associated ECG findings that underpin systematic ECG interpretation. By the end of this course you’ll feel confident to perform, interpret and analyse ECG’s whilst also gaining an understanding of the management required in the clinical environment. 

To apply and to read more about this course, click here. 

Other courses recommended by NNA available for registered and enrolled nurses and midwives are:

See the full range of courses here

In summary, upskilling as an agency registered nurse or midwife can open up opportunities in the hospitals and healthcare centres you regularly get assigned. You may have the chance to look after sicker patients and work in wards or parts of the hospital you’ve never been before. This not only provides mental stimulation but it also allows you to grow professionally and meet new people. Though it can be intimidating stepping out of your comfort zone, AHA and NNA can help guide you through this short, unfamiliar time. 


Emma Smith

Registered Nurse