Perioperative Nursing Specialisation Program

Burnside Hospital’s Specialisation Program is an excellent choice to support your progression into the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Perioperative Nursing) at the University of Adelaide. Our program has been specifically designed with the University faculty to build to your specialised perioperative degree following your nursing graduation.

We are the only private hospital to partner with the University on a course tailored for perioperative nursing, allowing you study modules while you’re working, access to workbooks and contact with lecturers. 

More info on the degree is available via:


The Burnside Perioperative Service compromises five operating theatres, day surgery facilities and a CSSD. Our strategic directives are future-focused and we acknowledge the fast pace of medical technologies. In collaboration with our surgeons and consumers, Burnside will remain at the forefront of clinical treatments to provide contemporary care for tomorrow’s patients and that makes us a great choice to help shape your future.


The program:

Once accepted, you’ll be offered a 12 month paid employment contract which is structured to develop a foundation of skills to support your ongoing career in the perioperative environment.

The Burnside Hospital program covers all perioperative specialist nursing areas across scrub / scout, post-op (recovery), anaesthetics and the short stay procedure unit (day surgery).

We only take small numbers of graduates so we can ensure you have individualised assistance and education both in and outside of the operating theatre. You won’t just be a face in the crowd!


Nuturing your career:

As a Specialisation Program participant at Burnside, your career is nurtured by a dedicated Clinical Educator who will help you retain currency and master new skills. You’ll have access to weekly education sessions run in-house and also education provided by external facilitators such as visiting specialists, company representatives and the University of Adelaide faculty. In addition, our Clinical Educator will assist you to consider your career options and set goals for your development.

You’ll also be given two paid study days each year to explore interests in the perioperative field and the opportunity to apply for training scholarships each year.

Other benefits include:

  • Salary packaging options
  • Competitive Enterprise Agreements
  • Free car parking
  • Onsite café
  • Picturesque location close to shops and the CBD


Preceptorship model:

Our preceptorship model works on a professional ‘buddy’ system, so you’ll be partnered with an experienced perioperative nurse who can support you through your program, share skills and knowledge, ask questions and debrief what you are learning.


Individual Practitioner Support (IPS)

IPS is a flexible program of support designed around your individual needs in addition to the educational components of the program. You are given one on one time with a facilitator to develop your holistic practitioner skills, such as leadership, change management and conflict resolution,


To apply:

Applications open in August / September each year and are advertised via the Burnside Hospital careers page on our website. Applications should include a covering letter, academic transcript and resume.

Enquiries are welcome to Jodie Paynter, Manager of the Perioperative Services on (08) 8202 7226.


Click here for a printable pdf version of our brochure.

Perioperative Nursing Specialisation Program

12 December 2018 / 4 MB / pdf

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