The opportunities

Cardiac nursing opportunities are available for registered nurses with talent and a passion for cardiac nursing. MonashHeart is the largest provider of inpatient cardiac services in Victoria, admitting over 7,200 patients with acute heart conditions each year. There are many different career opportunities for cardiac nursing across our five units. Our nurse unit managers and clinical nurse educators are committed to investing in your ongoing education and training, to challenge you and to help you to reach your potential.

Cardiac nursing options are varied and fall into three main areas:

  • Cardiac care nursing (cardiology)
  • Cardiac catheterisation laboratory nursing
  • Cardiothoracic nursing

Each area offers different nursing skill development, different clinical practice challenges and different hours of work. We even offer shared employment opportunities across cardiac areas. We collaborate closely with our medical colleagues and allied health professionals in delivering the very best of cardiac care 24/7 for our emergency, emergent and elective patients.

Nursing services are provided across two Monash Health sites in five nursing units including:

  • Cardiac care unit
    Site: Dandenong Hospital, Dandenong
    Number of beds: 16 beds (six acute beds and ten step-down beds)
  • Cardiac care unit
    Site: Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, Clayton
    Number of beds: 26 beds (featuring eight cardiac high dependency beds)
  • Cardiac care unit
    Site: Monash Medical Centre, Clayton
    Number of beds: 21 beds (eight acute beds and 13 step-down beds)
  • Combined cardiology and cardiothoracic unit (Ward 32 South)
    Site: Monash Medical Centre, Clayton
    Number of beds: 24 beds featuring a four bed cardiac high dependency unit)
  • Cardiac catheterisation laboratories and cardiac CT
    Site: Monash Medical Centre, Clayton
    Number of cardiac catheterisation laboratories:  three
    Number of day beds: six bed immediate care centre
    320-slice cardiac CT suite
Education, training and research

Each cardiac area offers robust, proactive education and training programs such as

  • Industry supported education and training
  • In-service education programs for nursing staff
  • Work station skill development and competency assessment (eg. intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) and advanced life support (ALS)
  • Study leave to attend conferences and forums
  • Graduate nurse program rotations
  • Transition to specialty practice program – cardiac stream
  • Graduate certificate/diploma in critical care (via Deakin University)
  • Graduate certificate/diploma in interventional nursing
  • Unit specific clinical nurse educator

As MonashHeart has a firm commitment to research there are many opportunities for nursing research, with a number of our nursing team presenting at both national and international cardiology conferences and nursing forums including the Transcathetter Therapeutics Conference (Washington) and annual Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) and Australia & New Zealand Endovascular Therapies (ANZET) meetings each year. Moreover, live cases performed in the cardiac catheterisation laboratories and cared for pre, intra and post procedure by our nursing teams, are transmitted via satellite to the most prestigious of conferences in Europe, America and Asia each year.

Candidate prerequisites
  • Registered nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Satisfactory police check (if applicable)
  • Working with children check (if applicable)
  • Post graduate qualifications in critical or cardiac care preferable
Application process

Cardiac Care Unit, Dandenong enquiries to

Ms Chris Rasmussen
Nurse Unit Manager
Phone: +61 3 9544 8135
Fax:       +61 3 9544 8110
Contact Chris
Mail: Cardiac Care Unit, Dandenong Hospital, David Street, Dandenong 3175

Cardiac Care Unit, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital enquiries to

Ms Jane Purcell
Nurse Unit Manager
Phone: +61 3 9594 3160
Fax:       +61 3 9594 6900
Contact Jane
Mail: Cardiac Care Unit, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton 3168

Cardiac Care Unit, Clayton enquiries to

Ms Anna Geller
Nurse Unit Manager
Phone: +61 3 9594 4578
Fax:       +61 3 9594 6575
Contact Anna
Mail: Cardiac Care Unit, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton 3168

Ward 32 South, Clayton enquiries to

Ms Pauline Ryan
Nurse Unit Manager
Phone: +61 3 9594 3268
Fax:       +61 3 9594 6903
Contact Pauline
Mail: 32 South, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton 3168

Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories and Cardiac CT, Clayton enquiries to

Ms Kara Zantuck
Nurse Unit Manager
Phone: +61 3 9594 2946
Fax:       +61 3 9594  6007
Contact Kara
Mail: Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories and Cardiac CT, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton 3168

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