What is RIPERN?
RIPERN (rural and isolated practice endorsed registered nurses) training will support acute nursing staff in rural communities to expand their scope of practice and will allow rural health services to build on or establish a RIPERN model of care.
A RIPERN model of care allows health services to complement or supplement their capacity to provide urgent and primary care to those who need it. RIPERN-trained nurses have more advanced skills in assessing patients and can begin treating them without waiting for a doctor. They can also provide approved medicines from Schedules 2, 3 and 4, including pain relief and antibiotics.
Thank you to everyone who enquired and applied for our most recent RIPERN scholarship round. We're pleased to announced that as at 13 February 2020, all scholarships have been awarded. Due to the success of our RIPERN scholarship program another round of scholarships will open in May 2020. Please subscribe to our eNewsletter to stay up to date with the latest Murray PHN news and opportunities - click here to subscribe.
What others have said
“Knowing how the role had been successful through our existing RIPERN nurses, the scholarships were viewed as a very good option for our staff, in a small rural health service, to expand their scope of practice. Staff jumped at the opportunity to apply for the scholarships to build on their existing skills and experience. Following completion of the RIPERN training, the nursing staff have new skills in administering and supplying a range of approved medicines and improved clinical assessment skills and documentation recording. The greatest challenge for our nursing staff is to be able to make clinical assessments and decisions while chasing advice from on-call GPs via telephone. Now there’s less of a reliance on our on-call GPs, improved relationships between GPs and nurses, and increased skills, confidence and clinical leadership of endorsed nurses.” - Gerry Canny, Director of Clinical Care Heathcote Health