RSL Care + RDNS is plugging its training and education program today, in keeping with this year’s International Nurses Day theme Nurses: A Voice to Lead.

The organisation says its graduate program provides enrolled nurse graduates with the opportunity to expand and explore their professional practice while working in a structured professional setting.

The program focuses on building on the knowledge and skills gained during the nurse graduate’s diploma and applying them in the community through structured learning time and six study days delivered throughout the program.

Clinical skill sets are developed in a variety of areas such as medicines management, wound care, diabetes management, continence care and aged care in a community setting.

Demand has been high, with more than 60 applications received in the last round and high levels of interest recorded at the recent Australian College of Nursing Expo in Melbourne, where more than 2000 young health professionals and students met with representatives from the aged care provider.

RSL Care + RDNS hopes to build on that momentum to ultimately expand the program from community nursing into its broader operations, which support more than 100,000 community aged care clients across Australia and New Zealand, and more than 4300 residents in residential care and retirement communities.

Planning is now underway for a further program roll-out later this year.