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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 have now closed for the 2016 program and September 2015 program. Interview offers have been emailed to applicants and will commence on Monday 31st August 2015. For application details please refer to the Graduate Nurse Program page.
The online medication calculation competency test is now active and all shortlisted applicants have been sent an individual email with further details.
If you experience technical (computer or
internet) difficulties when completing the online test please notify Nursing Education
on extension 9345 6716 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. We will contact you within 24 hours
(Monday to Friday) and assist you in resolving this issue.
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 Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Nursing Development Scholarship offers a unique career development opportunity
for an outstanding RCH nurse while helping achieve the RCH vision of being a
"Great Children's Hospital". The annual scholarship of $50,000 funds
a period of time spent abroad exploring practice and may also include an
appropriate study program. The recipient returns to the RCH to share the
knowledge and experience with RCH colleagues and enhance the delivery of
nursing care to patients and families.
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE,
generously gave her name in perpetuity in support of this scholarship and the
advancement of nursing at RCH. Dame Elisabeth was associated with the RCH for
80 years and in that time demonstrated her commitment and dedication to the
care, health and well being of the children of Victoria and beyond. The funding
for the scholarship is kindly provided by the fundraising efforts of the RCH
For all queries please contact Nursing.Research@rch.org.au.
This scholarship is an annual
endowment provided by the RCH League of Former Trainees and Associates (LOFT)
to support the integration of research processes into nursing practice at RCH
to support improved outcomes for patients and families. Elizabeth Fearon
was a trainee of the hospital and a Ward Sister in Pelham Street, Carlton. On
transfer of the hospital to Parkville, Elizabeth initiated the Day Surgery Unit
and continued her role as a teacher and mentor. Elizabeth was greatly respected
not only for her kindness, but her wisdom and learning. This scholarship is
given in her name as an appropriate memorial to her legacy.
The sum of $5000 will be awarded
to a current nursing employee to support paediatric research within a higher
degree OR for research within a clinical position or clinical unit to improve
patient outcomes. To be eligible candidates must be currently employed at
the Royal Children's Hospital as a Registered or Enrolled Nurse, have developed
a project plan reflecting a research question from clinical practice, and have
support from all relevant managers for the project (i.e. NUM, Director of
APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSTGRADUATE NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN SEMESTER 2, 2015, ARE NOW CLOSED AND ALL SCHOLARSHIP PARTICIPANTS INFORMED.
Please click here for all information relating to the application process and application form (you will need both documents to assist you in applying)
If you have any queries regarding the Postgraduate Nursing Scholarship please contact the Nursing Education office at email@example.com 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.
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 & Capability Workbook provides a comprehensive overview of the RCH Nursing Competency & Capability 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 & Capability 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.
* Nursing Competency renamed March 2015 to Nursing Competency & Capability