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 2015
Our new observation charts called " ViCTOR " (Victorian Children's Tool for Observation and Response) will be live and in clinical use from Wednesday January 7th 2015 at 12 noon.
Current inpatients will be transitioned to the new ViCTOR charts during the morning shift on the 7th January 2015 under the direction of the AUM and the moible ViCTOR support team.
Mobile Victor Support Team
There will be many members of the working group available to assist you during the go live day.
Helen Codman will co-ordinate the nursing response and can be contacted on her work contact details or by using the mobile phone or pager of the Director, Nursing Education.
ViCTOR Education - Nursing staff
Education will be provided to all nursing staff from Monday 8th December 2014 by trained and prepared super-users. See your Nurse Unit Manager, Nurse Educator or Clinical Support Nurse for local session times and the names of your local super users and also look out for hospital wide sessions over the holiday period.
Training consists of a face to face group teaching session with an opportunity to view and use the new charts, instructional video and discussion around the new escalation of care and modification process and new 'Code Blue' emergency response to specific areas. A self directed e-learning is also avaliable in your individual RCH Learning Seat account.
Log on at www.learningseat.com/rch
Useful links & resources
If you have any queries regarding the Postgraduate Nursing Scholarship please contact the Nursing Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9345 6716.
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.
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 are open for the 2015 Graduate Certificates in Nursing Practice.
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 - 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.