Western District Health Service

RUSON- Acute Care Fixed Term Part Time

Job Description


RUSON  Acute Care Services 

Registered Nurse Undergraduate Student of Nursing

Part Time 32 Hours per fortnight

Fixed Term to June 2023

About us

Western District Health Service is a leading and innovative sub-regional health service providing a comprehensive range of acute inpatient services, residential aged care and primary and community health services.

Hamilton, located 3.5 hours from Melbourne, and on the doorstep of the majestic Grampians National Park, is the hub of a large agricultural region and the centre of the shire for business, commerce, education, health, cultural and recreational facilities. 


Enjoy the rich rural lifestyle Hamilton offers and the opportunity to have recreational adventures on the nearby coast and in the Grampians.

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 You will be working alongside experienced, passionate leadership peers who are true to our values of Integrity, Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Empathy.


About the role



Exciting opportunities exists for enthusiastic Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing (RUSON) to join the team at Western District Health Service.

Positions are available in the acute services including emergency, medical and surgical units and at our aged care facilities in Coleraine, Hamilton and Penshurst.

As a RUSON you will support the health care service in assisting Registered Nurses to provide delegated aspects of care to our customers. We are looking for RUSON’s (students in year 2 and year 3 of Bachelor of Nursing- including 3rd and 4th year double degree students) to support the nursing team in the delivery of safe and quality care.

The RUSON works under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse at all times, within their level of education and assessed competencies and also under clearly defined role parameters. Applicants will be required to commit up to 0.4 EFT (32 hours per fortnight) on a roster across 7 days a week. Positions are for a fixed term (to June 2023) with the opportunity to work varying hours to align with existing study and clinical placement commitments.


The role of the RUSON is to provide support to the nursing team in the delivery of safe and quality patient/ resident  centred care. The RUSON is required to work under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse at all times, within their level of education and assessed competencies and under clearly defined role parameters. The main objectives of this role are:

  • To participate in delegated care delivery relating to patient/resident  activities of daily living, ensuring that the personal needs and comfort of patients / residents is maintained
  • To assist in providing a safe patient environment and additional supervision ensuring patient/ residents safety is maintained
  • To provide general support to the Wards/Units/facilities, ensuring effective and efficient care delivery
  • A unique experience of working across a wide range of general and specialty areas. These include; Emergency Department, Medical and Surgical Units plus Aged Care, and as part of COVID response teams.


We are seeking candidates with the following:

  • Currently completing , second or third year of Bachelor of Nursing or  second, third or fourth year of Bachelor in Nursing program. Registered as a student nurse with AHPRA with no conditions or undertakings.
  • Previous experience working in a healthcare setting would be an advantage.
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skill
  • Demonstrated satisfactory academic progress in the Bachelor of Nursing (Credit or above for all subjects and competency in clinical placements preferred but not essential)
  • Ability to work all shifts including AM, PM and night shifts over a 7 day roster

What we can offer you?

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Be part of a high functioning team
  • Generous Salary Packaging options
  • Free car parking


For more details take a look at our Position Description.


Closing date: 02 October 2022

Proposed Interview Date: Week commencing Monday 03 October 2022


The successful applicant will hold, or be able to obtain, a current employee National Criminal Police Check. 

Dependent on your position you be required to obtain an employee Victorian Working with Children Check Clearance, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme check and / or NDIS Worker Screening Check.  

All successful applicants are to comply with mandatory vaccination requirements, including COVID, at WDHS – current immunisation records and evidence is required, including COVID and Booster


At WDHS we are proud to be smoke free.



Western District Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer that has a commitment to cultural safety, inclusion and empowerment of Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander, their families and communities and encourages them to apply.  This organisation promotes the safety and wellbeing of children from culturally, linguistically diverse and aboriginal backgrounds and those with a disability.


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Western District Health Service