Cardiothoracic Nursing Opportunities

The St Vincent's Hospital (SVH) Heart Lung Clinical Stream in Sydney offers a variety of opportunities for nurses to begin their career and further develop their cardiothoracic skills.

Cardiothoracic Nursing Orientation

At the commencement of employment, nurses are offered structured, specialty orientation programmes with learning materials for each clinical area. During the first two years working in the cardiothoracic area, nurses are provided with multiple in-house study days.

Study day topics include:

  • Cardiac rhythm recognition
  • ECG interpretation
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Temporary cardiac pacing
  • Tracheostomy management.

Nurses are also provided with specialty study days in respiratory, cardiology, cardiothoracic, and heart & lung transplant nursing.

SVH Postgraduate Course in Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing

Nurses with at least six months cardiothoracic nursing, and eighteen months registered nursing experience, can enhance their professional development by applying for the St Vincent's Hospital 12-month Postgraduate Course in Cardiothoracic and Heart Lung Transplant Nursing.  

This course includes two clinical units provided at SVH with face-to-face teaching, paid study leave and an exciting clinical rotation programme. When combined with two online units from the Australian Catholic University, nurses will receive a recognised Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.


Please direct enquiries to Nicole Detullio, SVH Heart Lung Stream Manager