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Nursing Education Calendar
Nursing Competency Framework & Workbooks
Recognising & Responding to the Deteriorating Child Workshop
Paediatric Foundation Program
Graduate Nurse Program 2015
Recruitment for the 2015 Graduate Nurse Program is now complete with all positions filled via the PMCV computer match process.
Those who are unmatched at this time should refer to the PMCV for further information and advice. At this stage, RCH has no further graduate nurse positions available for 2015.
Information about the 2015 scholarship program will be available here shortly, announced on the staff bulletin and communicated via nursing email distribution lists.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice specialty qualifications are likely to be delivered by Centres of Excellence in partnership with the University of Melbourne from 2015. The information sessions highlighting the key changes are being facilitated by Sharon Kinney & Melody Trueman with dates and venues being advertised on the staff intranet.
Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate is dependent on meeting the registration and clinical experience requirements as outlined on the university website. Prospective students must also be employed in the relevant specialty area and have the support of their Nurse Unit Manager/Manager to facilitate completion of specialty clinical competencies.
Applications will open shortly for the 2015 Graduate Certificates in Nursing Practice. In the meantime, please register an expression of interest in your chosen specialisation using the link on the university course page http://nursing.unimelb.edu.au/future_students/specialty_and_advanced_practice/pcnp RCH nurses should also inform their nurse unit manager/manager of their intention to enrol in a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice in 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
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 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 RCH 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 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.
APPLICATIONS FOR STUDIES IN SEMESTER 2, 2014 ARE NOW CLOSED AND APPLICANTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL OUTCOME.
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If you have any queries regarding the Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships or your application status please contact the Nursing Education office at email@example.com or on 9345 6716.