In this section
Nursing Education Calendar
Nursing Competency Framework & Workbooks
The Foundation of Paediatrics Program
Introduction to Paediatric Specialties Program
Child Health Assessment Program
Recognising & Responding to the Deteriorating Child Workshop
Graduate Nurse Program
APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSTGRADUATE NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN SUMMER & SEMESTER 1, 2016 HAVE NOW CLOSED AND ALL FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR SUMMER AND SEMESTER 1
Applications have now closed for the 2016 program and September 2015 program.
All RCH Nurses and midwives who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board) are expected to do a minimum number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours directly relevant to their context of practice each year. The Nursing and Midwifery Board have prepared a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that answers common queries that you might have about CPD. RCH nursing services recommend that you regularly update your own CPD record sheet and have provided a template that you can use as part of your own professional practice portfolio.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice specialty qualifications will be delivered by " Centres of Excellence" in partnership with the University of Melbourne from January 2015.
Detailed information on specialty courses courses can be found here:
Information about enrolling and completing a Graduate Diploma Nursing Practice (Mental Health) or Master of Advanced Nursing Practice can be found here; http://nursing.unimelb.edu.au/future_students/specialty_and_advanced_practice/manp
The Nursing and Midwifery Board are responsible for the regulation of nurses and midwives in Australia and as such set the standard by which performance is assessed in order for registration to be obtained in Australia. The four scopes of practice are available as individual documents on theNursing and Midwifery Board's guideline page.
The Nursing Competency Workbook provides a comprehensive overview of the RCH Nursing Competency Framework and includes many of the resources and tools to support nurses in the attainment and demonstration of competence.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 1 introduces the RCH Nursing Competency Framework, the Nursing Pathway and provides an overview of key clinical areas and nursing positions at The RCH.
Chapter 2 - Generic Competencies
Chapter 2 contains competencies for the use of all nurses working in direct patient care, regardless of area of specialty. By clearly setting expectation's for the standards of care at the RCH, the use and completion of these competencies assist in guiding safe neonatal, child and adolescent nursing practice.
Chapter 3 - Specialty Competencies
Chapter 3 contains competency assessment forms for specialty practice. It builds on the competencies contained in Chapter 2 by making explicit the expectation's of nurses working in designated areas. In addition to being available as a chapter for a designated area, specialty competency assessment forms are available individually. As nurses move to a new specialty they are able to add a new Chapter 3 to their workbook. Should a particular need be identified in a designated area, an individual assessment form from another specialty may be added.
Appendix 1 - Unit orientation
Appendix 1 provides orientation information for key clinical areas. Each clinical area has its own Appendix 1 to guide and support new nursing staff.
Appendix 2 is an index of ALL specialty competencies, including which designated areas the competencies are relevant for.