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.
What's on offer?
For this Grant round, there are packages of up to $10,520 (excluding GST) per nurse to cover the cost of training and an additional amount of up to 10% of the course cost for study-related expenses. Up to three nurses may be nominated by each gazetted health service.
There are two RIPERN courses of study available:
- Rural and Isolated Practice (Scheduled Medicines) Registered Nurse course - 9 months
- Graduate Certificate of Health (GCHH) - 12 months
How to apply
Registered nurses (Division 1) currently working in gazetted health services within the Murray PHN catchment must be willing to commence a RIPERN course of study in 2020. Interested students are asked to send their completed applications to their health service employer, who will once approved, submit them to Murray PHN.
Applications will be assessed when received, with grants awarded within 30 days of application. This grant program will remain open until 30 May 2020 or until all scholarships have been awarded (whichever is first).
Project Manager: Penny Bolton, General Practice Lead
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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