Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing – Perioperative – Werribee Mercy Hospital


Through the Postgraduate Certificate of Nursing, we offer a one-year program (graduate certificate) for registered nurses who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in perioperative nursing.

Werribee Mercy Hospital facilitates the clinical component of this 12-month course, in conjunction with the College of Nursing by distance education.

Successful applicants will rotate through all areas of the perioperative environment, including the instrumentation and circulating role, and the anaesthetic and recovery roles.

Mercy Health currently has an agreement with Barwon Health where our perioperative students experience cardiac surgery at a placement in Geelong theatres. This placement is a well-received and worthwhile experience for our students.

Students are employed for a minimum of 24 hours a week (by negotiation with previous perioperative experience) to a maximum of 36 hours a week. The program starts in February and runs for a period of 12 months.

Department Information

Werribee Mercy Hospital is planning to increase our capacity from four theatres and one endoscopy unit to six theatres and two endoscopy units in order to meet the growing demand for our perioperative services.

We currently average around 640 operations a month and cover a wide variety of specialties including:

  • general
  • laparoscopic
  • ENT
  • urology
  • gynaecology
  • obstetrics
  • orthopaedic
  • vascular
  • dental
  • specialist paediatric
  • endoscopy.

How to apply

Course notification: the course will be advertised in August/September. It will be placed on the following websites: Mercy Health Career’s website and Seek.


Primary contact

Nicole Whiting

Perioperative Nurse Educator
Werribee Mercy Hospital
300 Princes Highway
Werribee Vic 3030

Ph (03) 8754 3700 or 8754 3504

Affiliated education institution

Australian College of Nurses

Last reviewed September 20, 2017.